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Afghan Atheist Granted UK Asylum On The Grounds His Lack Of Religion Could Result In A Death Sentence

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An Afghan citizen has been granted UK asylum on religious grounds – in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The man fled Kabul alo...

Afghan Girl 'Suicide Bomber' Refuses To Return To Family

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A 10-year-old girl trussed up in explosives and sent to blow-up a checkpoint has told Afghan police she will not return to her "abusive" family. Th...

WATCH: These British Soldiers Dancing To Pharrell Williams Make Us Very Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Ladies and gentlemen of the Highlanders, 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland serving in Afghanistan - we salute you. Not just for your incre...

'Ten-Year-Old' Girl Wearing Suicide Vest Detained

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A young Afghan girl has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say. The girl, reported to be as young as eight and...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon's 'Year Of Hard Truths'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 6 January 2013... 1) GIDEON'S 'YEAR OF HARD TRUTHS' The chancellor has a big speech later to...

It's Time to Sort Fact From Fiction on Drones

Philip Dunne | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Philip Dunne

One of the most common myths I want to debunk is that UAS are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan. Let me be clear, the majority of civilian deaths in Afghanistan are caused by insurgents, not UAS. In over 50,000 Reaper flying hours, there has only been one single operation that resulted in the deaths of civilians.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Do Half Of All Peers 'Clock In' And 'Clock Out'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 17 December 2013... 1) DO HALF OF ALL PEERS 'CLOCK IN' AND 'CLOCK OUT'? A superb investigation and ...

Ned Simons

David Cameron Claims 'Mission Accomplished' In Afghanistan | Ned Simons | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has claimed British troops have achieved their mission in Afghanistan, more than 10 years after they were first deployed. The prime m...

Jessica Elgot

'Drones Make A Difference' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Jane Marriott’s living room is one of the most dangerous places in the world. The UK’s new ambassador to Yemen, living in a tight cluster of me...

Marine A-Style Killings Have Always Been a Feature of Britain's Dirty Wars - Ever Heard of Batang Kali?

Joe Glenton | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Last week, a Royal Marine was given a life sentence for murder. Such killings are framed as exceptions which do not reflect the "values and standards" of military service. In truth, war crimes carried out by British soldiers are not unusual.

Royal Marine Who Murdered Afghan Insurgent, 'Devastated' At Sentence

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK

An experienced Royal Marine says he is "devastated" at being handed a life sentence for executing in cold blood an injured Taliban fighter. Sergean...

Royal Marine Who Murdered Afghan Insurgent Sentenced To Life

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, a "hugely experienced" sergeant filmed executing an injured Taliban insurgent in cold blood, has been jailed for life...

Royal Marine Convicted Of Murder Is Named

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Alexander Wayne Blackman, a "hugely experienced" sergeant, has been named as the Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanis...

Illegal Dog Fights In Afghanistan (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Storm clouds may be gathering above, but they're no deterrent to the hundreds of men who have gathered to watch secret, illegal dog fights take place ...

Lessons to Be Learnt From the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tony Clarke | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

The real test of the Geneva agreement will be whether it does mark a move away from the old failed model of military conflict and towards building long-term peace instead. Ultimately, though, this requires full transparency of all nuclear programmes by all countries, full international cooperation for the immediate elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and an end to future reliance on nuclear energy. Only then can we be sure that our hopes of a secure deal for the planet will be realized.

Afghanistan Could Bring Back Stoning For Adulterers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Public stoning, once held up as the pinnacle of Taliban atrocity, could be reintroduced to punish adultery in Afghanistan, appearing a new draft of th...

Not Quite the Right Story

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

There is no justification for what the Taliban did to Malala. Her standing up to them is admirable, her fame well deserved and her activism for education and women's rights worth all the support it can get. But Malala's story represents only a part of the region's long tale of woe.

Marine Murderer: Life Must Mean Life!

Kevin Godlington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

This Marine did wrong, he knows it, and we all know it. He will take his punishment on the chin I am sure, but he has also served his country, and did so gallantly. If he is to be tried for murder keep human rights legislation out of it and apply some common sense.

Jewels of Afghan Culture

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

We will continue our cultural relations work well beyond the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year; because we firmly believe that, along with the promotion of governance, security and development, the promotion of culture is a critical fourth foundation of Afghanistan's future.

POLL: Does 'Marine A' Deserve Leniency?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson has entered the debate over what should happen to the Royal Marine who murdered a wounded Afghan insurgent. Marine A was convicted of...

Drones: Life-Savers or Life-Takers?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

To brand the entire technology as 'immoral' is unfair. The drone debate must be approached with reason, not hijacked by the same type of short-sighted, hysterical activists whose blind, misguided ideology focuses more banning every type of human development which, with refinements, could actually aid some of their own overarching aims. Most people partner drones with the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, but the technology actually dates back to 1917 when the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane made its maiden flight in the United States.

Cameron Praises 'Incredible Work' Of Royal Marines After Murder

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

David Cameron said today that the conviction of a Royal Marine for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan should not "besmirch" the org...

'A Moment Of Stupidity'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

A distinguished Royal Marines general has called for leniency towards a fellow commando who executed an injured Taleban insurgent in Afghanistan. M...

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future for Women in Afghanistan

Samira Hamidi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Samira Hamidi

While there is still a long way to go, Afghan women have actually achieved so much in recent years. Millions of girls are now in school and you will find women working in a whole range of different professions. The fact that I am writing this now, having just completed a Masters in the UK, says a lot on its own.

'It's Easier To Start A Business In Afghanistan Than Britain'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Afghanistan, Mongolia and Armenia are easier places to start up a business than Britain, according to a heavyweight study by the World Bank. Accord...