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Afghan Forces Improved Faster Than Expected: Gen. Allen

KABUL — The top commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan believes government security forces have improved faster than expected and will be ready to take the lead in the 11-year-old war against the Taliban when foreign combat forces take a back seat this spring. Marine Gen. John Allen told The Associated Press that the main job over the next two years for the International Assistance Force — as the NATO- ...

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Abdullah Slams Karzai’s Remarks on Peace Talks

Kabul - Then National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Wednesday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks that peace negotiation through different channels was a plot of foreigners. Karzai on Tuesday made it clear that only the High Peace Council was authorised to hold reconciliation talks with militants, saying that foreign plots in the guise of negotiations had been t ...

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Honour Killings Worst Form of Abuse: Samar

Kabul - The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson on Wednesday denounced honour killings and sexual assaults on women as the worst form of violence. Sima Samar, the rights watchdog head, told a gathering in Kabul that the violations were linked a low level of awareness and poor law enforcement. She informed the audience, including representatives of civil society organisations and t ...

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La Liga star shuns Southampton interest

Joan Verdu of Espanyol has been a target for a number of teams, with links to clubs as diverse as Atletico Madrid, Southampton and MLS outfit, Seattle Sounders FC. The 29-year-old midfielder, who started his career at Barcelona, was subject to a lot of rumours Stateside prior to the Sounders' signing of Christian Tiffert last year, and is now believed to be one of the players Southampton's new coach Maurici ...

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ANSF Ready for Takeover?

As Afghanistan is getting closer to a historical juncture of its history in which it is set to take the whole responsibility on its own, there are glimpses of hope that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) would be successful for taking the lead role of war and security operations in the country. But, of course there are much to worry about the much-talked-about 2014 deadline for US withdrawal and the ...

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Talking of the Youth!

A man got very angry of a cat in his house. He took a stick in his hand and ran after the cat. Cat went into a room and tried to hide itself somewhere. Man quickly closed and locked the door and started looking for the cat. Holding the stick high in air, he was very much angry and wanted to teach the cat a very good lesson. The cat tried to escape and ran here and there but could not find any way out. The d ...

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Most sleeping pills are designed to knock you out for eight hours. When the Food and Drug Administration was evaluating a new short-acting pill for people to take when they wake up in the middle of the night, agency scientists wanted to know how much of the drug would still be in users’ systems come morning. Blood tests uncovered a gender gap: Men metabolized the drug, Intermezzo, faster than women. Ultimat ...

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End Syria War “In The Name of Humanity”: U.N.’S Ban

New York - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed on Wednesday to all combatants in Syria's civil war to stop fighting "in the name of humanity". Speaking at an aid donor conference in Kuwait, Ban said: "I appeal to all sides and particularly the Syrian government, to stop the killing ... in the name of humanity, stop the killing, stop the violence." More than 60,000 people have been killed since the 2 ...

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Karzai Warns against Peace Talks in Absence of Government

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday made it clear that only the High Peace Council was authorised to hold reconciliation talks with militants, saying that foreign plots in the guise of negotiations had been thwarted. Addressing a conference on Afghanistan’s water resource management in Kabul, the president urged Afghan powerbrokers not to engage in such meetings if genuine government representatives w ...

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Govt. Paving Way for Poll Fraud: FEFA

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The Freed and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday warned the new draft electoral law would facilitate fraud in the polls. The draft law referred to the Wolesi Jirga for approval had flaws that increased the possibility of government interference in the elections, FEFA Programme Director of Mohammad Naeem Asghari said. On the sidelines of a consultative meeting in Mazar-i-Sh ...

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India Urges Sincere Global Support for Afghanistan

NEW DELHI - Sincere international support to Afghanistan -- not meddling in its internal affairs -- is in best the interest of all countries, India’s Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari said on Tuesday. At a meeting with visiting Afghan journalists in New Delhi, he alleged all foreigners claimed supporting the war-torn country. But in real terms, they were interfering in that country, the VP said, without ...

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Masked Plotters

It is a well established fact that foreigners would not spare Afghanistan but the dilemma is that it is denied by the government officials from time to time. The country has become a hub of proxy wars, where neighboring and western countries try to take down their rivals, no matter how many Afghans die, because their own national interests are sacred for them. Preference to personal interests over national ...

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The Ladder of Languages!

Many years back a friend of mine visited some of the countries of Europe. At that time, present grand and powerful European Union had not come into existence but talks were underway to form such a union that could assure the general growth and prosperity of the region. However, some 5-6 countries had entered an agreement and developed treaties that had resulted in many facilities to the citizens of these co ...

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Asian markets mostly up ahead of key data

Asian markets mostly rose on Tuesday as traders awaited key economic data out of the United States and China later in the week and the start of the corporate earnings season. Tokyo climbed 0.39 percent, or 42.41 points, to 10,866.72 and Sydney jumped 1.11 percent as dealers returned from a long weekend, the index adding 53.8 points to end at 4,889.0. Seoul added 0.84 percent, or 16.25 points, to 1,955.96, w ...

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128GB iPad nd Pod Touch Incoming?

We recently reported the imminent death of the iPod Classic, and now it looks like its 128GB iPod Touch replacement is coming, along with a 4th Gen iPad sporting the same capacity. Reports of a 128GB device coming to the Apple range began after coders found it mentioned in iOS 6.1 and iTunes 11 software. So, with the iPod Classic reaching the end of its life, and the 9.7in iPad’s throne being attacked by th ...

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EU’s Ashton tells Iran to stop execution of activists

Brussels - The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called on Iran on Tuesday to halt the execution of five members of the country's Arab minority. Ashton, who is in charge of negotiations between six world powers and Iran over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, said she was concerned about reports the five men had not received a fair trial and had been forced to confess. "Reports that the ...

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Kabul, Islamabad Agree on Deeper Defense Links

ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi on Monday called for closer defence cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan in dealing with the challenges facing the two countries. Currently on a five-day visit to Islamabad, the defence minister issued the call at a meeting with the Pakistan army chief at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison town of Rawalpindi. Gen. Mohammadi and C ...

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Iran to Increase Power Exports to Herat, Nimroz

Kabul - Afghanistan and Iran on Monday signed an agreement on increased power supply to two western provinces from the neighbouring country. Iran exports 90 megawatts of electricity to Herat per hour and 10 megawatts to Nimroz. Under the agreement signed between Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan and his visiting Iranian counterpart Majid Namjoo in Kabul, Tehran would increase power export to Herat by 50 ...

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ISAF Willing to Help Provide Election Security

Kabul - The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said the insurgency had decreased by 14 percent in areas under Afghan security forces’ control. However, he gave no breakdown. Foreign troops would be willing to assist Afghan security personnel during the presidential vote, scheduled to be held in 2014, a spokesman for the NATO-led force said. Günter Katz told a news conference in Kabul t ...

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Muller:ayern Must Learn to e Patient

Thomas Muller has told his Bayern Munich team-mates that they will have to learn to be patient as they cannot expect to decide every match before the break. The Bavarians have been in sublime form this season, but struggled to get going in Sunday's Bundesliga game against Stuttgart. Nevertheless, they eventually recorded a 2-0 victory after Muller and Mario Mandzukic found the net in the second half. "We ha ...

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