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Who would want to be an Afghan MP?

KABUL (AFP) - Doctors, mullahs, sons of warlords, feminists and even a prison inmate are among a motley crew of candidates contesting war-torn Afghanistan’s...

World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

PARIS (AFP) - From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the...

War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

SARTANA, Ukraine (AFP) - Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school...

Film lifts lid on Austria’s secretive Glock pistol empire

VIENNA (AFP) - From Hollywood to hip-hop, it’s the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult...

Ancient mariners: Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

THENS, Greece (AP) — For a NATO-member warship, Greece’s Olympias is pretty unusual. It’s got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an...

Bulgaria urged to save communist-era architectural ‘masterpiece’

BUZLUDZHA PEAK, Bulgaria (AFP) - Perched like a vast flying saucer on a central Bulgarian mountainside, Buzludzha is a brutalist concrete monument that was...

Children of Islamic State group live under stigma in Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — A family of six lost children lives quietly in a small apartment among strangers in this northern Iraqi city. The...

As rape crisis grows, South African pupils learn how to fight...

SOWETO, South Africa (AFP) - In a classroom in the South African township of Soweto, girls listen carefully, knowing they need to learn how...

Bhutan’s not-so-happy evicted minority, the Lhotshampa

BELDANGI REFUGEE CAMP, Nepal (AFP) - The Himalayan nation of Bhutan, often described as a “Shangri-La” where happiness is equated to wealth, is holding...

Iran’s new breed of charities on poverty frontline

TEHRAN (AFP) - At an outreach centre in southern Tehran, teenagers are learning to be journalists, while upstairs their mothers are fine-tuning their sewing...

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