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Politicians from two impoverished Pakistani provinces have opposed alleged changes to a major road and rail network linking China to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
NPR's Sean Carberry, Radio Mashaal's Daud Khattak and International Crisis Group's Graeme Smith examine the myth and the reality of the so-called Islamic State's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia hopes the Cricket World Cup there will be an opportunity to project a positive image of his country.
Despite the recent emergence of IS in Afghanistan, an analyst doubts the group will become a serious cause in the country. More
At the Choa Saidan Shah coal mine, workers dig coal with pickaxes, break it up, and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface. The mine is in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous and richest province, but most of the miners come the poorer region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, to the northwest. Employed by private contractors, the miners work in teams of four, with each team earning about $10 a day to be divided among them. (Photos by Sara Farid, Reuters)
Afghanistan needs to invest in a public education sector that can prevent future generations from becoming cannon fodder for extremist organizations. More
As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More
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