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Almost 1,000 people are known to have died in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi health officials have said.
Afghanistan is still estimated to produce 87 percent of the world's supply of opium and its derivative, heroin, Costa said.
Water engulfed much of New Orleans after breaches in the levees sent the waters of Lake Pontchartrain pouring into the city.
As rising water and widespread devastation hobbled rescue and recovery efforts, the authorities could only guess at the death toll in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 - Even as the economy grew, incomes stagnated last year and the poverty rate rose, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
It's "very very sobering," Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emrgency Management Agency said on CBS' "The Early Show." "The flooding is just everywhere . . . New Orleans, all through Mississippi and Alabama.
The storm was potent enough to rank as one of the most punishing hurricanes ever to hit the United States.
Poverty and weak institutions are breeding grounds for public-health crises, violence, and economic volatility. Fairness is another reason to care. No human being should be denied the chance to live free of poverty and oppression, or to enjoy a basic standard of education and health.
Studies have associated coffee drinking with a reduced risk of liver and colon cancer, type two diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. But Professor Vinson urged moderation, recommending that people should drink only one or two cups of coffee per day.
Kabul, August 28-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on “Baba-e-Millat” King Zahir Shah today. The meeting took place in the first floor of the presidential palace in an area referred to as the “Harem Sarai”.
Rahul Gandhi was also present at the event. “Afghanistan has always fascinated me,” Rahul said, adding that “I have come here only on a visit.”
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening relations.
“These elections are important to the future of Afghanistan, and they are an opportunity for the people of Afghanistan to pick representatives,” Neumann told reporters August 18, one day after the official campaign period opened.
“There is not one family that has not eaten the bitterness of war,” a young Afghan merchant said in the 1985 National Geographic story that appeared with Sharbat’s photograph on the cover.
The new measures, proposed today by the United Kingdom (UK) government, targeting non-nationals considered to be threatening public order, national security and the rule of law, violate basic human rights and the UK's international obligations, Amnesty International said today.
“Women candidates in Afghanistan are courageously defying the Taliban, warlords, and conservative social norms that exclude them from public life,” said Nisha Varia, Asia
"So long as I'm the president, we will stay, we will fight, and we will win the war on terror."
KABUL, August 23 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Moscow's call for the repayment of $10 billion debt by Kabul has drawn ire from Afghan officials and analysts, who in turn asked Russia to pay their country war reparations.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has always had plenty of problems at home. Now, he’s got trouble brewing outside his borders, too.
Floods have hit southern Germany hard just weeks before the country's general election, reminding some papers of similar scenes along the River Elbe in August 2002, little more than a month before Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder won a second term in office.
Torrential rains have caused havoc across central and eastern Europe, killing up to 36 people.
Bush struck a defiant tone in rejecting critics' views. "Terrorists in foreign lands still hope to attack our country," he said. "A policy of retreat and isolation will not bring us safety."
While the drug squads and social workers continue their desperate battle against heroin on the home front, German troops stationed in Afghanistan can do little more than stand by and watch as poppy cultivation expands dramatically.
KABUL: Afghanistan is headed for its first parliamentary polls in 30 years, but the decision to allow scores of warlords and rights violators to stand in the election could mean trouble ahead, analysts say.
KABUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. embassy officials were hurt by a roadside bomb that hit their convoy near the Afghan capital on Sunday, a spokesman said.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - With much media attention focused on the situation in Iraq, reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan are easily overlooked. Although the road to stability is still long and fraught with difficulties, the tremendous progress provides hope for the future of the country.
Human Rights Watch warned that a widespread ''lack of security means that many women candidates may curtail their campaigning.''''The Afghan government and international monitors must take special measures to protect women from attacks and intimidation,'' the New York-based group said in a statement.
"I'm appealing to everyone: Don't attack the men and women in uniform," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said hours after troops entered the settlements. "Don't accuse them. Don't make it harder for them. Don't harm them. Attack me. I am responsible for this -- attack me."
For Some Settlers, Reality of Evacuation Comes With a Knock on the Door
"I got them all: Taliban, al-Qaida, Hig, foreign fighters, smugglers and other criminals," said Lt. Col. Peter Munster, a U.S. Army commander in Kunar. "They are like the Mafia."
The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say.
After Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war, Israeli Jews moved to settle the newly occupied territories.
The governing board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog voiced "serious concern" over Iran's resumption of nuclear activities this week, while leaving the door open for more negotiations.
Earlier in time around the seventh century, the Islamic world had taken the lead in sciences, philosophy, politics, government and propagation of institutions of education and learning in the world. Europe lived in the dark ages and Christianity was monopolized by the clergy and confined to inside the great basilicas in Vatican and elsewhere.
"Two kinds of forces are fast emerging: the forces for bringing about the pan-Islam federation or the establishment of the now inevitable single Islamic entity, and the forces determined to break up even the existing units that are considered strong enough to provide some kind of impetus to the creation of such a State."
"No decision has been made yet," he said. "I know there's a lot of speculation and rumors about that."
Indeed, after Charles Gibson announced on ABC just after 11:30 Sunday night that Mr. Jennings had died, his colleagues on "Good Morning America" worked through the night to prepare the two-hour morning program that would pay tribute to his four decades at the network.When
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures.
The U.S. Embassy said its new donation would supplement $32 million already given for the election, which is being organized by Afghan authorities and the United Nations.
Above all, he wanted his newscast's style to be straightforward and approachable. "Good evening. We begin tonight in …" was his trademark start to each program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Peter Jennings, prime-time anchorman for ABC News for more than two decades, died of lung cancer on Sunday at his home in New York, the network said. He was 67.
Afghanistan is out of the headlines, but its war against the Taliban goes on. These days, it is not going well.
Tony Blair has outlined a raft of plans to extend powers to deport or exclude foreigners who encourage terrorism.
IMAM SHAKER ELSAYED: Islam is a religion that comes through two primary sources of text: The Koran and the traditions of the prophet. Those are the ones, if we talk about Islam, reforming Islam, for example, we're talking about the text. But reforming Muslims is something very needed. It is about Muslims not about Islam. When Timothy McVeigh does something, we don't call it Christianity, we don't call it Catholicism, or whatever school of thought he belongs to. We call it Timothy McVeigh. This is Osama bin Laden having a war of ideas.
Summary: Radical Islam is spreading across Europe among descendants of Muslim immigrants. Disenfranchised and disillusioned by the failure of integration, some European Muslims have taken up jihad against the West. They are dangerous and committed -- and can enter the United States without a visa.
"We're at war. We're facing an enemy that is ruthless. If we put out a (pullout) timetable, the enemy would adjust their tactics," he said in a speech in Grapevine, a Dallas suburb.
"His phrase 'terrorism justified by Islam' is utterly meaningless and deeply offensive to Muslims," chair of the Muslim Council of Britain's Media Committee, Inayat Bunglawala said.
President Pervez Musharraf has said he is angered when Pakistan is blamed for fostering extremism in the world.
South Korean scientists on Wednesday unveiled Snuppy the Afghan hound, the first canine to be cloned.
``This is not a war between the United States and the Muslim faith, or between the West and the Muslim faith. It is a struggle within the Muslim faith, between the extremists and the moderates, with the extremists representing an extremely small minority,''
KABUL (Reuters) - The international force tasked with keeping the peace in Afghanistan's capital and other key areas changes command on Thursday at a time when security in the country is at the worst it has been since the Taliban's fall.
Heads of state and dignitaries attending ceremonies for the late King Fahd this week:
CAIRO, Aug. 1 - With the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, the reins of power were quickly turned over today to his half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, who has effectively ruled the world's top oil-producing country since the king fell ill almost a decade ago.