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The War of Words and Future of Partnership

It seems that the war of words between President Karzai and the US-NATO side is not going to end soon. President Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi called the ongoing war on terror as futile, questioning the necessity for continuation of the war in Afghanistan. The remarks came after comments by NATO chief General Anders Fogh Rasmussen who labeled Karzai’s comments on US-Taliban collusion for prolonged presence ...

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Joleon Lescott Set For Cut-Price Man City Exit

Joleon Lescott has been told his services are no longer required at Manchester City according to The Mail On Sunday. The defender was left out of Roy Hodgson's England squad after finding himself marginalised at the Etihad Stadium this season. The centre-back currently finds himself behind the likes of Gary Cahill, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Dawson and Chris Smalling in the pecking order as England prepare for ...

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Samsung premiers feature-packed Galaxy S4

New York/Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co premiered its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, which sports a bigger display and unconventional features such as gesture controls, as the South Korean titan challenges Apple Inc on its home turf. The phone, the first in the highly successful Galaxy S-series to make its global debut on US soil, was unwrapped at Manhattan's iconic Radio City Music Hall on Thursday e ...

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Afghan and Indian Investors Attend a Joint Conference in Kabul

A delegation of Indian companies attended a joint conference held in Kabul on Sunday. The conference was attended by 18 Indian companies from various sectors, including cement production, agriculture, car manufacturing, water consulting services, energy and infrastructure, electronics and transportation. Addressing the conference, Chief of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Mohammad Q ...

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Brokering peace deal

Opposition parties announce to broker a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government. A foreign news agency on Monday reported that Afghan political parties sitting outside the parliament had established contacts with Taliban leaders to end the ongoing conflict before withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. The move is also aimed to reach a consensus and ensure peaceful elections next yea ...

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Nations Gather for Final U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

New York - Negotiators from around 150 countries gather in New York on Monday for a final push to hammer out a binding international treaty to end unregulated conventional arms sales, a pact that a powerful U.S. pro-gun lobby is urging Washington to reject. Arms control campaigners and human rights advocates say one person every minute dies worldwide as a result of armed violence, and that a treaty is neede ...

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Afghan Political Opposition Parties in Talks with Taliban

Washington - The main political opposition parties of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai  are in talks with the Taliban and Islamist groups, hoping to broker peace before next year’s exit of international combat troops and a presidential race that will determine Karzai’s successor, The Associated Press reported. Senior Taliban officials quoted by the Associated Press said, the new channel of discussion has b ...

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1,800 Policemen Killed in a Year

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior on Monday said 1,800 policemen and 4,600 insurgents had been killed over the past year. Another 3,000 members of the force were wounded in 6,300 attacks since March 21, 2012 in different parts of the country, a spokesman for the ministry said. Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui told a press conference in Kabul 4,600 militants were killed, 980 wounded and 6,700 others, including 40 sui ...

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Afghan Movie Nominated in US Film Festival

Kabul - Afghan film "A Man's Desire for a Fifth Wife" has been nominated for the US's Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) which will held in April. The film festival will be held from the April 12 to April 21 at the Boston Massachusetts which showcases over 90 films annually. The film, directed by Sediq Abedi, was made in northern Faryab and Balkh provinces and took about a year to make. It tells the ...

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NATO Head: Afghan Prez Wrong to Charge Collusion

Brussels - The head of the NATO military alliance has emphatically rejected the charge by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. and NATO are colluding with the Taliban to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen calls that "an absolutely ridiculous idea." Earlier this month, Karzai accused the West of trying to craft an agreement between the Taliban and his poli ...

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Afghan Foreign Minister Visits New Zealand for Bilateral Talks

Kabul - Afghan foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully met today in Wellington to discuss the bilateral relationship between Afghanistan and New Zealand. Zalmai Rassoul arrived in New Zealand on a tewo day official visit. “A new chapter in our countries’ relationship is about to begin, with New Zealand withdrawing its Provincial Reconstruction ...

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Peace Process Being Sabotaged by Outsiders: Faizi

Around 18 Taliban members who have shown a desire to negotiate with the Afghan government or join the peace process have recently been killed, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman has told TOLOnews to illustrate the reach of those opposed to a government-Taliban peace deal. "Over the past month, a number of Taliban who were wanting to join the peace process and had maintained relations with the Afghan governm ...

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China’s new premier seeks “new type” of ties with U.S.

Beijing - New Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Sunday to work with U.S. President Barack Obama to forge "a new type of relationship" for the sake of peace in the Asia-Pacific region, and said the war of words about cyber-hacking must end. Li did not specifically mention the U.S. military "pivot" towards Asia which has concerned China nor Beijing's territorial spats with its neighbors, stressing instead ...

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Talking of the Hard Times

Scenes of poverty, in whichever shape it maybe, always leave a permanent and rather moving imprint on a person's mind. It is the reason why, in all the philosophies and thoughts, it has been pointed out as one of the biggest problems of the world. It can hardly be called a house as it doesn't have the necessary objects to qualify it as a house. Its darkness, its emptiness and its narrowness make one feel re ...

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Upcoming Elections and the Challenges Ahead

As we are getting closer to the 2014 presidential election, the election body is running out of time in preparations for holding a fraud-free election. There are many challenges ahead of the election agencies which threaten the process for a sound and fair presidential election. Among them, delay in passing the election law, voter cards/electronic IDs distribution, setting up poll centers in insecure areas ...

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Spanish troops begin withdrawal from Badghis

KABUL - Spanish troops have started withdrawing from Qala-i-Naw, the capital of northwestern Badghis province, to their main base in western Herat near the Iranian border, moving equipment and vehicles, the country's defence ministry said on Friday. "Bringing forward the date originally planned, the Spanish contingent in Afghanistan, Aspfor XXXII, has begun moving materiel to the base maintained by Spain in ...

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Roshan to Rollout 3G and Bring High Speed Data Services to the Country

Roshan, today announced it has secured funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to support the rollout of the company’s 3G and high speed data services throughout the country. IFC will provide Roshan debt financing for the amount of $65 million.  This most recent injection of capital from IFC will enable Roshan to continue to expand its infrastructure and p ...

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Naderi: Government Not Doing Enough to Reduce Violence against Women

Despite of many entities working for women rights and the ‘violence elimination act’ passed in 2009 to reduce violence against women in the community, there have not been satisfactory results reported. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Afghan parliamentarian and women activist, on Friday criticized the government for not giving higher priority for implementation of violence against women act. “President Karzai rarely ...

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Delay in Law Approval to Hurt Poll Process: IEC

KABUL: Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Saturday urged parliament to approve an amended electoral law as soon as possible because any delay would negatively affect the poll process. He told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview the commission would not allow the workers who had public complaints against them in the previous polls to perform election duty in the 2014 pr ...

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Afghan-India trade to boost stability

WASHINGTON -India's ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, said on Friday that overland trade from Afghanistan to her country via Pakistan would be a boon to regional stability, insisting New Delhi wanted closer trade ties with Islamabad, despite a spike in tensions. "Afghanistan is a trade hub of Asia, the heart of Asia and the connective tissue between South and Central Asia," Rao told a Washington audience. ...

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