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Everton star admits Chelsea transfer interest

Chelsea transfer news: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini sets sights on Stamford Bridge switch. Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini admits he still has a burning desire to join Chelsea this summer, reports the Sunday People. The 25-year-old Belgian international insists he will not push for a move away from Goodison Park tat the end of the season, but concedes that the opportunity to test himself in the ...

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Kerry makes first foreign trip as top U.S. diplomat

Washington - John Kerry views his first trip as U.S. secretary of state as a listening tour, but the leaders he meets will want to hear whether he has any new ideas on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry leaves on Sunday for London, the first stop on a nine-nation, 11-day trip that will also take him to Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha before he returns home ...

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Iran Must Be Taken Accountable

Once again the execution of Afghan citizens in Iran on charges of drug trafficking surfaced the news. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) voiced concerns over violation of Afghans’ rights in Iran and the executions taken recently. According to media reports, the residents of northern Takhar province participated in funeral of five Afghan citizens who were executed in Iran lately. In ...

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From Impossible to Possible!

The conditions of a person’s soul and spirit are exhibited by many of the external reflectors. The face, eyes, voice, body language and even the style of walking of a person shows how a person feels or what is going on inside his mind and soul. The conditions of a person who is happy from his heart can be detected by others from the brightness of his eyes and calmness of his face even if he doesn’t try deli ...

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A Robust NATO Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

When US officials announced that the Obama administration may decide to completely pull out troops from Afghanistan by end of 2014, the news confused many in Afghanistan and Washington and perhaps in NATO who were thinking of a sustainable US presence in Afghanistan after 2014. For sure, the news encouraged the Taliban for thinking to wait for US exit and coming back when there are no NATO troops in Afghani ...

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US to Keep 12,000 Troops in Afghanistan

Washington - The US and NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year. The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said most allied defence ministers assured him they are committed to remaining part of a US-led coalition, aiming to keep between 8,000 to 12,000 troops after the combat mission ends in 2014. "I feel very confident that we ar ...

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Pakistan to Contact Interpol over Maulvi Faqir: Rehman Malik

Islamabad - Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said Pakistan would soon be contacting the Interpol for the handing over of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, a senior commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recently captured in Afghanistan, DawnNews reported. The Taliban commander was captured on Monday by Afghan intelligence personnel in a border area and the Foreign Office had on Thursday asked the A ...

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Kandahar MPs, Govt. Trade Charges

KANDAHAR - With no sign of a patch-up in sight, the blame game between Wolesi Jirga members representing southern Kandahar province and the provincial administration continues over persisting public problems. MPs Abdul Rahim Ayubi and Hamidzai Lalai, addressing a public gathering in Kandahar City on Thursday, accused the provincial government of corruption and sought immediate replacement of the governor. B ...

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Faqir planned attacks on senior Afghan officials

JALALABAD - Dreaded Pakistani insurgent commander Maulvi Faqir Ahmad had sneaked into eastern Afghanistan for consultations with the Afghan Taliban, an intelligence official revealed on Saturday. The former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan No 2 was arrested six days ago along with four associates in the Basawal area of the Momand Dara district in Nangarhar province. He is currently under investigation at a detenti ...

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Rafael: This is my Best Season Yet for Manchester United

The Manchester United full-back believes he has added consistency to his impressive array of attributes this term, but admits he still sees room for improvement in his displays Rafael believes he is playing the best football of his Manchester United career this season, but insists he can still improve. The Brazilian has been a key member of Sir Alex Ferguson's side this term, making 31 appearances in all co ...

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Syria conflict: opposition SNC pulls out of talks

Damascus - The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has pulled out of a series of international meetings in protest at what it said was the "shameful" failure to stop violence. The SNC said it had decided not to attend a meeting of the Friends of Syria Grouping in Rome next month. It was also turning down invitations for talks in Washington and Moscow. A statement singled out Russia for supporting and ...

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An Unending War!

Until a man is in authority and commanding his desires, he appears to be very strong. It is then he is able to experience those qualities which are only bestowed to him and which win him the title of ‘The Best of Creatures”. Both good and bad qualities of his personality stand in front of him with their hands tied and head bowed, waiting for an order from the person. Mans’ confidence makes him rise to the b ...

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Funding Large Afghan Force Possible: NATO

BRUSSELS - The NATO chief on Thursday called for allies to undo defence spending cutbacks to keep the western alliance strong enough to deal with present and future challenges. Current plans for slashing the strength of the 352,000-strong Afghan security force by a third after 2015 could be delayed until 2018, some alliance officials indicated, explaining a final decision in this regard was yet to be taken. ...

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US Denies German Claim over US Troops in Afghanistan

The US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has denied German claims that he confirmed the number of US troops in Afghanistan after Nato's exit in 2014. Germany's Defence Minister said earlier Mr Panetta had told Nato allies in Brussels that 8,000 to 12,000 US troops would stay put. Mr Panetta said "several figures were discussed" but no specific numbers had been committed. German Defence Minister Thomas de Ma ...

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Karzai Vows to Defend Freedom of Speech

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, hailing the freedom of speech as a massive achievement, on Thursday called for preserving this liberty and implementing it in all media outlets across the country. In his fortnightly radio address to the nation, the president promised that efforts at undermining the freedom of expression would be brooked under no circumstance. The constitutionally-guaranteed liberty must be e ...

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NATO Determined for Success in Afghanistan

NATO is considering a plan to pay for higher number of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) until 2018. The plan is proposed at a time when there are increasing speculations over a minimalist presence of the US in post-2014 Afghanistan. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on the day five of the NATO summit in Brussels that the alliance is considering a plan to fund over 350 thousand Afghan security forc ...

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Picking Addiction Help

“Treatment is not a prerequisite to surviving addiction.” This bold statement opens the treatment chapter in a helpful new book, “Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery,” by William Cope Moyers, a man who nonetheless needed “four intense treatment experiences over five years” before he broke free of alcohol and drugs. As the son of Judith and Bill Moyers, successful parents who watched helpl ...

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Russia, China Oppose Military Intervention in North Korea

Moscow - Russia and China said on Friday they would oppose any foreign military intervention in North Korea over its recent nuclear test. The two countries' foreign ministers condemned last week's test but said any action against North Korea had to be agreed at the United Nations, where Russia and China have the right of veto as permanent members of the Security Council. "We are against the carrying out of ...

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Abdullah Wants Nation to Foil Poll Rigging Bids

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday called on the nation not to allow the incumbent government to prolong its stay in power by interfering in next year’s presidential election. “You should not allow one or two groups to rule you by misusing your sincere intention to cast ballots,” Abdullah told participants of a gathering marking the 33rd anniversary of the 19 ...

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Pakistan Has Failed In War on Terror: Khalili

KABUL - Second Vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili on Wednesday accused Pakistan of failing in the international war on terrorism and defending its citizens, particularly members of the minority communities. Khalili was addressing 50 Hazara tribesmen who have been on a hunger strike since Tuesday against the killing of 81 Shiites in a massive bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta. More than 200 peop ...

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