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NATO soldier among 11 killed in Afghanistan

ASADABAD, Afghanistan, June 1, 2007 (AFP) - A NATO soldier was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan Friday while two Afghan women and a policeman died in attacks elsewhere linked to a deepening Taliban insurgency, officials said.

The interior ministry also announced that six "enemies" were killed when they tried to abduct a policeman or one of his relatives from his home late Thursday.

A roadside bomb struck a vehicle of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in eastern Afghanistan, killing one soldier and wounding three others, an Afghan working for the

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Canadian support for feeding the hungry in Afghanistan

On Tuesday, May 29, the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, released the following statement:

"CIDA's aid to Afghanistan in general - and Kandahar in particular - is delivering concrete results in critical areas like health, education and community development.

Canada's approach is to help Afghans help themselves, and the progress is tangible. For example, our support for health programming is resulting in more than 40,000 children's lives saved every year.

CIDA disbursed $139 million in aid to

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Factbox - Military deaths in Afghanistan, 01 Jun 2007

June 1 (Reuters) - A soldier with NATO's International Security Assistance Force was killed and three others were wounded in combat in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, ISAF said.

The soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Mehtarlam district, according to Ahmad Jawid Shamsi, cultural adviser to a provincial reconstruction team in Laghman.

Seven NATO troops -- five Americans, a Briton and a Canadian -- were killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in Helmand province on Wednesday.

Here are the latest figures for foreign

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Hunger's global hotspots 01 Jun 2007

Introduction

Hungry people across the globe in desperate situations are reliant on WFP food. Here are this week's global hotspots.

Afghanistan

After a five truck convoy was attacked on May 24 and some 60 mt of food looted in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province, a police-escorted, 12 vehicle convoy was attacked on May 28 in Bakwa district of Farah province.

The attempt to loot the cargo resulted in the killing of two police escorts.

In yet another incident, this time in the southern province of Kandahar, a truck loaded with 40 mt of food was diverted and food looted.

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Afghanistan: Life-saving water & sanitation project launched in vulnerable Central Provinces

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Afghanistan -- On 1 June 2007, Medair began a project that will provide sanitation facilities and access to clean water for 1,200 families (8,500 people) in the remote Wardak and Bamyan provinces of Afghanistan.

This project will have a dramatic impact on the local population, who have few roads, very poor access to health care and almost no infrastructure.

Medair has received US$600,000 from ECHO (Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission) to build and improve 50 shallow wells and 50 protected springs in the Second Behsud district

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Afghanistan: A second provincial governor donates land to injured deminers

Kabul, 31 May 2007 - H.E. Mr. Mohammad Housain Anwary, the Governor of the province of Herat, has donated land to 87 deminers who were the victims of mine accidents. Governor Anwary, who signed the official documents yesterday, said that he wanted to honor the important work of the deminers in Afghanistan.

"Demining is really a continuation of Jihad," he said. "Jihad doesn't only mean fighting and having weapons. It means supporting human beings, stability and development."

The 87 deminers were all wounded in the

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Afghanistan: Dozens of girl students hospitalised in northeast

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KABUL, 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - Forty students of a girls' high school in Takhar Province, northeastern Afghanistan, have been admitted to hospital after drinking water from a contaminated well, local authorities said.

"Twenty-five students have been hospitalised at Farkhar hospital and 15 have been sent to Taloqan [provincial capital] hospital where more facilities are available," Abdul Hakim Aziz, head of Takhar's health department, said on Wednesday.

In total 61 students reported sick on 28 May after the incident in Farkhar District. Some of the sick have been

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Volunteer physicians depart for Afghanistan

Twin surgeons from New York City depart June 1 for Kabul hospital

(PORTLAND, ORE. - May 31, 2007) Amid rising volatility in the region, two physicians with Medical Teams International are headed to Kabul, Afghanistan to treat Afghan children suffering from landmine blasts and other traumatic injuries. The New York City twin surgeons-a cardiologist and an urologist- are making their second trip to the country in 17 months.

Drs. Vince and Vance Moss are scheduled to spend four weeks in Kabul, performing reconstructive surgeries at the

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Afghanistan: Reconstruction Trust Fund okays $90m grant for SNP

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KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) Management Committee has approved a $90 million grant for the Afghan governments flagship initiative called the National Solidarity Programme (NSP). $60 million of the grant will be made available immediately while the remaining $30 million will be disbursed in coming months for NSP - one of the five rural development initiatives that form the backbone of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). This additional commitment drives up the total ARTF contribution to the NSP since the programmes
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WHO, UNICEF and the Afghan Government call on parents to join vital door-to-door vaccination drive in Kabul

This week in Kabul 3,500 trained vaccinators and volunteers are conducting the final round of a campaign against measles and tetanus that has been rolling across the country since August 2006.

In an impressive move, the joint campaign brings the vaccine to prevent tetanus in newborns and mothers right to the homes of the families who need it - involving "house-to-house" visits by teams of health workers. This makes it easy for the mothers who are unable to bring their children to a clinic, to get the tetanus vaccine at home.

A complimentary "fixed center strategy"

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BAAG Afghanistan Monthly Review May 2007

IN THIS ISSUE:

- 91 people killed or injured in suicide attacks

- Hostages released

- NGO staff member shot dead

- Mullah Dadullah is killed

- Meshrano Jirga calls for "direct negotiations" with the Taliban

- Iran deports over 85,000 Afghans

- 83 civilians reported killed in operations by the US military

Security

Terrorist attacks carried out during May, in the context of the ongoing insurgency, would appear to have been targeted at the full cross-section of those associated with the international

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USAID: Investing in people- education/protecting vulnerable populations

Education

The U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promotes stability and positive participation in the global community through expanded, high-quality education. Adequate investments in education lead to the achievement of most of the other development goals and increase the probability that progress will be sustained. Education enhances the future of children and youth, as they prepare to participate in society and the economy. It also enables adults to gain the skills they need to lead productive lives.

Some examples of USAID global education

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FAO-Afghanistan: Private seed producers converge in travelling workshop

Kabul, 31 May 2007. The European Union (EU) is providing € 10 million for the development of seed industry in Afghanistan. The project is being implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). It has brought together 15 community-based private enterprises from across Afghanistan in a 6-day travelling work from 15th May 2007 to 20th May 2007, which took participants on a tour of seed activities, growing crops and facilities in Balkh, Baghlan, Kunduz and Takhar provinces.
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FAST Update Afghanistan: Trends in conflict and cooperation Apr - May 2007

POLITICAL

The situation in Afghanistan remains unstable and insecure. Following its formation in March, the heterogeneous United National Front (UNF; Jabhe-ye-Motahed-e-Milli) has announced its major demands: a change from the presidential to a parliamentary system, proportional voting in elections, election of provincial governors, coordination of activities of foreign troops and Afghan security forces (thus "legalizing" their presence), recognition of the Durand Line, and talks with armed groups (e.g. moderate Taliban). All these demands would serve to strengthen the

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UNICEF External Situation Report Afghanistan, 01 Apr - 31 May 2007

HUMANITARIAN ISSUES & EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Forced repatriation and Returnees- Since 21 April 2007, approximately 88,000 Afghan refugees were deported from Iran through Islam Qala and Zaranj border points. Some of the families have been reluctant to travel to their places of origin because of security and ethnic issues. The lack of landing space does not allow air missions and the insecurity in the area limits access of the UN agencies to effectively reach this population. UNICEF provided 30,000 Oral Rehydratation Salts

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Canadian support for feeding the hungry in Afghanistan

Kabul, 30 May 2007 - With reference to recent questions regarding food assistance to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, WFP states the following:

Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is also among the most challenging for WFP operations anywhere across the globe. The effects of two decades of war and civil unrest have been compounded by recurring natural disasters, including severe droughts, floods and harsh winters.

Access and movement has been fiercely restricted by growing insecurity, particularly in the south and east of

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The many roads home from Iran to Afghanistan

KHAVARAN, Iran, May 30 (UNHCR) - Afghans in Iran have at least three ways of going back home - assisted voluntary repatriation, spontaneous return and deportation. But at Khavaran Departure Centre just outside the Iranian capital, Tehran, the paths sometimes converge.

On one end of the centre, families load their worldly possessions onto a container truck, bidding tearful farewells to friends and relatives. As registered Afghans with Amayesh II cards issued by the government, they are entitled to a repatriation package of travel

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Afghanistan: Food aid trucks come under increasing attacks

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KABUL, 30 May 2007 (IRIN) - Dozens of commercial trucks carrying World Food Programme (WFP) food aid to vulnerable communities in different locations in Afghanistan have been attacked by armed men over the past few months, the UN agency said on Wednesday.

Over 500 tonnes of food aid worth about US$350,000 has been lost in some 20 attacks to date, according to WFP.

"The increasing frequency of these attacks has become a huge concern for us," Rick Corsino, WFP's representative for Afghanistan, told IRIN in Kabul.

The most recent incident took place on

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Afghanistan: 2 schools, bridge being constructed

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PANJSHER CITY/KABUL/ZARANJ (PAN): A US-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), based in the northern Panjsher province, has launched the construction of two schools and a bridge in Paryan district. Maulana Abdul Rahman Kabiri, deputy governor of Panjsher, told Pajhwok Afghan News the high school would cost $ 320,000 and the middle $280,000. The schools, each housing 900 students, will be completed in six months. Either of the single-storeyed school would have 21 rooms. Paryan district chief Ghulam Sakhi said schools in the area had no proper buildings,
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Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the G8 and the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the G8 Afghanistan-Pakistan Initiative

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G8
May 30, 2007, Potsdam

1. The Foreign Ministers of the G8, Afghanistan and Pakistan came together today to reiterate their strong commitment to security, stability and lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region. They recalled the commitments made in the Afghanistan Compact in January 2006. Continued support of the international community to the region is a vital element in the global fight against terrorism and for the promotion of freedom, democracy, rule of law, human rights, and economic growth and opportunity.

2. They underlined their common interest