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John Kerry practices soccer skills during meeting with Afghan women

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Secretary of State John Kerry heads an Afghan-made soccer ball towards the captain of Afghanistan's women's national soccer team, Zahra Mahmoodi, as he meets with the women-owned company that makes the ball, and other Afghan women entrepreneurs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on March 26, 2013.

By Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

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Secretary of State John Kerry met Afghan businesswomen in Kabul on Monday in an effort to show U.S. commitment to women's rights - at one point heading a soccer ball with a 22-year-old female player.

Zahra Mahmoodi, captain of the Afghan women's national soccer team, asked Kerry for help to build a dedicated stadium where women and girls could play soccer.

Speaking to Reuters afterwards, she said she was particularly worried about a return of the Taliban after 2014.

"Yes, I am worried about that but I don't want to think about it," she said with a nervous laugh. "If the Taliban come back there will be no human rights and I think that it will be even worse than the past." Read the full story.

Secretary of State John Kerry was wrapping up a trip to Afghanistan to repair relations with the U.S. when he met with a businesswoman who made soccer balls and showed off a few of his own skills.


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