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Taliban claim responsibility for attacks on police, Kabul hotel

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, March 20 (UPI) -- The Taliban in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for an attack Thursday on a Jalalabad police station and for gunfire at an exclusive Kabul hotel.

British provincial team ends work in Helmand

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law testifies at his terrorism trial

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law testifies at his terrorism trial

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law testified at his trial in New York Wednesday that he was not involved in terrorist attacks.
Women vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. says

Women vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 19 (UPI) -- Elections can only be representative if all members of society, including women, play a role, the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
NATO's strategic ace: Vladimir Putin

NATO's strategic ace: Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The most successful military alliance in history has lacked a real enemy since the Soviet Union disintegrated a quarter of a century ago.
Harlan Ullman, Outside View contributor

15 killed in suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan

MAIMANAH, Afghanistan, March 18 (UPI) -- At least 15 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a market in northern Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said.
Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 18 (UPI) -- Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.

Sinclair pleads guilty to reduced charges in sexual assault case

FORT BRAGG, N.D., March 17 (UPI) -- Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair formally pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges at his sexual assault court-martial at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

March 17 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave his final address to parliament Saturday, reiterating his opposition to signing the Bilateral Service Agreement with the U.S.
JC Finley
Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged Saturday that Pakistan is supporting terrorism because it wants a regime in Afghanistan it can control.

Gunmen kidnap 18 men from tribal village near Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 15 (UPI) -- Armed gunmen raided a village near Peshawar in Pakistan's volatile northwestern tribal area early Saturday and kidnapped 18 men, officials say.

18 Taliban militants killed or injured in Afghan military operations

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15 (UPI) -- At least 18 militants were killed or injured during military operations conducted in Faryab, Zabul, Logar and Ghor provinces of Afghanistan, officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 15, 2014.
By United Press International
Deadly explosions shake Quetta, Peshawar in Pakistan

Deadly explosions shake Quetta, Peshawar in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, March 14 (UPI) -- At least 20 people were killed Friday in bombings in the cities of Quetta and Peshawar in Pakistan, officials said.

Roadside bomb blast kills six civilians in Helmand province

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 14 (UPI) -- At least six civilians, including two women and two children, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said.
Bombing ends lull in violence against Pakistani minority

Bombing ends lull in violence against Pakistani minority

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI Next) --A suicide bombing that killed dozens of Shiite religious pilgrims on a bus near Quetta ended a lull in violence against Pakistan's Hazara minority.
Moniza Inam

Long-term drought, power shortages slam villages in Pakistan province

QUETTA, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI Next) --Drought and power shortages have decimated local agriculture and driven some villagers in Pakistan's Balochistan province to Quetta, the provincial capital.
Malik Achakzai
Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (UPI) -- Provincial council and presidential elections in Afghanistan will likely have some flaws, a report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.
Islamic militant group claims responsibility for murder of Swedish journalist in Afghanistan

Islamic militant group claims responsibility for murder of Swedish journalist in Afghanistan

March 12 (UPI) -- A militant group calling itself Fidayee Front of Afghanistan's Islamic Movement has claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul.
JC Finley

Afghan right to vote critical, U.N. envoy says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 12 (UPI) -- The right of all Afghans to take part in provincial council and presidential elections in April must be protected, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said Wednesday.

Man who backed out of shoe bomb plot testifies at Abu Ghaith trial

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- The man who plotted with shoe bomber Richard Reid testified in the federal terror trial in New York against al-Qaida publicist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

Military judge suspend sex assault trial against Sinclair indefinitely

FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 11 (UPI) -- The sex assault court-martial against U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was halted Tuesday as Sinclair's lawyers and prosecutors tried to negotiate a plea.

Swedish radio reporter gunned down in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 11 (UPI) -- Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner was gunned down by unknown attackers Tuesday outside a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, his employer confirmed.
Swedish journalist shot dead in Afghanistan

Swedish journalist shot dead in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 11 (UPI) -- Swedish journalist Nils Horner was gunned down Tuesday in an assassination-style killing, raising questions about the safety of foreigners in Afghanistan.
Ananth Baliga

USGS maps Afghan natural resources

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Detailed mapping of Afghanistan provides a "backbone" for future natural resource development, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
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