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A wounded child cries after receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Ghazni province. The Taliban launched attacks on police checkpoints in three districts of Ghazni province on Monday as part of their annual spring offensive, killing three people and wounding eight, officials said.

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A wounded child cries after receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Ghazni province. The Taliban launched attacks on police checkpoints in three districts of Ghazni province on Monday as part of their annual spring offensive.

In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014 photo, school children pass by a graffiti reading, "ballot not bullet" on their way back home on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a U.S.-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next monthís presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves the scene. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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School children pass a graffiti reading “ballot not bullet” on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a US-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next month’s presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves office. Read more

TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks ...TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks along a street in Kabul on February 18, 2014. Some nine million Afghans or 36 percent of the population are living in "absolute poverty" while another 37 percent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. AFP PHOTO/Nicolas ASFOURINICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. Read more

Pakistani men, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, clear open sewage paths so rainwater can drain, in an attempt to avoid flooding during a heavy rainfall, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

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Pakistani men clear open sewage paths in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in an attempt to avoid flooding. The men and their families have been displaced from tribal areas because of fighting between the Taliban and the army.

An Afghan child plays in the outskirts o...An Afghan child plays in the outskirts of Herat on January 23, 2014. Economic development is considered a vital weapon to stop the country from sinking back into civil war and to stem Islamist extremism after 100,000 international combat troops pull out.

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A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out Read more

Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, mourn his death while waiting at a hospital to take the body for burial, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan s military headquarters Monday, killing more than a dozen of people a day after a militants bombing inside an army compound in the northwest of the country, officials and militants said.

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Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, wait at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to take the body for burial. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan’s military headquarters on Monday, killing more than a dozen people. It came a day after a powerful bomb ripped through a Pakistan army truck in the country’s northern city of Bannu near the Afghan border, killing at least 20 soldiers.

A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning NATO supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area...A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning NATO supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province December 18, 2013. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police. REUTERS/Parwiz

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A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning Nato supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police. Read more

Taliban militants surrender their weapons in Herat...epa03920206 Former Taliban militants stand behind an rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty program, in Herat, Afghanistan, 23 October 2013. Hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government under an amnesty program launched by Afghan President Hamid Karzai back in 2004. Taliban-led militants have been waging a bloody war against Afghan and NATO forces for a decade, often infiltrating Afghan security forces and carrying out deadly attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.  EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. Read more

Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul...Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul, September 26, 2013. Hundreds of men and women gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due in early April next year. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April. Read more

Afghanistan society...epa03872131 Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 September 2013. Afghanistan's independent human rights commission might lose its "A" status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said 17 September. The reason was "the process leading up to the appointment of five new members" of the Afghan rights commission, which was "sufficiently flawed" for it to lose its ìAî status, according to Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.  EPA/S. SABAWOON

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Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more