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Interview with top entertainment figure Michael Des Barres Special

The English-born singer, actor and showbusiness veteran is gearing up to release a rockin' new album, recorded last year in Rome. He made time in his chaotic agenda for Digital Journal.

Op-Ed: Religion and the war against ISIS

New York - Stomach turning levels of barbarism perpetrated as religiously sanctioned behavior have changed the rules on public conversation about religion in media and the public square.

Afghanistan's Panjshir valley hit by new avalanches

Kabul - The worst snow slides in 30 years or more have killed an additional 200 people, adding to a total of almost 250 deaths attributed to the avalanches plaguing Afghanistan this winter.

U.N. report mentions recent U.S. torture of Afghan detainees

A newly-released United Nations report on detainee torture in Afghanistan details widespread serious abuses committed by Afghan security forces, and multiple "credible and reliable" reports of recent torture by US forces.

Woman cab driver encourages other women to drive in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the majority of taxi drivers are males, but Sara Bahayi, 40, is a female taxi driver who is trying to change that.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200

Parwan - More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

Suicide attack on Turkish embassy vehicle kills two in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants.

Afghan avalanches 'kill more than 100'

Kabul - Avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall have killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan and the death toll is expected to rise, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul - The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment.

Gunmen abduct 30 Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan

Kandahar - Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

Afghan bank clerks rob their own bank of $1.4 million and run

Kabul - Bank clerks in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province may have stolen as much as 81 million Afghanis ($1.4 million) from the country's central bank when they raided their own bank and fled, said one official on Saturday.

Pentagon chief reviews plans to shut Kandahar base

Kandahar - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter headed to southern Afghanistan on Sunday to review plans to withdraw US forces in a volatile area that has long preoccupied American commanders.

US signals likely delay in troop exit from Afghanistan

Kabul - President Barack Obama's new Pentagon chief said Saturday the United States was seriously considering slowing the pace of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as the country battles a resilient Taliban insurgency.

New Pentagon chief Carter in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul - The Pentagon's new chief, Ashton Carter, flew to Kabul on Saturday to confer with commanders and Afghan leaders about the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan.

Sharp rise in Afghan civilian casualties: UN

Kabul - The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan jumped 22 percent in 2014, the UN said Wednesday, as NATO troops withdrew from combat leaving government forces to battle a raging Taliban insurgency.

Russian cybersecurity firm reports U.S. embedded spyware

San Francisco - A Russian Cybersecurity firm reported on Monday that the United States permanently embedded sabotage tools and software in targeted networks globally.

26 Afghan police killed as army begins anti-Taliban drive

Kandahar - At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed on Tuesday in a Taliban attack near Kabul, bringing to 26 the number of officers to die since the start of an army offensive aimed at weakening the insurgents.

World leaders huddle in Minsk over Ukraine peace summit

Minsk - Amid a history of failed negotiations and a looming civil war in Ukraine, world leaders huddled together in Belarus to prevent a bloody confrontation between the West and Russia that has already claimed thousands of lives.

Islamic State commander killed in Afghanistan drone strike

Kandahar - A NATO drone strike in Afghanistan on Monday killed a former Taliban commander and Guantanamo detainee who was suspected of links to the Islamic State group, officials said.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Afghan insider attack

Kabul - An Afghan air force official said that three American contractors were killed in an apparent attack by an insider in the Afghan capital Kabul. The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting that took place on Thursday morning.
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