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Conflict & Justice

Afghanistan's first female pilot makes 'heartbreakingly difficult decision' to seek asylum in the US

Niloofar Rahmani, a 25-year-old pilot lionized widely as the "Afghan Top Gun" after the 1986 Tom Cruise film on flying aces, was scheduled to return to Afghanistan last week after a 15-month training course with the US Air Force. But on the eve of her departure, she declared she will not be returning citing fears for her safety, triggering a storm of criticism in Afghanistan for "betraying" her nation but also garnering support from activists.

Conflict & Justice

Afghanistan's first female pilot makes 'heartbreakingly difficult decision' to seek asylum in the US

Niloofar Rahmani, a 25-year-old pilot lionized widely as the "Afghan Top Gun" after the 1986 Tom Cruise film on flying aces, was scheduled to return to Afghanistan last week after a 15-month training course with the US Air Force. But on the eve of her departure, she declared she will not be returning citing fears for her safety, triggering a storm of criticism in Afghanistan for "betraying" her nation but also garnering support from activists.

Politics

Clinton's complicated history in Haiti has some voters saying, why vote at all?

During Wednesday night's presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump referenced his trip to Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, likening the city to the Caribbean country, saying that people there "hate the Clintons because what's happened in Haiti with the Clinton Foundation." Clinton defended the foundation's work, comparing its accomplishments to those of the Trump Foundation's. It underscored the complicated feelings about Clinton among Haitian-Americans.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues