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The Semi-Successful Talks in Washington

The Afghan delegation headed by President Karzai ended the Washington tour of negotiations on the future course of partnership and US military role in Afghanistan. After a meeting at the White House, President Karzai and US president Obama participated in a joint press conference, announcing an early handover of combat operations to the Afghan security forces which would take place the coming spring. Both l ...

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Russia Rejects Assad Exit as Precondition for Syria Deal

Moscow - Russia voiced support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict. A Foreign Ministry statement following talks on Friday with the United States and Brahimi, whom the Syrian government has labeled "flagrantly biased", reiterated calls for an end to violence in Syria, ...

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Pakistan Shia Families Refuse to Bury Dead

Islamabad - Families of Shia Muslims targeted in twin bombings that killed at least 86 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury their dead unless the government does more to protect them from increasing violence targeting their sect. Protesters in Quetta have staged a sit-in since Friday evening, and demonstrations were held in solidarity with them in other cities, including Lahore, Karac ...

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Women’s Fear from Teenage Boys in the Land of God!

In Afghanistan, the term “animal” addressed to human beings is insulting and it becomes even more heavy and sensitive when the word “dog” is used. Looking to the context of Afghanistan where all the people are Muslims and believe in Quran the mentioned words needs to be degrading. This is because Quran has given the highest rank and has declared man as the foremost of creation and the masterpiece of the Cre ...

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Gift for the Fellow Beings!

Like the physical requirements of food, water and other things, our souls also require their food. This includes of affection, love, respect and sharing the company of each other. Presence or absence of these things greatly affects our feelings and thus the behaviors in life. Now it is not a secret that children who are brought up with proper love and affection of family succeed in developing a sound and st ...

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Summoned Ministers Warned of No-Confidence Vote

KABUL - The deputy speaker of the lower house on Saturday warned that lawmakers could bring no-confidence motions against nearly a dozen ministers if they failed to appear before the assembly on Monday. The Wolesi Jirga on Thursday voted to summon the 11 Cabinet members for failing to use less than half of the development funds released to their ministries as part of the 2011 budget. Deputy Speaker Haji Abd ...

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Opposition Alliance Calls for Interim Govt.

Kabul - The main opposition alliance on Saturday called for installing an interim government before the 2014 presidential election. Ahmad Zia Massoud, the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader, told reporters in Kabul a government -- seeking to perpetuate itself in power by employing all possible means -- could not promote democracy in the country. Also a former vice-president, Massoud said his concern wa ...

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President Karzai Plays Down ‘Zero Option’ Talks

Washington - American forces would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when security transition is to be completed, but would be stationed only at certain facilities in limited numbers to continue fighting against al Qaeda and its affiliates, President Hamid Karzai said on Friday. Addressing students of the Georgetown University, he categorically ruled out the possibility of a “zero option” -- meaning the US ...

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Karzai, Obama Agree on Early Combat Handover to Afghan Forces

US troops in Afghanistan will end "most" combat operations this spring, US President Barack Obama and Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have said. They said US troops were expected to switch to a support role, slightly earlier than originally scheduled, as Afghan forces take the security lead. The two leaders also backed the holding of talks in Doha, Qatar, between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Most ...

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Finally the Deadlock Is Over

Afghan delegation led by President Hamid Karzai with a legion of other high state officials in the United States held important discussion to enhance bilateral ties while building consensus on issues of mutual interests. During the visit to Washington the delegation showed a rare manifestation of rationalism and took several steps to remove the deadlock that had taken place after searing issues related to s ...

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Karzai, Clinton Discuss Reconciliation Drive

Washington - Ahead of a crucial summit at the White House, visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a wide range of issues, including the presence of US forces in his country after 2014. Clinton hosted a working dinner for Karzai and his delegation, which was preceded by a one-on-one meeting between the two. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also attended the dinner. ...

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Unemployment Needs Immediate Response

After more than eleven years of national and international organizations’ involvement in economic, social and political sectors, unemployment still rocks the country. More than 40 percent and more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. The situation of the state is undermined by the convergence of demographic, social, economic and of course political challenges. The current poor economic ...

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Fears for Pakistan as Blasts Kill 126

Extremist bomb attacks killed 126 people in one of Pakistan's deadliest days for years, raising concerns Friday about rising violence in the nuclear-armed country ahead of general elections. Two suicide bombers killed 92 people and wounded 121 after they targeted a crowded snooker club in the southwestern city of Quetta Thursday, in an area dominated by Shiite Muslims from the Hazara ethnic minority. Extrem ...

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US May Pull out All Troops from Afghanistan after 2014

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration does not rule out a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 2014, the White House said on Tuesday, just days before President Barack Obama is due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The comments by U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes were the clearest signal yet that, despite initial recommendations by the top military commander in Afgh ...

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Ministers to Appear Before Wolesi Jirga on Monday

Kabul - Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members were finally able on Wednesday to settle their differences over summoning nearly a dozen ministers who failed to effectively utilise their last fiscal year's budgetary allocations. With a majority vote last month, the assembly agreed to summon the 11 Cabinet members for spending less than 50 percent of their development budgets in 2011, but later differences surfac ...

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US Links Afghan Aid to Good Governance

Washington - The United States on Tuesday asserted an increase in the percentage of its aid routed through the Afghan government would depend on the progress in anti-corruption measures, transparency and governance. “We have continued to evaluate what the appropriate percentage is. We've made a pledge that about 50 percent ought to go through the Afghan government, but this has been tied to our expectation ...

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Russia, U.S. to Meet Syria Envoy Brahimi on Friday

Moscow - Russian and U.S. diplomats plan to hold a meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Friday in Geneva, Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Wednesday. Russian and U.S. diplomats held two trilateral meetings last month with Brahimi, who is trying to find a diplomatic solution to end the nearly 22-month-old conflict betwe ...

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Egypt’s President to Meet Palestinian Rivals on Unity

Cairo - Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi plans to meet the leaders of Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday in a renewed effort to help them heal their five-year-old feud, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said. But there was no confirmation President Mahmoud Abbas of the secular Fatah group and Khaled Meshaal of the Islamist Hamas movement would meet face to face, and a unity pact reached in ...

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The Alarming US Signal of Complete Withdrawal

White House officials announced that the Obama administration does not rule out complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after the 2014 deadline. The announcement comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting the United States and will meet US President Barack Obama. Despite the recommendations by NATO commander in Afghanistan about keeping between 6,000 up to 20,000 US troops in Afghanistan a ...

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LG Ups Investment in Electronics Division

SEOUL -- South Korean conglomerate LG Group (IW 1000/87) said Monday it would boost investment in its electronics business by more than 30% in 2013, stepping up its challenge to rival Samsung. Of a total 20 trillion won (US$18.8 billion) it said had been set aside for investment, 13.4 trillion won is earmarked for LG Electronics, which makes TVs, PCs and smartphones, and LG Display, which makes displays use ...

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