Afghanistan

Afghanistan philharmonic gives notes of peace

War-torn Afghanistan is taking time to finish its recovery and reconstruction. Music has been taken out of people’s life for a long time under the rule of Taliban. But a special band of musicians are giving the recovering nation something to smile about.

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Afghan girls going to school despite Taliban

In Afghanistan, young girls are reclaiming their right to an education after decades of war and repression. For five years before the 2001 military invasion that overthrew the Taliban government, women were not allowed outside their homes. Today, a different picture is emerging.

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The Heat discusses the US-Afghan strategic relationship

It was by most accounts a remarkable visit by Afghanistan’s new president. Out were the days of tension and mistrust between former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the U.S. government. In were words of praise, warm greetings and flexibility by an American President willing to […]

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At Pentagon, Afghan president thanks US troops

Afghanistan’s president thanked U.S. troops and taxpayers for their sacrifices in nearly 14 years of war, kicking off his visit to Washington with a stop at the Pentagon. He pledged that his impoverished country will not remain a burden to the West.

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The Heat discusses Syria and strategies

A group of Syrian opposition forces has rejected the UN’s proposal for a temporary ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo. With the crisis threatening the region, refugees spilling into neighboring countries and the Islamic State threatening parts of Syria, does the West need to […]

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US President wants Congress to approve war on ISIL

U.S. President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve a new plan to fight ISIL, as Al Qaeda in Iraq continues to morph into the massive terror group, making it stronger. Obama says this plan does not authorize the use of U.S. armed forces in […]

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Somalia Charlie Hebdo Protests

Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the famed French magazine, Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office by Islamic extremists who killed 12 people. However, many also remain deeply offended by the magazine’s record of publishing cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad. Those passions were […]

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The Heat discusses fate of children living in warzones

A recent report by UNICEF found that an estimated 15 million children are caught up in violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. The Heat examines the plight of these children and what can be […]

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The Heat examines the future of Afghanistan

NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan once numbered around 140,000, with the majority of them American. Today only about 10,000 U.S. troops remain, and half of those will be gone next year as U.S. President Barack Obama fulfills his pledge to end 13 years of combat […]

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US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country’s own security forces.

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Differences between extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister and his entire cabinet were in Peshawar city where the Taliban targeted children in a brutal attack. Pakistan’s government is said to be planning a major and serious response. There are air strikes being reported in a remote border region against the […]

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SAARC Summit concludes with limited success

The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation, or SAARC, between eight South Asian nations has concluded in Nepal’s capital with limited success and plenty of frustration. CCTV America’s Shweta Bajaj reported this story from Kathmandu.

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Missouri residents weigh in on US foreign policy

American service members have reported mixed emotions as the last of the coalition bases in Afghanistan are handed over Afghan military. The last two bases, one American, and one British, were turned over to Afghan control last weekend and all NATO combat troops are set […]

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A bit of Iraq policy ‘deja vu for Obama

U.S President Barack Obama came to office promising to reduce America’s involvement in the Middle East and end wars of the George W. Bush era. But once again, the U.S. is getting more deeply involved in Iraq and possibly Syria.

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QUIZ: Which US president said this about Iraq?

As U.S. President Barack Obama plans to outline a broad expansion of the U.S. military role in combating Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria Wednesday evening, we took a look through some previous addresses he and former U.S. President George W. Bush have made when […]

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