Event carried out in secret due to threat of Taliban strikes in Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated bombings.
Government official says regime willing to take part in Russian initiative but opposition expresses caution.
Forecasters say flooding set to worsen in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, where 200,000 have been displaced.
Evacuation is being carried out in tough conditions, with rescued passengers saying strong winds lashing the vessel.
Vandals smash electrical transformers to steal viscous fluid that's later sold as cooking oil for roadside stalls.
Threat of 'mass conversions' by Hindu far right groups causes fear among religious minorities in India.
Government soldiers on the front lines speak to Al Jazeera about war, peace and the precarious ceasefire.
Residents of impoverished Tebaria village say 15 kids were kidnapped and killed by organ traffickers the past year.
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Dutch citizens joining ISIL and far-right rhetoric are cited as factors fueling assaults on Muslim houses of worship.
Once a marginal political player, the UK Green Party has growing popularity amid dissatisfaction with the majors.
Mangrove forest sheltered Muslim coastal area, but now developers are looking to bulldoze it for a tourist resort.
Being better off in the impoverished country means more deadly attacks by attention-seeking Taliban.
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Mexico may be hitting the perfect storm when it opens its energy resources to foreign investors.
Seven months after its first Ebola case, the Turtle Islands have now become dependent on food aid.
Muslim fishing village was saved by a mangrove forest - and now efforts are under way to save it from developers.
Indonesian province bore the brunt of the tsunami, which left terrible death and destruction in its wake.
Snow is often less of a hazard during the festive period than poor visibility.
Moscow looks to its southern neighbour for business after relations with West soured over Ukraine crisis.
Continuing attacks in Nigeria by the armed group Boko Haram are affecting businesses in neighbouring Niger.
Researchers in the Netherlands say one kite can produce enough electricity to power 10 homes.
Charity group caring for many children left behind by imprisoned parents calls for more action against discrimination.
Local cooperatives mechanising production to match global demand for Morocco's Gold, prompting fear of job losses.
Questions remain as to whether ambitious plan set by world body to alleviate poverty has succeeded.
Vehicles older than 15 years prohibited from roads in capital after WHO found the city has worst air quality.
Activists says lifting of ban on death penalty could lead to hanging of people held on trumped up "terror" charges.
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