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Reporter In Kabul Wins Award For Courage In Journalism

Rolling Stone's Matthieu Aikins reported on this year's opium harvest — the biggest in Afghanistan's history. He also talks about traveling with a rescue crew in Syria and a Shia militia in Iraq.
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How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.
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6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay, U.S. Says

Four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian were released to the South American country early today as part of a deal to reduce the inmate population at the controversial prison.
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American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

American photojournalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Sean Carberry in Afghanistan about what happened.
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Hagel: 10,800 Troops To Stay In Afghanistan After Dec. 31

The secretary of defense says an additional 1,000 troops will remain to support a NATO training program.
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Q&A: J is for Jihad

A new book argues that education aid, when done badly, can bring the opposite of peace.
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At Afghan Conference, Western Governments Affirm Their Commitments

Some 50 countries met in London this week to boost Afghanistan's prospects after foreign combat forces withdraw at the end of the year. The gathering was intended to help chart the country's future.
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Afghan Activists Hope For Larger Say In Country's Future

About 50 civil society activists from Afghanistan are in London for a major international conference. They hope to have a larger say in their country's future than they have in the past.
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International Conference May Help Afghanistan Hit The Reset Button

London hosts a conference this week that could set the course for the next decade in Afghanistan. The new Afghan president will meet Western government leaders, some of them for the first time.
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For Giving Tuesday: A Guide To Gifts That Give Back

Boots from a Guatemalan village. A basket woven in Rwanda. Kenyan soda cans that became cool cuffs. Money spent on these and other items provides a better life for artisans in the developing world.

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