25 Dec '14, 8am

#Afghans hope for change after bloody year:

There is cause for measured optimism - a new president has vowed to overhaul the government, root out corruption and mend ties with neighboring Pakistan, where the Taliban is long believed to have enjoyed safe haven. But President Ashraf Ghani faces a monumental challenge in trying to reform the notoriously corrupt government and security forces, and the Taliban have vowed to keep fighting until the last foreign soldier departs.

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/afghans-hope-for-...

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