A crowd of people are shown standing at the temporary gated entrance where a security official is checking health codes.

Delta variant surge in Wuhan prompts massive city-wide testing

Top of The World

Top of The World: China has announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where COVID-19 was first detected in 2019, after an increase in reported cases of the delta variant. And, the leader of a group helping those who’ve fled persecution in Belarus, Vitaly Shishov, has been hanged in a park in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also, the Taliban have captured nine out of 10 districts of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province

Afghan families leave their houses after fighting between the Afghan military and Taliban insurgents in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2020.

Fighting in Afghanistan claims lives and displaces families as peace talks drag on

Conflict & Justice
An Afghan policeman destroys poppies during a campaign against narcotics in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2017.

US airstrikes in Afghanistan are targeting drug labs that fund the Taliban

NPR photographer David Gilkey adjusted his glasses on the White House lawn before going to meet President Obama in 2011. Gilkey won the White House News Photographers Association's award for "Best Photographer of the Year, 2010." He and fellow journalist

NPR journalist David Gilkey and translator Zabihullah Tamanna killed in Afghanistan

Former British army captain Mike Martin

No one in the West understood what the war in Afghanistan was really about

Conflict & Justice
Former British army captain Mike Martin

No one in the West understood what the war in Afghanistan was really about

Conflict & Justice

A new book documents the insurgency in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where British, and later US, forces struggled to put a lid on the Taliban. Author Mike Martin is a British army officer who interviewed 150 locals to try to learn about the insurgency. The British Ministry of Defense paid for his research, but tried to stop him from publishing his findings.

Colonel Jamila Bayaaz (L) in her Kabul office. Because as a woman her job is extra dangerous, Bayaaz has been assigned four bodyguards and an armored car. She's been a cop for more than 30 years.

It’s tough being a cop in Kabul, but being the top female cop is evan harder

Kabul’s new female cop has a lot on her plate. She’s a role model, a target and, oh yeah, a police officer. But Colonel Jamila Bayaaz says she’s up to the task.

Relatives and policewomen sit at the back of an ambulance as they transport the body of Sub-Inspector Negara for burial in Helmand province. (Photo: REUTERS/Abdul Malik)

Gunman Kills Senior Afghan Policewoman as Taliban Vows to Kill More

Conflict & Justice

One of Afghanistan’s most senior policewomen has died a day after being shot outside her home in Helmand province. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Candace Rondeaux, and asks about the threats facing women in Afghanistan.

Two Marines Trade in Combat Coffee for the Perfect Cup at Home

Arts, Culture & Media

Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez bonded over a shared love of coffee while deployed as US Marines in Afghanistan. Now, they’ve co-written a new e-book showing all of us how to make the the perfect cup of coffee at home.

Positive progress in Afghanistan finally begins to emerge

The pullout of American forces from Afghanistan by 2014 has some feeling hopeful about the future of the war-torn country. But with the ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan, and continued violence in Afghanistan, it’s often hard to see the progress over the border.