Afghan pomegranate growers squeezed as prices drop | AFP

Pomegranate farmers in southern Afghanistan — where growing the juicy fruit is an important alternative to opium poppy production — say they are feeling the squeeze this year, with business blemished by chilly weather, pests and export woes.

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Today in History for November 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated; Taliban regime flees Afghan capital; President Bill Clinton to pay Paula Jones; Alabama’s top judge removed amid Ten Commandments flap; ‘Lion King’ opens on Broadway. (Nov. 13)

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Migrants lose in futile game on Hungary-Serbia frontier | AFP

Asurma Arab and her family spent more than two years waiting in Serbia for their chance to cross the steel fence that Hungary erected along its border to keep out migrants. Little did the Afghan family know, their asylum plea was already a lost cause.

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‘The Kill Team’ goes from doc to Hollywood film

Alexander Skarsgard and Nat Wolff of “The Kill Team,” a documentary turned film both by Dan Krauss, discuss “toxic masculinity” and hoping viewers put themselves in the shoes of the soldiers. The film is based on the true story of American soldiers murdering innocent Afghan civilians nearly a decade ago. (Oct. 25)

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Bored of male heroes, Afghan girl coders build their own champions | AFP

Like the princess who hops over goblins and throws daggers at evil wizards in the video game they built, a team of women coders in patriarchal Afghanistan wants to inspire a generation of girls.

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Greece: 4 years later migrants plead freedom from “hell”

Four years after the start of the biggest migration crisis in the history of the European Union, migrants crossing to Greece are starting to pick up again. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced that arrivals by sea from Turkey to Greece, mostly Afghan and Syrian families, increased to 10,258 in September. It said this was the highest monthly total since 2016, when the EU reached an accord with Turkey to stem the flow of arrivals.

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, September 28th: For Trump, a high-velocity threat like none other he’s faced; Buttigieg’s mom balances fears with hope; Fraud, misconduct threaten Afghan presidential election; Rehabilitating injured sloths in Costa Rica.

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Fraud the main enemy for Afghan election officials | AFP

In a dusty Kabul suburb, hundreds of workers check and recheck biometric fingerprint readers — part of a massive effort to ensure Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election is not tainted by fraud allegations that have marred previous polls.

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Director’s cut: the Afghan woman making waves at all-male film board | AFP

In the dilapidated offices of Afghanistan’s state-run film board, where old movie reels are stacked in rusting canisters, Sahraa Karimi heads the all-male team she hopes will help drag the nation’s cinema from the lingering shadow of Taliban rule.

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Blast near Afghan presidential rally kills at least 24 | AFP

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 24 people near a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections. IMAGES

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Trump: Talks with Taliban are ‘dead’

U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, one day after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war. (Sept. 9)

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Afghanistan focused on peace despite Trump | AFP

The Afghan presidency says US President Donald Trump’s calling off of talks with the Taliban reflects concerns raised in Afghanistan, and that the country is still focussed on peace.

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Son of famed Afghan warrior Massoud steps into spotlight | AFP

Eighteen years after the assassination of the legendary anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, his only son is hoping to continue the mission against insurgents by jumping into Afghanistan’s chaotic political fray.

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Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul kills more than 60 people | AFP

Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage late on Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months. IMAGES of blast site.

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Afghan palace emerges from ruins as centenary nears | AFP

Reduced to ruins by decades of war, the Darulaman palace in Kabul is being fully renovated. Work at the famed palace must be completed by August 19, the date marking 100 years of Afghan independence from Britain, when President Ashraf Ghani will inaugurate the newly renovated structure.

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Afghan ambassador: Attacks endanger peace talks

Unrelenting Taliban attacks like the deadly car bomb that rocked Kabul on Wednesday are undermining the credibility of negotiations to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. said. (Aug. 7)

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