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Stories about Afghanistan

20 February 2015

Afghanistan Makes History in Cricket World Cup, Despite Debut Loss to Bangladesh

Afghanistan competed in its first ever game in the Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh, also comparatively new to the international sporting competition.

30 January 2015

Language Politics Back in the Spotlight in Afghanistan

Dari and Pashto, Afghanistan's two most widely-spoken languages, are also the country's two official languages. In parliament, the two tongues vie for power.

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

26 November 2014

Mother Who Claims to Have Killed 10 Taliban Militants Becomes National Hero in Afghanistan

A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.

1 September 2014

Afghanistan's Ice Bucket Challengers Ask Presidential Rivals to ‘Be Cool!’

With tensions between supporters of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah threatening to boil over, a group of young Afghans are dumping ice on troubled water.

7 July 2014

“No Less than a Miracle”: Afghanistan's Next President is… Ashraf Ghani?

Whether they were "ghost votes" or "clean votes" Ashraf Ghani appears to have more of them than his bitter rival for the Afghan presidency, Abdullah Abdullah. So, what happens next?

16 June 2014

Afghans Survive Severed Fingers to Cast Second Round Votes

In April, Afghans participated in the first round of historic presidential elections. In the second round, Taliban militants sliced off Afghan fingers, but millions of votes were cast anyway.

7 April 2014

Afghanistan Shows the Taliban the Middle Finger

Afghans have faced down the Taliban and their votes are being counted. Meanwhile, one candidate is already declaring himself the first round's preliminary leader.

5 April 2014

How Sore will Afghanistan's Presidential Losers Prove?

The victor of Afghanistan's hotly-contested presidential vote will probably need a second round to prevail and may never get to hear his opponents' concession speeches: This is winner takes all.

31 March 2014

Afghanistan: ‘My Best Weapon to Fight the Taliban is My Voter Card’

Afghanistan's voters are in a defiant mood as they ready themselves for the polls, ignoring an intensification of civillian-focused attacks by "desperate" Taliban insurgents.

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