In a country where daughters are locked up and music is frowned upon by fundamentalist extremists, Negin Khpalwak is determined to become Afghanistan's first female conductor.
Seventeen years of war, tens of thousands dead, millions in need of humanitarian assistance — the call has long sounded for peace in Afghanistan. But can talks with the Taliban succeed without the Afghan government?
As the winners of Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize, US heavy metal band Metallica and an Afghan music institute are set to be honored by the Swedish royal family on Thursday.
Often portrayed as proponents of "soft Islam," Pakistani Barelvis were believed to be providing the "counter-narrative" to hardline sects. But their last month's Islamabad siege demonstrates a worrisome metamorphosis.
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