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    Loose border controls a boon to drug smugglers

    ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Loose controls of the Afghanistan-Iran borders have long been spurring drug trafficking in Nimroz province -- a frequent scene of clashes between security forces and smugglers.



    Governance,Features

    Number of child soldiers in Ghor on the rise

    FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says Taliban and other illegal gunmen are using children as soldiers in western Ghor province."



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    Mission impossible or mission accomplished?

    Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since then seven NATO summits have been held, the eighth and last NATO summit in the format of ISAF will be held at Newport, Wales on 5 September 2014.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Most mining companies found violating laws, regulations

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Most mining companies have yet to keep their pledges to protect environment and deliver social services for people living close to the mining areas, experts said.



    Women,Security and Crime,Social,Features

    Violence against Daikundi women intensifies

    NIELI (Pajhwok): Officials in central Daikundi province have expressed their concern at increasing cases of violence against women, despite growing awareness among females about their constitutionally-protected rights.



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    Nimroz militants encourage poppy cultivation

    ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The Taliban are encouraging -- and forcing in some instances -- farmers to grow the illicit poppy crop in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said.



    Business & Economics,Social,Features

    Afghan bike mechanic makes aircraft

    AIBAK (Pajhwok): A 32-year-old motorcycle mechanic from northern Samangan province has assembled an airplane that is all poised to take to the skies, an official said on Saturday.



    Health,Features

    Badakhshan mothers face high mortality risk

    FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of remote areas of northeastern Badakhshan province say pregnant women continue to face high risks of dying during labour and childbirth in the absence of healthcare services.



    Governance,Business & Economics,Features

    Poll crisis hits Bamyan tourism industry

    BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The undecided electoral process and growing insecurity on highways have hit hard the tourism industry in central Bamyan province this season.