Afghanistan is a country of the young: According to best estimates, half the population was under age 10 when the Sept. 11 attacks took place a decade ago. Now, a generation of Afghans has very little knowledge about the events that so transformed their country. In this photo, Afghan children gather for school in Old Kabul, Aug. 25, 2010.
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Mujib Zozai, a 13-year-old student at Nadera High School in Kabul, wants to be a pilot when he grows up. He has no personal memories of Sept. 11, 2001, and no real understanding of how it is connected to the arrival of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
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Jaleb Mubin Zarifi, principal of Nadera high school in Kabul, encourages a purely religious curriculum — the same that would have been taught under the Taliban. He says more bad than good has come with the arrival of U.S. troops — even though he fought with the U.S.-supported Northern Alliance, which overthrew the Taliban in 2001.
Afghanistan is, perhaps, the country most transformed by the Sept. 11 attacks. And yet most Afghans have no clear memories of those world-changing events because, according to best estimates, most of the country's current population was under the age of 10 at that time.
This generation of Afghans has gone from having no television or Internet to having access to a torrent of media information without much experience filtering truth from rumor.
Libyan rebel fighters raid a house in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday as they search for supporters of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. The rebel leadership is trying to get various rebel factions to work together to create a new government and security force.
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Libyan rebel soldiers stand guard Monday at the last outpost before the desert town of Bani Walid. The town is one of the few places still controlled by Gadhafi supporters, and rebels have been preparing for an assault.
Rebel soldiers in the streets of Tripoli are still savoring the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi and his forces. But rebel commanders are facing the difficult task of uniting disparate militias and consolidating their powers.
By some accounts, members of a newly formed security council are spending more time vying for power among themselves than they are in ensuring security.
At a checkpoint in Tripoli, young men in scavenged military garb chant, "God is greatest."
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The fossil of Australopithecus sediba could be the long-sought transition between ape-like ancestors and the first humans. "It shows a small brain, but a brain that's beginning to reorganize in some ways that resemble our brain," says anthropologist Lee Berger.
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The hand skeleton of an adult Australopithecus sediba against a modern human hand. Anthropologists say the skeleton shows a "mix and match" anatomy, with traits of both primitive and modern animals.
A pair of fossils from a South African cave have scientists both excited and puzzled. Scientists say the fossils — an adult female and a juvenile — could be the long-sought transition between ape-like ancestors and the first humans.
The bones belong to creatures related to the famous Lucy fossil found in Ethiopia in the 1970s, but their owners lived more recently, just two million years ago.
Women who didn't get all three doses of HPV vaccine, as is recommended, were still protected against the virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study finds. If that result holds up, it could become easier and less expensive to protect women against this common form of cancer.