Unemployment slows returns in Herat

HERAT, (IRIN) - Standing in a long queue under the shadow of towering pine trees outside the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, 52-year-old returnee Ghulam Haider plans to go back

President Karzai Orders Investigation into the Kandahar Incident

Arg, Kabul – H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who is currently in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit, was notified of the incident in the Panjwayi district o

Afghanistan's Arman-i-Kabul wins four-nation soccer tournament

KABUL, May 19 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Arman-i-Kabul Friday defeated Umeed-i-Kabul by two goals on the fifth day of the six-day football competitions organised in connection with the National Olympic Da

UN concerned over recent violence in the south

KABUL, (IRIN) - The United Nations has expressed deep concern over a recent upsurge in violence in Afghanistan’s south, calling on government and US-led coalition forces to ensure the safety of civili

Indian soap opera transfixes Afghanistan

Chances are, he or she will be settled down in front of the television for a daily fix of an Indian soap opera. And they won't want to be disturbed. The series "The mother-in-law was a daughter-in

Tuberculosis, The disease of the poor

On a warm May morning, on the lawn of the German Medical Services clinic, Hussun watches as her young daughter coughs painfully. The coughing started a week ago and did not stop so Hussun took her dau

Furthering female fitness in Herat

HERAT, 16 May 2006 (IRIN) - Gold’s Gym is one of the most popular sports for women in the western Afghan city of Herat. The first female sports centre to open in this conservative city, it is spearhea

Administrator discusses programme issues with UNDP Afghanistan staff

UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said the UNDP Country Office (CO) in Afghanistan should be positioned to both act as the leader of the recovery cluster and plan and implement long term development and

More weapons surrendered

KABUL, (IRIN) - Former militia commanders in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar have voluntarily surrendered a number of weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, o

Afghanistan’s first investment conference attracts many

The first ever gathering of investors in Afghanistan was inaugurated today by President Hamid Karzai with an appeal to businessmen to bring in more money now to take out more later. Speaking to a

Kabul International Exhibition begins

Kabul International Exhibition 2006 was opened in Kabul on Monday to promote private investment opportunities in Afghanistan. The exhibition was organised by Afghanistan Investment Support Agency

“KABUL THROUGH OUR EYES” - A Photographic Exhibition

n April 2006 a group of ASCHIANA street kids and some Kabul University students (ages from 15 – 25) participated in a 3 week photography workshop conducted by IPSUM (Austria). As part of the course th

Afghanistan’s notorious Pul-i-Charki - a pilot for prison reform

It’s overcrowded and understaffed, security is shaky, it lacks sufficient electricity and water, and in late February a prison riot caused thousands of dollars worth of damage and left six inmates dea

New scheme to control smuggling of chemicals used to produce heroin

KABUL, 8 May 2006 (IRIN) - To stem the import of key chemicals used in the production of heroin to Afghanistan, the government and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), have initiated a

Meet Kabul’s favourite bahu

Every evening at 8.30 life in much of the Afghan capital is suspended for half an hour. Children take a break from homework, their parents and grandparents from the daily grind as Kabul follows the tr

Air Arabia now flies to Afghanistan / Kabul

Dubai: Launching its second new destination this month, Air Arabia, the first low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, made its first flight to Kabul on Thursday in a landmark event for

IOM Projects Build Capacity of Local Construction Firms

Hundreds of local Afghan construction firms are benefiting from an IOM programme that has completed 1,100 construction projects in the war-shattered country at a cost of some US$85 million since 2002.

Minister of Telecommunications Inaugurates GIS Center in Kabul

May 4, 2006, Kabul Afghanistan : As yet another step in the process of capacity building, Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications will be able to design and print any type of maps of the country thanks

Final results from Italy confirmed Avian Influenza H5N1 HPAI in four provinces of Afghanistan

Kabul, 05 May 2006 - On 4 May 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in Afghanistan received the, definitive results of tests on 103 samples which were

Afghan governors meet, discuss future of southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Governors from five southern provinces met here April 25 to discuss the future of their provinces, share ideas and move toward a cooperative approach to addressing the concerns

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