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Security is nationalised in Afghanistan - but will expats feel any safer?

Eighteen months after Hamid Karzai vowed to shut down private security firms in Afghanistan, it's finally happening. By July, all security contracts will have been handed over to the Interior Ministry-owned Private Protection Force, or APPF. Despite the upcoming deadline, many foreign companies still haven't made the switch. Poorly trained and barely equipped, the new guard force is perceived as an additional security threat to expats, already working in an increasingly hostile environment.

By Maeva BAMBUCK

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2014-11-21 Iran

Inside an Iranian nuclear research reactor

Iran's nuclear objectives have long been a bone of contention between Tehran and members of the international community. While Iran claims its nuclear programme is solely for...

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2014-11-20 Iran

Little support in Iran for nuclear negotiations with West

Representatives from Iran and the West have until Monday, November 24, to reach an agreement that would restrict Iran’s controversial nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting...

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2014-11-19 Iran

Iranian Kurdish female fighters battle to fight IS group

Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq are on the frontline of the battle against the Islamic State (IS) organisation. But for a young Iranian Kurdish fighter and her group, it’s a...

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2014-11-18 Pakistan

Pakistan's blasphemy laws back in spotlight after murder of Christian couple

At the start of November, a young Christian couple in Pakistan's Punjab province were murdered by a mob of local villagers after rumours spread that the couple had committed...

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2014-11-14 Iraq

On the frontline: Peshmerga fighters hold off Iraq's jihadists

Kurdish peshmerga forces are at the forefront of the international battle against the Islamic State group in Iraqi Kurdistan. Thousands of civilians were forced to flee their...

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