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The new U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement sets forth the conditions under which some American soldiers will remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year. Here are five things to know about its contents.
NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says international support has given Afghanistan a strong foundation to build a secure future. More
Young men prepare tea with milk at the protest camp near the parliament in Islamabad.
A vendor sells snuff tobacco.
A fruit merchant sells peaches and grapes.
A man prepares a fire at his makeshift stove.
Vendors sell medical supplies at the protest camp.
A small food stall
A lemonade stand
A vendor sells dandasa, pieces of tree bark used to whiten teeth.
Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and his ally Tahir ul-Qadri, a cleric, have been camped out by the parliament building in Islamabad for weeks in a protest against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protesters accuse the prime minister of rigging last year's election that brought him back to power. The number of demonstrators has declined since the protest began in August, but some have vowed to stay until Sharif resigns. While they make their temporary home near the parliament, some people are scraping by on their earnings from selling food and other goods to fellow protesters. (Photos by Ahmad Shah Azami , RFERL’s Radio Mashaal)
The next Afghan leader will be taking charge of a country that has evolved remarkably in recent years, but his success will depend on healing the wounds of factionalism and lawlessness. More
Residents in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas have strongly criticized the country’s military operations there, claiming that civilians have suffered most. More
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