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    KABUL, Aug 20, 2014: Sima Samar, head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), addresses a conference in connection of Bacha Bazi," or "boy play" in Kabul.
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    KABUL, Aug 19, 2014: Competitors of marathon race in Kabul on the occasion of 95th Independence Day of Afghanistan.
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    Security and Crime

    Kidnapped ICRC staff members released

    KABUL (Pajhwok): All five staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), abducted on August 14 in western Herat province, have been released unharmed, officials said on Thursday.



    Governance

    EU gives $95m to finance police salaries

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union announced on Wednesday its latest contribution to the Afghan National Police of $95 million to enable the government to continue to pay police officers and uniformed personnel of the Central Prison Department.



    Security and Crime

    NYT reporter gets 24 hours to leave

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Wednesday asked the New York Times (NYT) reporter to leave Afghanistan within 24 hours, saying his entry into the country had been banned.



    Governance

    Pakistan renews support for Afghan-led solution

    NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday reiterated peace in Afghanistan was linked to peace in Pakistan.



    KANDAHAR CITY, Aug 18, 2014: An outer view of under construction Omar Al-Farooq mosque in southern Kandahar province.
    PAJHWOK/Bashir Ahmad Nadeam

    KABUL, Aug 18, 2014: Shakaib Mostaghni, spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, addresses a press conference in Kabul.
    PAJHWOK/Fiaz Omari

    KHOST CITY, Aug 18, 2014: Cricket officials attend a press conference regarding the construction of Khost cricket stadium in Khost province.
    PAJHWOK Photo

    AIBAK, Aug 18, 2014: Officials of the Ministry of Mines in a gathering discussing mines in northern Sumangan province.
    PAJHWOK/Atayi