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Afghan Rivals Have Signed Power-Sharing Agreement

The country's presidential election, which has been disputed for months, is finally be coming to an end, as the two candidates signed a deal Sunday to create a unity government.
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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
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Not Every Afghan Institution Is Efficient; This One Is

When NPR's Kabul bureau caught fire recently, it came as a pleasant surprise that the fire department in the Afghan capital is good at putting out fires.
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Suicide Bombing In Kabul Kills 3 NATO Troops

The Taliban is claiming credit for the attack on a military convoy traveling near the U.S. Embassy that also wounded nearly 20 people, including more than a dozen civilians.
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As A U.S. War Winds Down, Afghans Look For A Way Out

Applications are soaring for a special U.S. visa program for Afghans. But many applicants don't qualify and are trying to bluff, bribe or buy their way in.
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Charter Plane Carrying Americans Ordered To Land In Iran

A senior State Department official says the flight from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan was rerouted because of a "bureaucratic issue." The State Department says the plane has now landed in Dubai.
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Romanian Hub Used By U.S. Military Is In A Strategic Location

There are 30,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 20,000 will head home shortly. Millions of them transited in and out through a base in Kyrgyzstan, until the government there didn't renew the lease.
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As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

U.S. combat troops will be gone by year's end and Afghanistan is still trying to sort out its presidential election. The Taliban, meanwhile, have launched some of their largest offensives in years.
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'Lady Al-Qaida' And The Business Of Prisoner Swaps

Arun Rath talks to journalist Shane Harris about his Foreign Policy story on "Lady al-Qaida," Aafia Siddiqui. The Pakistani-born woman was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008.
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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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