Deadly week: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The week is turning out to be a deadly one around the world with group deaths high in several countries, from violence and natural disasters. Early reports from Afghanistan‘s Nangarhar area near the border with Pakistan say 13 people have died and 60 were injured in a 5.5 earthquake Wednesday 24 April. […]

Longest period without US soldier death in six years

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Thirty-two days have passed since the last death of a US soldier in combat, the longest period in six years, the Department of Defense says. A New Jersey news media group reports that “the lull in deaths comes as President Obama plans to bring some 34,000 troops home from Afghanistan within a […]

Bomb attack on police in Kabul, 8 hrs fighting, leaves 9 dead

Dozen wounded in early hours attack GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An attack on the traffic police headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan led to the deaths of at least nine people, four of them reportedly the attackers. The Taliban have claimed the attack, but say they it was directed at the border police, in a neighbouring building. Two […]

Afghanistan ends death penalty moratorium

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The same day that Switzerland, a leader in the fight to abolish the death penalty worldwide, said progress was being made in gathering world support for a death penalty moratorium, Afghanistan executed eight people. Human Rights Watch reported late Tuesday 21 November that the country executed them Monday, effectively ending its four-year […]

The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi

Fawzia Zoofi was her father’s nineteenth child and the unwanted seventh child of her mother. She was left out in the sun to die for several hours after her birth but her mother had a change of heart and Fawzia became her loved child in the harsh political situation of Afghanistan. The Favored Daughter is […]

Petraeus, head of CIA, resigns, citing extramarital affair

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – American General David Petraeus, who led US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has resigned from his post as head of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), catching the intelligence and political worlds offguard. the 60-year-old leader of US intelligence cited an extramarital affair. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as […]

Afgahnistan: Kabul bombing, Nato stops shared patrols

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A dozen people, seven or eight of them foreigners, are said to have been killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, early Monday. The explosion occurred at 06:45 on the main road to the airport. The minibus’s driver was among the dead, but officials have not released other details. Nato announced […]

Afghan civilians beheaded, fears increase for new wave of violence

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fears that Taliban strength is rising again in Afghanistan are being  fueled by the deaths Sunday 26 August, by beheading, of 17 civilians. An official in Helmand province has told news agency AFP that those who carried out the attack in Kajaki district are not yet known, and the incident is being […]

Medair starts up Afghanistan operations again

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Medair, a Lausanne area-based humanitarian organization that saw two of its foreign staff and three local workers kidnapped 22 May in Afghanistan, has resumed its operations in the Central Highlands region in the country, it said Monday 30 July in an e-mailed statement. The two women were kidnapped along with three other […]

UN polio vaccination workers attacked in Afghanistan

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One aid worker was reported by local media to have been hospitalized with injuries in northern Afghanistan after a car in which a group of workers was traveling was attacked. No one has claimed parliamentarians reportedly blamed the Taliban. Ria Novosti in Russia reports that “a car carrying the UN staff, including […]