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Monday, April 10, 2006

Cherie Blair Discuses the Women of Afghanistan

April 9, 2006

Kabul – Agence France Presse reported that Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Blair, a human rights lawyer, “discussed a variety of issues, including human rights in Afghanistan, reform of the justice sector, and empowerment of women,” according to the British embassy.

Blair visited a girls’ school and held a discussion on human rights at the embassy, also attended by the head of the Afghan human rights commission and UN officials.

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Afghan Health Workers Killed in Weekend Attack

April 10, 2006

BBC reported on a clinic attack in Badghis province late Sunday, where a doctor and several nurses were killed by unidentified gunmen. In a separate incident, three people, including two policemen, were killed in Helmand province.

The clinic, the only one in Badghis, was set on fire by the attackers.

Violence has risen sharply in recent months, with a string of suicide attacks, mostly in Afghanistan's south.

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Karzai Signs Agreement with India

April 10, 2006

President Karzai met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boost economic relations between the two countries.

Delhi is one of Kabul's leading donors and has spent over $500 million since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, BBC reports. India is helping to rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure with regular contributions in sectors like education, health care, communications and power. Afghanistan plays a major role for India, as it is a gateway to Central Asia, which India will need for its growing energy demands.

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