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U.S. Has No Plans to Send Troops to Mali: Panetta

Washington - The United States has no current plans to send troops to Mali and is still considering how else to help French forces battling al Qaeda-linked fighters there, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday. The clarification of Washington's position came as France launched fresh air strikes on the fifth day of its military intervention in the West African nation. Paris has poured hundreds of so ...

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France Seeks Gulf Arab Help for Mali Anti-Rebel Push

Paris - France expects Gulf Arab states will help an African campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, possibly with materials or financing,  said on Tuesday. In response to questions from reporters on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Fabius added that the presence of French troops on the ground in the Muslim African state would not galvanize al Qaeda recruitment in the region. "No, because it's the con ...

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383.5m Old Banknotes Set on Fire in Kandahar

Kandahar - A visiting Afghanistan central bank's delegation on Monday said it had torched old banknotes amounting to 383.5 million afghanis after their collection in southern Kandahar province. Headed by Da Afghanistan Bank deputy president, Mohammad Esa Tarab, the 12-member delegation, accompanied by officials of other departments and lawmakers, arrived in Kandahar city, the provincial capital, a day earli ...

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Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 coming 2013 with US$400 price tag

The next generation PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 consoles will land in October 2013 and November 2013 respectively, with price tags between US$250-$400. That’s according to analyst Colin Sebastian of Baird Equity Research, who reckons that the next-gen consoles will be mostly built from off-the-shelf PC hardware with integrated voice and motion controls. That’s good news for Sony fans who had to fork out more ...

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Ronaldo: Playing for Real Madrid tougher than Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo says there is more pressure playing for Real Madrid than Manchester United and has refused to rule out a move away from the Bernabeu when his contract expires in 2015. The Portuguese superstar has began 2013 with a bang, scoring five goals in two games, including a hat-trick against Celta Viga which was, remarkably, the 18th treble of his Madrid career. He managed just one during six years ...

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Air Strike near Damascus Kills 20: Opposition Activists

Damascus - An air strike on a rebel-held town southwest of the Syrian capital Damascus killed 20 people on Monday, resident opposition activists said. An activist living in Moadamiyeh, who asked not to be named, said the dead were members of two families and included women and children. Activist video footage showed images of the limp body of a boy being pulled out from broken concrete, his back covered in ...

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France Pledges ‘Short’ Campaign against Islamists

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France's involvement in the campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali will last "a matter of weeks". On Sunday, French warplanes bombed the town of Gao in eastern Mali, extending their raids deep into rebel territory. France's military began action against the militants in Mali on Friday. It has called a meeting of the UN Security Council for Monda ...

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Balochistan Govt. Sacked, Hazaras Bury Victims

QUETTA: After braving three nights in Quetta’s freezing temperatures next to their slain loved ones, the families of dozens of bombing victims ended their protest and buried the bodies amid strict security measurers in a Hazara graveyard on Monday. Relatives, friends and members of Hazara community had camped out at major intersections of the provincial capital for last four days to protest killings of more ...

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Complete Troops Withdrawal is a Recipe for Disaster

By Adela Raz – Afghanalytica  Intense discussions are taking place in Washington about the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Leaked reports indicate the White House is considering keeping as few as 2,500 troops after 2014. And on Tuesday, Ben Rhodes, US Deputy National Security Advisor said a complete withdrawal is also an option. Although an announcement on residual troop numbers is not ex ...

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ATTRIBUTES OF BEING CIVILIZED

Mahmood Hassan Quraishi A man was walking on the road. At once, a man came out of a shop very fast and hit the man on the road and they both fell down. First man stood up and said to the next in a bitter voice, ‘Why don’t you look before you come out on road, you should remember that you are not running in your father’s garden’. These words annoyed the second badly and he came up with even worst and annoyin ...

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Caution! Another Obstacle Ahead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his three-day visit to the United States tried his best to discuss all pertinent issues in order to secure Afghanistan’s interests before he completes his term. His efforts were infused with leadership skills and patriotism. He accomplished many goals—of important nature—such as transfer of US-run prisons to Afghan government and supply of modern military equipments to Afgha ...

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Loya Jirga to Decide On Immunity for US Troops

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai on Monday linked immunity for American troops to a Loya Jirga decision, warning the bilateral security agreement (BSA) would be not implemented if commitments between Afghanistan and the United States remained unenforced. Following his return from a three-day state visit to Washington, Karzai told a news conference in Kabul that he had reached agreement with US Counterpart Bar ...

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Lower House Prorogued Amid Uproar

Kabul - An important session of the Wolesi Jirga was adjourned amid uproar on Monday when four of the 11 cabinet ministers refused to appear before the lower house over their failure to spend a major portion of their developments funds. Those who failed to appear before the national assembly included ministers of defence, interior, urban development and higher education. The defiance triggered a heated deba ...

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Politicians Criticize Karzai for Agreeing to Earlier Transition

Kabul - Afghan politicians have joined the senate in its disapproval of the decision for an earlier transition from US forces to Afghan forces this year. Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed with his US counterpart Barack Obama last week that Afghan security forces should take the lead on all matters of security by the spring, instead of the summer, while the foreign combat forces will move into a support r ...

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US Vows $1 Billion in Annual Aid to Afghanistan: Zakhilwal

Kabul - The United States of America has vowed to provide $800 million to $1 billion in annual aid to Afghan government, Afghan finance minister Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal on Sunday said. He was speaking during the cabinet meeting led by Afghan Hamid Karzai and said the United States has vowed to provide the funds to the Afghan governemnt which was previously spent in Afghanistan through private contracts. Mr. Z ...

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Pakistan Prime Minister Flies to Quetta to Meet Protesters

Islamabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf flew to the city of Quetta on Sunday to meet local Shi'ites holding a protest alongside the bodies of family members killed in one of the country's worst sectarian attacks. Thousands of the Shi'ite Hazara community, the ethnic group targeted by the blast, have been holding vigils at the site of the blast beside the 96 shrouded bodies. They have spent t ...

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The Grim Consequences of Poverty and Injustice

Poverty has always been the root cause of all evils in people’s lives and has provoked a global unrest. There has always been a link between hunger and global security. Reports indicate that poverty in Afghanistan is an outcome of various consequences, including inattention to poverty and violation of human rights, widespread abuse of authority in the system of government, intense military conflicts and ext ...

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THE NEED OF BEING RATIONAL!

I really think it to be unjust to assign a duty to a person who doesn’t have even the rudimentary knowledge of the task he has undertaken. Same applies to a person who is too much interested to talk about an issue that he is absolutely unaware of and whose knowledge about the issue stems from sources which are absolutely irresponsible or not trustworthy. Tough it used to be very much frequent before but now ...

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Summoning the Ministers: A Responsible Move?

The Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, is to summon eleven cabinet ministers today for under-spending the funds for their relevant ministries. The deputy speaker of the lower house on Saturday warned that the lawmakers could bring no-confidence vote against the ministers who neglect summon of the House and fail to appear there on Monday. This is while the lawmakers spent weeks on discussing wh ...

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Afghan Special Force on Cards to Address Threats

Washington - The Obama administration has agreed to help Afghanistan build an exclusive special operations force to deal with internal and external security threats. An agreement was reached on creating the Foundation Force for Afghanistan during President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington, officials familiar with the three-day deliberations told Pajhwok Afghan News. Notably, there was no mention of it eit ...

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