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Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep. The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54948665/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/anxious-chin...

Journalist Shot Dead, Another Injured in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A police officer shot two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and wounding the other. Award-winning Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed while getting into a vehicle with reporter ...http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/afghanistan-election/journalist-shot-dead-anoth...

Female Lawmaker Defiant After Assassination Bid in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen sprayed a prominent female politician's vehicle with bullets in the Afghan capital on Tuesday but the victim remained defiant. Mariam Koofi was hospitalized with a wounded leg, according to her family. Her wounds were not ...http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/female-lawmaker-defiant-after-assassination-bi...

Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54969241/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/

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Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Updated April. 15, 2014

Afghanistan i / æ f ˈ ɡ æ n ɨ s t æ n Pashto: افغانستان, Afġānistān), officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked ...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan

The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency

Updated April. 15, 2014

Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won ...https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/af.html

Afghanistan News - Breaking World Afghanistan News - The ...

Updated April. 15, 2014

World news about Afghanistan. Breaking news and archival information about its people, politics and economy from The New York Times.http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/afghani...

Afghanistan - U.S. Department of State

Updated April. 15, 2014

On May 2, 2012, the United States and Afghanistan signed the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the ...http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5380.htm