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From Kabul Love Affair to Afghanistan’s First Centre for Study of Its History

By Emma Graham-Harrison Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree's extramarital romance scandalized the city, but their collection of documents now forms the heart of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. Nancy Hatch Dupree arrived in Kabul in 1962 as a diplomat's wife, blithely unaware that the great love of her life was waiting in a country that would become their shared passion and her home through decades of ...

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Pakistan’s terms impossible to meet: Faizi

KABUL- Accusing Pakistan of scuttling efforts at ending the 11-year insurgency, a top presidential aide has indicated Afghanistan will explore other ways of restoring peace and stability. Aimal Faizi spurned unanimous Pakistani foreign ministry officials’ allegations that President Hamid Karzai himself was an obstacle to the peace process. In an interview with a foreign news agency, Faizi argued Karzai had ...

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US Desires Strong, Sovereign Afghanistan: Hagel

WASHINGTON - The United States wanted Afghanistan to be a strong and sovereign nation with a significant future, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, and explaining transition is that country was intended to be orderly and responsible. “We want them (Afghanistan) to be a strong sovereign nation with a significant future,” Hagel told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. “It was always intended an ...

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The United Nation's office in Afghanistan on Thursday highlighted the importance of women's active participation in the upcoming presidential election and peace talks in Afghanistan. At a gathering in Kabul discussing the role of women in society, a spokesperson of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) said that the coming year will be a critical year for determining the role of women in Afghanis ...

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ISAF Claims Killing, Detaining Insurgents

KABUL - Several militants were killed and detained during security operations in different parts of Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday. In Nahr-i-Saraj district of southern Helmand province today, Afghan and coalition forces arrested a senior Taliban leader and detained one other insurgent, a statement from the NATO-led force said. “The leader is believed to exerc ...

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Russia Criticizes Giving Arab Summit Seat to Syrian Opposition

Moscow - Russia criticized the Arab League on Wednesday for giving a seat formerly held by Syria's government to a representative of the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad at a summit in Doha. Opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib took Syria's vacant seat on Tuesday at the Arab summit, which also lent its support to giving military aid to the rebels fighting to oust Assad. "In Doha, another anti-Syria step w ...

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Afghanistan Is Ready To Work for Peace without Pakistan Help: Ludin

Kabul - Afghanistan is shocked by Pakistan's "complacency" in the nascent Afghan peace process and is ready to work without Islamabad's help on reconciliation, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters on Wednesday. It was the first time Afghanistan has suggested the possibility of going it alone without its neighbor. Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to stabilizing Afghanistan because of i ...

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U.S. Special Envoy Underlines Pakistan’s Role in Afghan Peace

Islamabad - Visiting U.S. Acting Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador David Pearce, met Pakistani foreign secretary and underlined Islamabad' s importance in the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Ambassador David Pearce met Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani at Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed bilateral relations and regional situation ...

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Kubis Wants Taliban to Join Peace Process

KABUL - The United Nations on Wednesday reaffirmed its support for an Afghan-led reconciliation effort, urging the Taliban to shun violence and join the peace process. Secretary General Special Representative Jan Kubis said the UN was ready to facilitate negotiations between the Afghan government and its armed opponents. The envoy supported the opening of a Taliban bureau in Qatar for direct dialogue betwee ...

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Afghan Army Scraps Pakistan Trip over Cross-Border Shelling

Kabul - Afghanistan has canceled a military trip to Pakistan due to "unacceptable Pakistani shells” of the country's mountainous eastern borderlands, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. More than two dozen Pakistani artillery shells were fired into Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar on March 25 and 26. The cancellation of the trip and days of angry diplomatic exchanges have placed further strain on ...

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IDLO Concerned at Violence against Women

KABUL - The International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) on Wednesday voiced its grave concern over growing violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. Addressing a gathering in Kabul, IDLO acting Director-General Johanna Vilnius said violence against women in Afghanistan had significantly contributed to the collapse its communities. Cultural restrictions on women were in contradiction with the te ...

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Of Sheep and Wolves!

By: Mahmood Hassan Quraishi. Sheep is an animal that has been gifted with numerous qualities, offering lot many lessons for humans as well. It remains silent and never shows its qualities. There lies the lesson of humility and humbleness for us. It waits for its share and it is out of question that it should try to snatch others’ rights. It always gives its services in the form of milk but when there comes ...

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Joint Pak-Afghan Peace Efforts and the Hidden Tensions

By: Abdul Ahad Bahrami Securing peace deal with the Taliban has been high on the Afghan government’s agenda in recent years. Afghan president Hamid Karzai has invested his political credibility and credit on the efforts aimed at bringing the Taliban leaders on negotiation table. Karzai is determined to push for contacting the Taliban and bringing them to negotiations that could result to a peace deal, befor ...

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UN Optimism over Karzai’s Qatar Trip

As the US forces are preparing for complete withdrawal of combat forces by end of 2014, the efforts for securing a peace deal with the Taliban is getting momentum. According to the reports, President Hamid Karzai will soon head to Qatar, where he will discuss the opening of Taliban political office with Qatari government. Ahead of President Karzai’s important trip to Qatar, the United Nations expressed opti ...

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Alexis Sanchez Keen to Stay at Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez has insisted that he is happy at Barcelona despite reports suggesting he will quit Camp Nou in the summer. The winger joined the Catalans from Udinese in 2011 but has failed to recapture the sort of form that made him one of Europe's most desirable forwards. As a result, the transfer rumour mill has continued to link him with a move back to Italy, with reigning Serie A champions Juventus repo ...

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Scientists Find how Deadly New Virus Infects Human Cells

Scientists have worked out how a deadly new virus which was unknown in humans until last year is able to infect human cells and cause severe, potentially fatal damage to the lungs. In one of the first detailed studies of the virus - which emerged in the Middle East and has so far infected 15 people worldwide, killing nine of them - Dutch researchers identified a cell surface protein it uses to enter and inf ...

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Afghan Women Help Drive Resurgent Economy

KABUL — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Afghanistan, has met with women entrepreneurs making new investments in agriculture, technology, the arts, and athletics. Since the end of Taliban rule here, Afghan women have emerged as a driving force in a new economy with more than 1,600 registered female-owned business in a country where the Gross Domestic Product has nearly quintupled in the las ...

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Karzai Wins Kerry’s Praise for Peace, Poll Plans

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called Monday a good day when the US military finally ceded full control of the Bagram detention facility to his administration -- removing a major irritant in relations between the two countries. He hailed the long-awaited transition of the prison in central Parwan province at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry after their formal meeting at the Pres ...

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No Secret Talks with Taliban: Allen

Washington - President Hamid Karzai has one of the toughest jobs in the world, Gen (R) John Allen said on Monday. There may be occasions when the US will not go along with him, but the relationship continues to be strong. “We are going to have rocky moments and there are going to be words that'll be spoken -- we don't have to like them and we can even condemn them,” said Allen, who was the commander of US a ...

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