- Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output Updated: May-05-15 2:06 am
ZHARI, Afghanistan - It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
- Taliban kill 17 Afghans even as they 'welcome' peace push Updated: May-04-15 12:07 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.
- Former soldiers try to spur manufacturing in Afghanistan Updated: Apr-30-15 12:26 pm
TACOMA, Washington - Matt Griffin and Andy Sewrey felt triumphant as they drove through Kabul on the back of a pickup truck. The brothers-in-law sat on 2,000 pairs of designer sandals they had just commissioned from an Afghan factory to launch their own business.
- For Afghanistan's abandoned children, help is scarce Updated: Apr-29-15 1:50 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Starved and beaten by his stepmother, the little boy with big brown eyes was already withdrawn and unhappy by the time his father banished him from the family home and sent him to an orphanage in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
- For Afghan women, violence remains entrenched despite gains Updated: Apr-07-15 9:43 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - For the past year, the 17-year-old has lived in a shelter in Afghanistan's capital, hoping for a new life away from the sexual abuse that turned her family inside out.
- Afghan women activists face rising violence, Amnesty says Updated: Apr-07-15 6:49 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan women activists who are working to improve the human rights situation in their country face increased violence, including threats, sexual assault and assassinations, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
- Afghan woman killed by mob becomes icon for justice, rights Updated: Apr-05-15 9:31 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Poets, musicians, actors and activists packed an empty shop in a Kabul mall to commemorate the short life and violent death of a woman who has become a symbol for justice and women's rights in a country that historically elevates warlords and battlefield heroes to national icons.