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Messi scores against every team in La Liga consecutively

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona's World Player of the Year Lionel Messi scored in a 19th successive La Liga match on Saturday, entering a new statistic in the record books by netting against every team in the league consecutively. The Argentine set up Barca's first and scored the second but struggling Celta Vigo spoiled his celebrations by grabbing an 88th-minute equaliser to hold the visitors to a 2-2 draw. M ...

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NKOREA CALLS NUKES COUNTRY’S ‘LIFE’ AT BIG MEETING

Pyongyang - A top North Korean decision-making body issued a pointed warning Sunday, saying that nuclear weapons are "the nation's life" and will not be traded even for "billions of dollars." The comments came in a statement released after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party. The meeting, which set a "new strategic line" cal ...

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My Afghanistan story

By: Wazhma Frogh, After 20 hours flying from Kabul airport, I finally arrived in New York to attend the Afghanistan Panels at the Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N., inaugurate a photo exhibition of Afghan women at the Congress, and launch the Resolution to Act which is ensuring that Afghan women are at the table during talks with the Taliban. While coming to the United States, during the flight ...

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The Fly and the Sweet!

A fly always sits on a sweet thing. It can be better explained by a zoologist but I am sure it has a strong sense of smell as it soon finds out a hidden sweet thing and comes and sits on it. At times a sweet thing is hidden at a far corner of the room but I think its sweet smell reaches to it and thus it again finds and cherishes it. Another important observation about flies is that when it finds a sweet th ...

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The Summoning Game in the Parliament

The Wolesi Jirga of the Afghan Parliament is going to summon eleven cabinet ministers for under-spending the funds allocated for their relevant ministries. Last week, the chairpersons of Wolesi Jirga commissions agreed to summon the minister this week. Summoning the ministers takes place after months of disagreements and bitter arguments between the lawmakers about the legality of the decision for summoning ...

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President Karzai in Qatar, Taliban Talks in Focus

DOHA - President Hamid Karzai held talks with Qatari leaders on Sunday, official media reported, on a visit the Kabul government has said would seek to explore the possibility of talks with Taliban insurgents on ending Afghanistan's war. Karzai's trip to the Gulf Arab state, a U.S. ally which has mediated in conflicts in Arab or Muslim countries, follows years of stalled discussions among the United States, ...

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HPC moves to set terms for talks with Taliban

KABUL - The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday said its members had set conditions for direct peace talks with insurgents, urging all sections of society to lend their weight to the reconciliation effort. A set of recommendations came up for discussion during a general session of the council that appreciated unflinching cooperation and useful feedback from ulema, political leaders, tribal elders, civil soci ...

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Journalists boycott Senate session

KABUL - Foreign and local journalists on Sunday announced a boycott of Senate sessions in protest against disregarding their proposals about the procedure of questioning summoned officials. The journalists proposed summoned ministers and government officials be allowed to speak before they were asked questions to enable reporters to have clarity on house proceedings. They suggested the upper house should fo ...

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President Karzai’s Qatar Visit

President Hamid Karzai traveled to Qatar on Saturday for peace talks with Taliban representatives and negotiations with Qatari government on opening a political bureau for the militant group. The trip is seen as a major move by the Afghan government for directly persuading the Taliban to come to negotiation table. Aimal Faizi, a spokesman of the Taliban said the delegation would discuss with Qatari governme ...

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Let Them Go

By Rosa Brooks The fear that detainees at Guantánamo or Afghanistan might "return to the battlefield" if released remains an ongoing feature of debates about U.S. detention policy. The concern isn't entirely frivolous: Some former detainees have taken up arms against the United States after gaining their freedom. But here's my heretical thought of the week: So what? Or, more precisely: Isn't it time to reco ...

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North Korea Says Enters “State of War” Against South

Pyongyang - North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, its latest bout of angry rhetoric directed at Seoul and Washington, but the South brushed off the statement as little more than tough talk. The North also threatened to shut down an industrial zone it operates jointly with the South near the heavily armed border between the two sides if Seoul continued to say the com ...

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Karzai in Qatar ‘to Discuss Taliban Talks’

Doha - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in Qatar on a two-day state visit for talks with Qatari officials. The possibility of the Taliban opening a political office in Qatar is expected to be discussed, officials say. The setting up of an office in Qatar is regarded as an important step in formalising a channel for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. US-led Western troops are ...

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Us Commandos Hand Over Troubled Area to Afghans

Kabul - U.S. special operations forces handed over their base in a strategic district of eastern Afghanistan to local Afghan Special Forces on Saturday, a senior U.S. commander said. The withdrawal satisfies a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that U.S. forces leave the area after allegations that the Americans' Afghan counterparts committed human rights abuses there on U.S. orders. The transfer of au ...

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UINICEF Grants Education Ministry $68.5m

KABUL - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday agreed to grant $68.5 million to the education ministry, an official said. Under an agreement signed in Kabul, 2,270 schools will be built in rural areas to pave the ground for provide education to 555,000 children. Education Minister Dr. Farooq Wardak and Peter Crowely, the UNICEF country director, signed the contract. Wardak said the ministry ...

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Afghan-Pakistan-Tajik Transit Pact Planned

Kabul - Afghanistan will have specific conditions for a trilateral transit pact with Pakistan and Tajikistan, the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries said Saturday, suggesting that the conditions set in the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Agreement (APTA) should not be in the new pact. The ministry said that the new agreement should carry equal facilities for all three countries – especially for the Afg ...

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Haqqani, Taliban Leaders Nabbed: ISAF

KABUL - A Haqqani network leader was detained during an operation in the Sabari district of southeastern Khost province on Saturday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. Blamed for obtaining improvised explosive devices and other weapons and distributing them to multiple militant commanders, the detainee allegedly led a number of fighters in attacks Against Afghan and coalition forces. A ...

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Afghanistan Beats Bahrain in Asian T20 Cricket

Afghanistan on Thursday beat Bahrain in the Asian T20 cricket by 72 runs, raising its chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2015 after beating Oman earlier this week. Afghanistan proved too strong for Gulf nation, setting a 157 run target for Bahrain with Gulbadin Naib batting the highest score for the Afghans with 46 runs. Bahrain could not even double Naib's batting score, making only 85 runs. Naib shon ...

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Sleeping n Your ack ‘IIncreases Risk f Stillbirth’

Pregnant women who sleep on their back are at greater risk of having a stillbirth, a new study suggests. Mothers-to-be who sleep in this position are five times more likely to have a baby with a low birth weight, and for some women this results in the tragedy of a stillbirth, researchers said. More than a quarter of cases might be avoided simply by ensuring that women change their sleeping position, researc ...

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Adverse Climate for the Peace Efforts

As the Afghan government struggles to bring the Taliban into negotiation table, the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, whose role is considered as crucial in the efforts for bringing peace in Afghanistan, is teetering. The Afghan government, disappointed of Pakista n’s sabotage of the peace efforts and its unwillingness to persuade the militants to shun violence, is increasingly criticizing the rol ...

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Keeping it Consistent

By: Mahmood Hassan Quraishi. This historically authentic story is often mentioned to highlight the importance of hard work, consistency and perseverance. The famous warrior and king of his time, Amir Taimoor once went through the worst times of his life. He lost his throne and with this all his loyal companions also left him alone to face all the hardships. His enemy not only removed him from his post but a ...

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