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An Afghan amputee practices walking with her prosthetic leg at one of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hospitals for war victims and the disabled in Kabul June 5, 2013.  The Red Cross halted work across Afghanistan on June 6 to pay a one-day tribute to the guard killed outside its offices in Jalalabad city in an unprecedented militant attack on the aid organisation.

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An Afghan amputee practices walking with her prosthetic leg at one of the International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals for war victims and the disabled in Kabul. Read more

TOPSHOTS Afghan children play at a gover...TOPSHOTS Afghan children play at a government kindergarten on June 4, 2013. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the war-torn country's cities and often fall prey to Taliban bombings and other violence, as well as abuse. AFP PHOTO/ Rahmatullah ALIZADARAHMATULLAH ALIZADA/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children play at a government kindergarten on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the war-torn country’s cities and often fall prey to Taliban bombings and other violence, as well as abuse

Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a gun battle between security forces and an insurgent, in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. A senior Afghan official said security forces rescued seven foreigners working for the International Red Cross on Wednesday after a two-hour-long gun battle with an insurgent at a guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a two-hour gun battle between security forces and an insurgent at a guest house in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A senior Afghan official said security forces rescued seven foreigners working for the charity Read more

TOPSHOTS Afghan defence personnel inspec...TOPSHOTS Afghan defence personnel inspect the scene following a suicide attack in Bazarak district, Panjshir province, on May 29, 2013. Afghan security forces killed six suicide bombers who attacked the Panjshir provincial governor's office early on May 29, officials said, in an assault on one the the most stable areas of the country. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

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Defence personnel in Afghanistan inspect the scene following a suicide attack in Bazarak district, Panjshir province, on Wednesday. Afghan security forces killed six suicide bombers who attacked the governor’s office, officials said, in an assault in one of the most stable areas of the country Read more

An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed...An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed to the media in Panjwai district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on May 28, 2013. Suspected Taliban militants killed seven police in southern Afghanistan after persuading the officers to invite them into their checkpoint for dinner, officials said on Tuesday. A total of 14 Afghan police and soldiers have died over the last two days as Taliban insurgents increased attacks as part of their annual "spring offencive" launched last month. AFP PHOTO/ JANGIRJANGIR/AFP/Getty Images

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An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed to the media in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, on Tuesday. Suspected Taliban militants killed seven police in southern Afghanistan after persuading the officers to invite them into their checkpoint for dinner, officials said. A total of 14 Afghan police and soldiers have died over the past two days as Taliban insurgents increased attacks as part of their annual spring offensive, which started last month. Read more

Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 10, 2013. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the U.N. said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also dramatically increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of U.S.-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.

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Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul in Afghanistan. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the UN said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of US-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.

Supporters of Pakistani politician and f...Supporters of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan stand next to electoral poster of Khan at the venue of an election campaign meeting by Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad on May 9, 2013. Khan will address the final rally for his centre-right Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in the capital Islamabad by live video link from his Lahore hospital bed.  Saturday's vote will be a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half its history by the military but the Pakistani Taliban have condemned it as un-Islamic. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHIAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer, stand next to his electoral poster at the venue of an election campaign meeting by his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), or Movement for Justice party, in Islamabad on Thursday. Mr Khan is due to make an address at the final rally by live video link from his Lahore hospital bed, following his fall from a makeshift lift during a meeting on Tuesday. The election this Saturday will be a democratic milestone in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the military, but the Pakistani Taliban have condemned it as un-Islamic Read more