An Afghan man walks under a billboard advertising Maryam Barkazi, an independent candidate for the upcoming provincial council election, in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in ... more 
An Afghan man walks under a billboard advertising Maryam Barkazi, an independent candidate for the upcoming provincial council election, in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates.Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 33 OF 48 FOR PACKAGE "THE MODERN FACE OF KABUL" TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH "KABUL NIKOUBAZL" less 
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