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Egypt presidential poll set for late May

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi widely expected to win the election in the first round, to be held on May 26 and 27.

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Afghans register for polls despite attacks

Voters remain defiant and rush to register for Saturday’s election despite numerous recent Taliban attacks.

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Evaluating teachers based on student performance is ‘punitive measure that demoralizes teachers’

What is the policy of evaluating teachers on their students’ performance really about? Ostensibly, it is designed to improve public schools by holding teachers accountable. However, by failing to take into account several factors…

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Hamid Karzai’s tangled legacy: inept failure or anti-Taliban hero?

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A look at the extraordinary career of the Afghan president, the leader first hailed by the west who is now widely attacked for his perceived weaknesses, as he prepares to give up powerAmid the dust and traffic of today’s Kabul, three things remain almost as they were a decade or so ago. In winter, and when the wind clears the smog that is a side-effect of years of economic boom, the blue sky above the snowcapped peaks that ring the city is as impressive as ever. Then there is the Arg, the sprawling palace at the city’s centre and the apparently calm eye of a turbulent storm of a country. The complex is home to the third element that has remained constant since the end of the Taliban’s grim regime in 2001: Hamid Karzai, now in his 13th year of power.However, Karzai, 56, will soon be gone. He is constitutionally barred from contesting next weekend’s elections and soon this theatrical, mercurial, complex man will have to find a new occupation. Many, particularly in Washington, will be relieved.

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Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif government holds its first talks with Taliban

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Peace talks held in ‘cordial atmosphere’, though many militant groups who carry out violence are not linked to Pakistani TalibanA Pakistani government team held direct talks with the Taliban after travelling on Wednesday to a secret location in the country’s northwest, part of a push by prime minister Nawaz Sharif to strike a peace deal to end an insurgency that has killed thousands of people in recent years.Although previous Pakistani governments have spoken directly with Taliban representatives, these are the first such negotiations since Sharif took office last June. Over the past month or so, intermediaries representing the two sides have met and laid the groundwork for the talks.

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The Chance to Crush Al Qaeda

In 2001 the U.S. almost killed Osama bin Laden, but a series of bad decisions from the White House and Pentagon allowed al Qaeda’s leaders to escape and continue fighting.

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Local Turf-Sharing Accord With the Taliban Raises Alarm in Afghanistan

An Afghan Army commander is said to have brokered a turf-sharing deal with the Taliban, a sign of what may come once international troops withdraw.

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How Bin Laden Escaped

In 2001, a small U.S. special operations force had won extraordinary victories in Afghanistan and closed in on Bin Laden before high-level blunders allowed him to escape into Pakistan.

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The Saturday Profile: A Karzai Impersonator Finds Fame and Misfortune

A young man named Zabiullah sounds exactly like the Afghan president, but that is where the similarities end.

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Afghan Leader Agrees to Talks on Closer Iran Ties

President Hamid Karzai’s meeting with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran also helped distance him from the United States, with which he has had sharp disagreements.

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Justice for Abused Afghan Women Still Elusive, U.N. Report Says

The report, released by the United Nations, said years of intensive efforts by Afghan and international rights advocates have done little to increase prosecutions.

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Chuck Hagel Arrives in Kabul

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Afghan defense minister says deal will come soon.

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Taliban: No Peace if U.S. Stays

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With the Bilateral Security Agreement between Kabul and Washington in limbo, Taliban commanders say any continued U.S.

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9 Afghans Killed in Attack Near Indian Consulate

Three suicide attackers killed at least nine civilians, most of them children, in a botched attack Saturday on the Indian consulate in an eastern Afghan city near the border with Pakistan.

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Karzai Signs Second Election Law, Clearing Way for Presidential Vote Next Year

If the vote is held and a new leader replaces President Hamid Karzai, it would be the first time Afghanistan has had a peaceful transfer of power.

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News Analysis: Rifts Over Fees and Taliban Sour Afghanistan Exit

There is a growing willingness by Afghan officials, from the president’s office down through the ministries, to publicly counter what they see as American arrogance.

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Taking On Rules to Ease Sikhs’ Path to the Army

A doctor who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan got a special exception to wear a beard and turban, and he is working to make it easier for other Sikhs to enlist.

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2 Afghan Suicide Bombings Kill 14

In one attack, a dozen policemen who were sitting down to lunch were killed when a man in a police uniform set off his explosives.

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Taliban attack on Kabul supply firm kills seven

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A Taliban truck bomb and gun attack killed seven people in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, destroying the entrance to a Nato supply company’s compound in the latest insurgent attack to shake peace efforts. A plume of smoke rose above the scene in the city, where the Taliban has recently staged a series of bombings that have targeted the Supreme Court, the airport, the presidency and a CIA office. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Critics Question Karzai Choices for Human Rights Panel

Afghanistan’s foreign donors are expected to take up the human rights community’s furious reaction to President Hamid Karzai’s recent appointment of five new commissioners.

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