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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Afghanistan

The $20,000 pet lion that lives on a Kabul rooftop

For Kabul's wealthy elite some things are de rigueur: armed guards, a marble-clad mansion, a blacked-out SUV. But one man has taken the flamboyant lifestyle a step further and bought a lion.

Afghan policewoman shoots dead foreign adviser

A female Afghan police officer on Monday shot dead a foreign civilian adviser in Kabul police headquarters in the first such "insider" attack by a woman, NATO said.

Karzai hints at conditional immunity for US troops post-2014

Afghanistan may consider giving conditional immunity from local prosecution for US troops remaining in the country after NATO forces withdraw in 2014, President Hamid Karzai said today.

Syria fires Scud missiles at rebels

Syrian government forces have fired Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, escalating the 2-year-old conflict against rebels seeking to overthrow the regime, US officials said Wednesday.

'4,000 domestic violence cases in Afghanistan in 7 months'

About 4,000 cases of domestic violence have been reported in Afghanistan in the last seven months, chairperson of Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission Dr Sima Samar has said.

Beneath the burqa: Afghan women opt for cosmetic surgery

Despite living much of their lives behind a veil, some Afghan women are feeling pressure to conform to ideals of female beauty and are lining up for cosmetic surgery at a handful of clinics in Kabul.

Karzai: Afghan spy chief bomber came from Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the assassination attempt on the country's intelligence chief was planned in neighboring Pakistan.

US-led coalition: US doctor rescued from Taliban

An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the US-led military coalition said.

Afghan woman official assassinated: police

Gunmen assassinated an Afghan women's affairs official on Monday just months after her predecessor was blown up by a bomb, police said.

Afghan op: US soldier killed in NRI rescue

US President Barack Obama and his defence secretary Leon Panetta have praised special forces for conducting a successful rescue operation in Afghanistan that left one American soldier and seven militants dead.

Suicide car bomb targets Afghan NATO airbase

A suicide car bomb exploded near a NATO airbase in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing two civilians, wounding 15 others and injuring four foreign soldiers, police said.

Landmine blast kills 10 Afghan girls: officials

Ten young girls were killed when a landmine exploded Monday while they were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, officials said.

Large explosion near NATO base in Kabul

A blast inside a Kabul compound owned by a contractor working for the Afghan army killed one person and wounded 15 more, police and witnesses said.

Kabul peace plan may bring Taliban into govt

Five-point roadmap talks about releasing terror group’s detainees in Pakistan, dropping sanctions against its leaders and also its direct entry into politics.

Six Taliban militants killed in Afghan blast

Six Taliban militants were killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province today when an explosive device they were planting on a road went off accidentally, Xinhua reported.
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