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2009-12-16 10:30:00

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Bpeace (The Business Council for Peace) today announced a new program for women and men in Mazar-i-Sharif and the Balkh Province who are committed to creating jobs for other Afghans, and who need technical assistance to grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs accepted into the three-year Bpeace program will receive: Business skills training in Mazar and technical assistance at their places of business in finance, marketing, customer...

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2009-06-29 10:21:58

Archaeologists warn that the Cheshma-e-Shafa gorge in the northern Afghan province of Balkh, where traces of human occupation date back to the sixth century BC, is in danger of being lost due to the construction of a tar road, despite laws that heritage sites must be protected. The scenic gorge in the northern province of Balkh is just one of several important ancient sites that will be destroyed if the post-Taliban push for development continues, they say. The French Archaeological...

2007-04-23 09:00:17

A new private television and radio network was inaugurated on the 21 March by the First Vice-President Ahmad Zia Masud, the Balkh Governor Gen. Mohammad Ata Nur. Ismail Temor, the director of Arzu Radio and TV says: "This network has been established by the personal capital of Kamal Nabizada, one of the national traders in Mazar-e Sharif. Its preparation began a year ago and was inaugurated on the first day of the new year [1386]." Arzu Television covers the whole Balkh province and some...

2006-08-30 07:05:00

By Terry Friel MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- The lilt of a girl singing of homecoming blends pleasantly with a cacophony of different melodies from keyboard, guitar and drums in a music school in northern Afghanistan. The female students, wearing burqas with their faces uncovered, chuckle and joke as they practice in Afghanistan's first women-only music school, relishing their newfound freedom. Just a few years ago, music was banned by the hardline Taliban government. Musicians fled the...

2006-08-27 20:57:09

By Terry Friel MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The lilt of a girl singing of homecoming blends pleasantly with a cacophony of different melodies from keyboard, guitar and drums in a music school in northern Afghanistan. The female students, wearing burqas with their faces uncovered, chuckle and joke as they practice in Afghanistan's first women-only music school, relishing in their new found freedom. Just a few years ago, music was banned by the hardline Taliban government....

2006-04-02 06:53:53

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan clerics and their followers threatened violence against the government on Sunday over the release of a Christian convert, saying he had to be brought back from Italy and put on trial. There has been fiery criticism of the government over the release of the convert, who was spirited out of the country last week, but protests have been few and peaceful. The convert, Abdur Rahman, 40, was jailed last month for converting to Christianity and...

2006-03-31 07:53:45

By Tahir Atmar MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan clerics blamed meddling foreigners on Friday for the release of a Christian convert who they said should be executed for abandoning Islam. The convert, Abdur Rahman, was spirited out of Afghanistan to asylum in Italy on Wednesday, a day after he was released from jail following a storm of protest in the United States and other Western countries over his treatment. "Why does the international community interfere in our...

2006-03-27 14:41:00

By Sayed Salahuddin and Saul Hudson KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan will free a man who could have faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity after the West pressed Kabul for his release, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Monday. But the prosecutor in charge of the case and Afghan presidential officials were not available for comment. U.N. officials said the man was seeking asylum abroad, but a solution to the case was till some way off. The...

2006-03-27 08:04:42

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - The fate of a Afghan man who could face the death penalty for converting to Christianity, rested with prosecutors on Monday with expectation high the charges will be dropped and he will be released. Abdur Rahman, 40, was detained this month for rejecting Islam and converting to Christianity. Death is the punishment stipulated by sharia, or Islamic law, for apostasy -- abandonment of the faith. The case has raised a storm of protest in the West,...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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