This week's roundup of Good Reads includes the challenge of winning Iraqis and Afghans asylum in the US, how a broadband monopoly came to be, an essay by an Israeli sniper, new ancient evidence of human activity, and the evolution of the submarine.
As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely.
Anja Niedringhaus, an Associated Press photographer, was killed as she waited in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots in Khost. Her colleague Kathy Gannon was wounded.
Here are four men who are leading candidates for president. Afghans will vote on April 5.
The Taliban attacks could threaten the credibility of the presidential vote. One international poll monitoring group has pulled its observers due to violence, and more could follow.
The Taliban attack came as guests at Kabul’s highly fortified Serena Hotel, many of them foreigners, celebrated Nowruz, the new year. Nine people, including two children, were killed.
A suicide attack on a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad left at least 10 police officers dead. A presidential election is due on April 5.
The Taliban have tried to undermine every election since US-backed forces took power in 2001. The Interior Ministry claimed that 95 percent of polling stations will open on election day.
Drone strikes are a key sticking point in shaping a security deal with Afghanistan that would allow a US presence after the planned troop withdrawal at the end of 2014.
Pakistan's government has sent conflicting messages about its strategy – from military action to peace talks – for dealing with the Pakistani Taliban.
The only certainty is that Karzai's time is up.
Contractors billing for education that barely happened and vast numbers of illiterate recruits in the field? Yes.
Could it be time to take Karzai's words and actions at face value, and give him what he appears to want?
Triumphant coalition statements about how much Afghanistan has changed should be treated with skepticism.
Apparently, today's loya jirga doesn't have final say on whether a deal to keep US forces in the country after all.
The morning strike on a religious school killed at least five people, including the second leader of the militant Haqqani network to die this month.
Nasiruddin Haqqani served as the chief fundraiser for the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.