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Is Peace Achievable?

In spite of long-term struggle for peace talks or negotiation with the Taliban in different ways, including the summit conference earlier this month between the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, yet the ground remained so unclear. The government itself is confused what does it want to achieve, since the Taliban continue their deadly attacks in various parts of the country and their released friends are r ...

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UN urges dialogue on curbing civilian deaths

KABUL - The United Nations on Tuesday acknowledged the Taliban's open letter of Feb. 2013 in response to its annual report on civilian casualties during the conflict in 2012. The UN mission hailed the Taliban statement as an invitation to engage in meaningful dialogue on human rights and humanitarian issues on the benefit of all Afghans. In their open letter, the Taliban rubbished the UN report, calling the ...

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Kabul Seeks Security Guarantee from US

WASHINGTON - The United States is believed to refuse to give a security commitment to Afghanistan in case of an attack on it by its neighbors, officials from both sides said on Tuesday. Under the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) currently being negotiated between the two countries, Kabul wants the US to come to its rescue in the event of aggression from its neighbors. Informed sources told Pajhwok Afghan ...

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Security organs given list of polling stations

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it was sending a list of polling stations for the 2014 presidential and 2015 parliamentary elections to security organs to enable them to come up with elaborate security plans. The list of 6,918 voting stations will be sent to defence and interior ministries, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and National Security Council (NSC), IEC ...

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Edin Dzeko drops Manchester City exit hint with Bundesliga revelation

Edin Dzeko has opened the door to a summer switch away from Manchester City after admitting he wants a return to the Bundesliga. The striker, who was a £27million arrival from Wolfsburg in January 2011, has found himself unable to hold down a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s side this season, despite being City’s top league scorer with 12 goals. Now, with Mancini expected to further strengthen his attacki ...

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Dreaming of the Halcyon Days

Picture is dark and disheartening but still Afghans have to see it in order to plug the loopholes that had stolen our peace of mind. Corruption is rampant in the country. Peace is gone far away with less hope of return while pessimism is on the rise. Several other issues like unemployment, violence against women, early child and forces marriages, skyrocketing price hike, illiteracy, lack of health and other ...

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How long can modern submarines remain underwater?

Thanks to their state-of-the-art, built-in reactors, modern nuclear submarines never have to surface to refuel. When the submarine goes into service, it has all the nuclear fuel (such as uranium) it will need for its projected lifetime, which can extend as long as 33 years. Just as in a nuclear powerplant on land, nuclear fission in the reactor generates heat, which produces steam, which turns a turbine, wh ...

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Obama plans to “listen,” not present Mideast peace plan: Kerry

Washington - President Barack Obama will not bring a peace plan to Israel and the Palestinian Territories next month, but rather intends to listen, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Obama's plan to visit has raised speculation of a new U.S. push to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. But Kerry, spe ...

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Nabi Vows his Level Best Good Job

KABUL : All-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who replaced Nawroz Mangal as Afghanistan's captain on Sunday, has promised he would try his level best to galvanise the team into proving its mettle in upcoming international events. The game's regularity authority named Nabi as skipper for the Asian Games campaign, replacing Mangal, under whose leadership Afghanistan gained one-day international status and qualified for ...

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Afghans to showcase agro riches in Dubai

KABUL: Afghan traders are set to showcase their agricultural riches, ranging from saffron and pomegranates to apples and nuts, at a three-day exhibition in Dubai, the USAID said on Monday. Scheduled to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Gulfood Exhibition is the Middle East’s biggest annual food and hospitality show, bringing together thousands of buyers, suppliers, and food enthusiasts. With USAI ...

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Samsung takes on Apple with new tablet

Samsung announces new eight-inch screen tablet Samsung Electronics is beefing up its tablet range with a competitor to Apple's iPad Mini that sports a pen for writing on the screen. The Korean company announced on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will have an eight-inch screen, putting it very close in size to Apple's tablet, which launched in November with a 7.9-inch screen. It's not the ...

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Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

Damascus - Syria is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet to negotiate with rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad. But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight "against terrorism," alluding to the conflict in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed. His offer of talks drew a dismissive ...

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No Evidence of US Forces’ Misdemeanor: ISAF

   KABUL - The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said it had no evidence regarding the harassment of civilians by American Special Forces in central Maidan Wardak province. A day earlier, President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman said the National Security Council (NSC) had given American forces two weeks to leave central Maidan Wardak province. Aimal Faizi said a number ...

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Senate Condemns Afghans’ Execution in Iran

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga (upper house of parliament) members on Monday strongly condemned the execution of Afghans in Iran and asked the Afghan government and international human rights institutions to prevent such incidents. Five people of the Glifgan district of northern Takhar province were recently executed in the neighbouring country and their bodies were transported to their native villages three days a ...

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Karzai Reshuffles Police Top Brass

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, approving a proposal from the Ministry of Interior (MoI), has approved a major reshuffle of senior security officials, his office said on Monday. The administrative affairs department said the shake-up was aimed at bringing reforms to the ministry and enhancing security in the country. A statement from the department said Karzai had approved the MoI proposal ordering 14 senio ...

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Afghanistan Peace Talks: London Calling

By Monish Gulati Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari were in London on 03 February 2013 for a trilateral summit meeting with the British Prime Minister David Cameron. The focus of the talks were on cross-border security, the Afghan peace process including reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and more bluntly, the options available to the Afghan government if it fails to ...

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Quetta is Bleeding

The brutal targeted killings of the Hazara ethnic minority in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province of Pakistan marked another sad chapter for this minority community. Since 2001, Quetta has turned into a bleeding graveyard for the Shiite community. Saturday, February 16, 2013 was regarded the bloodiest day for the Hazara community in Pakistan when around 100 people were killed and more than 300 ...

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US Special Forces Plunge Into Controversy

No windup is in sight to the hot talks regarding alleged involvement of US Special Forces in harassment, torture and killing of civilians in Maidan Wardak province as the Afghan government is distressed. The National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Hamid Karzai has directed the Defense Ministry to clear the province from American troops within two weeks. The decision was made when the defense mi ...

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Execution of Afghans in Iran a serious issue: AIHRC

KUNDUZ - The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday voiced concern over the execution of Afghan nationals in Iran, urging the government to step up diplomatic efforts to resolve the issue. A day earlier, scores of people participated in a funeral ceremony in the Kalifgan district of northern Takhar province for five people executed in Iran. They accused the Afghan government of no ...

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Three Men Sentenced to Death in Herat

HERAT - A primary court awarded the capital punishment to three men and sentenced two co-accused to 20 years each in jail in western Herat province for kidnapping three people, including a doctor, and murdering one of them. "One of the captives was killed three months back. The victims include two sons of a trader. The deceased was one of his sons," said Judge Abdul Rassoul Mansoor, while handing down the v ...

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