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President Biden's Decision To Withdraw From Afghanistan May Have Derailed Peace Talks

Thursday, April 22, 2021

President Biden's announcement for U.S. and foreign forces to withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to have derailed the peace process that was meant to wind down the conflict in that country.


Australia Investigates War Crime Allegations In Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Months after an Australian army inquiry acknowledged potential war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by members of its elite forces, more Afghan victims are coming forward to demand justice.


Defense Secretary Austin Makes Unannounced Visit To Afghanistan

Sunday, March 21, 2021

As President Biden faces a decision on whether to withdraw troops from the country, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin went to tour the region himself in a visit to the capital of Kabul.


Amid A Wave Of Targeted Killings In Afghanistan, She's No. 11 On A Murder List

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Journalist Fatima Roshanian has faced threats before, but she and many other Afghans say the risk to their lives is more serious than ever. "People are being killed everyday, everywhere," she says.


The U.S. Is On Track To Miss May 1 Deadline To Pull All Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The U.S. promised to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by May 1 when it signed a deal with the Taliban last year. Now, it looks like it will miss that deadline as peace talks crawl along.


U.S. May Miss Deadline For Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan, Biden Says

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The president said it would be "tough" to meet the May 1 deadline agreed to by the Trump administration. "The withdrawal must be completed by the first of May," a Taliban spokesman told NPR.


Countries Face A Variety Of Obstacles In Getting Vaccines In Their Citizens' Arms

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mistrust towards China-produced vaccines, general vaccine hesitancy and distribution complications have all been obstacles in getting the vaccine out in some countries.


U.S. Warns Kabul It May Withdraw All Forces By May 1 If Peace Talks Do Not Progress

Monday, March 08, 2021

In a letter reportedly sent to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. "has not ruled out any option" and asked him to "understand the urgency of my tone."


3 Afghan Journalists Are Shot To Death In A Spate Of Targeted Killings

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Three Afghan female journalists were killed in the eastern part of the country on Tuesday. It's part of an on-going wave of assassinations aimed at journalists and human rights activists.


Pakistan's Polio Playbook Has Lessons For Its COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The pandemic has slowed efforts to eradicate the contagious disease. Yet the country's polio effort offers insights on the launch of its coronavirus vaccine campaign.


Why Most Pakistanis Can't See The Film Pakistan Is Submitting For An Oscar Nod

Monday, February 08, 2021

Zindagi Tamasha has come under fire for its portrayal of a its Muslim cleric. Critics add it to a growing list of entertainment shelved this year in response to outcries from the religious right.


Pakistan's Polio Fight Provides Structure — And Concern — For COVID Vaccination

Saturday, February 06, 2021

The country had nearly annihilated polio before conspiracy theories gave the disease room to spread. An army of health workers is set to give coronavirus vaccines too — if Pakistanis will take them.


Pakistan's Vaccine Worries: Rich People And Conspiracy Theorists

Friday, January 29, 2021

The fifth most populous country has put strategies in place to address anti-vaccine sentiment and prevent elites from using their influence to obtain government vaccines.


Pakistan Court Orders Release Of Man Accused Of Killing 'Wall Street Journal' Reporter

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Journalist Daniel Pearl's beheaded body was found in a shallow grave in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in 2002. The murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was overturned last year.


Pakistanis Won't Get To Watch Their Country's Oscar Submission

Monday, January 25, 2021

Pakistan's Oscar submission for the best international feature category is a film that Pakistanis cannot watch — as gatekeepers weed out media that are seen as violating the country's moral code.


'I Cry At Night': Afghan Mothers Struggle To Feed Their Children In The Pandemic

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The U.N. finds that nearly half of all children younger than 5 in Afghanistan, some 3.1 million, are facing acute malnutrition. Mothers share their plight to provide the children sustenance.


Examining COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts Around The World

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

While Israel has already vaccinated half a million citizens against the coronavirus, the vaccine timeline for poor countries will be much longer. We look at Israel, Pakistan and the Philippines.


U.N. Estimates Many In Afghanistan Are Suffering From Hunger

Monday, December 28, 2020

As the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years, it leaves behind a country made worse by the pandemic. The situation for children under five is dire: more than 40% are acutely malnourished.


Man Charged With Killing Journalist Daniel Pearl Ordered Released By Pakistan Court

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh's murder conviction was overturned in April and he was ordered released for time served for kidnapping Pearl. He has remained in detention pending appeals.


'Our Houses Are Not Safe': Residents Fear Taliban In Afghanistan's Capital

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Taliban have waged attacks across the country, prompting a call to reduce the violence from Gen. Mark Milley. In Kabul, the public worries about the Taliban's return.