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Afghanistan Jumps 48 Places in FIFA Rankings

Afghanistan has jumped 48 places in the international football federation's (FIFA) world rankings – the biggest mover in the latest edition of the rankings – boosted by its success in the qualifiers for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup. The Afghan national team climbed to the 141 position from the 189 spot after qualifying for the 2014 Challenge Cup to be played in the Maldives next year. ...

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NATO Withdrawal and the Future of Afghanistan

The NATO-led Spanish forces will soon withdraw from Badghis province as part of withdrawal process which is aimed to complete by 2014. The Spanish Defense Ministry announced that a part of military forces of the country, operating in Afghanistan under command of the NATO, will be stationed at their main base in western Herat province. Withdrawal of the Italian forces is a part of complete withdrawal of NATO ...

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WB Committed For Cooperation On The Basis of Afghan Govt. Priorities

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai met with Jim Yank Kim Chairman of World Bank the other day.At the meeting Jim Yank Kim said that the World Bank is strongly committed for cooperation with the people of Afghanistan in acceleration of growth and poverty reduction in the long-term. We support the priority programs of the government of Afghanistan for education, health, water supply, energy, infrastructure and ru ...

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Vodafone rejects Yahoo ban on home working

Perhaps Marissa Mayer was not expecting to make such huge waves in the business world when she banned Yahoo employees from home working, but the debate has become a global one, and now Vodafone has weighed in. It says that freeing up desk space and reducing overhead costs when workers aren't around could save £34bn a year. It came to its conclusion by surveying 500 'decision makers' in businesses across the ...

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U.S. to Bolster Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea Threat: Hagel

Washington   - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster U.S. missile defenses in response to "irresponsible and reckless provocations" by North Korea, which threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States last week. Hagel said the Pentagon would add 14 new anti-missile interceptors at Fort Greely in Alaska - an effective reversal of an early Obama administration de ...

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We are to defend!

The story is old and is still continuing. When the electricity was invented and lit up the houses and streets, West proudly presented it as a triumph of their modern education and research. Excluding the silent minority, our narrow-minded scholars termed it a tool of evil to distract the believers of the true path and to snatch their faith. Later on, it was found that it had nothing to do with any religion ...

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Taliban Face a Capable Afghan Force: ISAF

WASHINGTON: A top ISAF commander in Afghanistan has said the Taliban and other terrorists in the country now faced a very capable Afghan security forces (ANSF) who he said were better equipped and trained than ever before. "This enemy (the Taliban) is challenged with numerous senior leaders fractures, poor financial support, and now faces not only a very capable ANSF, but we have a growing number of Afghan ...

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Massive Truck-Borne Bomb Defused in Kabul: NDS

KABUL - The spy service on Friday said a truck-borne bomb weighing eight tonnes -- the largest-ever seen in Afghanistan -- has been defused, thwarting  a massive terror attack that could have destroyed an area around 1.5 kilometres (in radius). National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri told reporters in Kabul that five suicide bombers riding the vehicle were killed and two others w ...

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Karzai’s Comments Aim to “Correct” Ties with US

KABUL: As the top US commander in Afghanistan warned western troops to be on high alert following a string of President Hamid Karzai anti-American rhetoric, the Karzai office on Thursday clarified his remarks were aimed to "correct" rather than damage relations with the US. "The president called the United States a friend and strategic partner of Afghanistan and said his recent comments... had been to corre ...

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Spurs Goalkeeper Brad Friedel: I Live with Racism Ever Day – It’s Disgusting

Brad Friedel thinks the authorities face a long and hard battle in their bid to stamp out racism in football after the problem reared its ugly head during Tottenham's defeat to Inter Milan last night. Emmanuel Adebayor scored in extra-time to send Tottenham through on away goals, but his evening was overshadowed by the racist behaviour of a pocket of Inter fans. Some Nerazzurri supporters monkey chanted whe ...

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Health Benefits of Hiking

Countless studies and research have consistently shown that regular exercise not only improves our overall health and fitness, but lengthens and improves the quality of our lives. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, and decreases the risk for colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones ...

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Pope Urges Leaders of Crisis-Hit Church Not to be Discouraged

Vatican - Pope Francis on Friday urged leaders of a Roman Catholic Church riven by scandal and crisis never to give in to discouragement and bitterness but to keep their eyes on their true mission. "Let us never give in to the pessimism, to that bitterness, that the devil places before us every day. Let us not give into pessimism and discouragement," he told cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel to greet ...

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Foiling Kabul Terror Plot a Great Success

The National Directorate for Security (NDS) officials on Friday said a truck-load of eight tons of explosives had been defused in an operation against would-be bombers in eastern Kabul on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri told reporters in Kabul that if the massive plot had been successful, it could have destroyed an area aroun ...

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Bagram Handover to Happen Next Week: Karzai

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said that the government will take control of Bagram prison from the US next week - the third time in less than a week that he has named a new deadline. Karzai said in a speech in southern Helmand province yesterday that the handover will happen next week on Saturday or Sunday. On Sunday he had said it would happen this week. And last Wednesday he said it would happ ...

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Spy Agencies More Pessimistic on Afghan War

Washington - After 12 long years of war in Afghanistan the best US intelligence can say is that a reslient Taliban is “diminished in some areas,” spy agencies said Tuesday in a notably pessimistic report. The US military habitually issues positive assessments of its progress in pushing back the Taliban and building up Afghan forces, but an annual report to Congress from the intelligence community was downbe ...

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Taliban Leader, 12 Insurgents Join Kunar Peace Process

Kabul - About 13 Taliban insurgents including their commander surrendered their weapons in eastern Kunar province Wednesday and joined the government peace and reconciliation programme, local officials said. Provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahid said that 13 fighters including their commander Nur Gul formally renounced their Taliban ties today as they handed their weapons over to the government. "The me ...

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On-Track Transition Needs Teamwork: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Tuesday said the US and Afghanistan were required to work together to keep the transition process on track, taking a strong issue with the notion that the Americans were somehow colluding with the Taliban. "The important thing in our relationship with Afghanistan is to work together. We do have common cause and we need to work hand in hand to make sure the transition stays on tr ...

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Afghan Economy to Slow Down after 2014: DNI Chief

WASHINGTON - The economy of Afghanistan is likely to slow down after 2014, when most of foreign combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from the country, a senior US intelligence official said on Tuesday. Providing an intelligence assessment of the global threat scenario in an unclassified setting, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James R Clapper, said that in his assessment the Taliban-led insu ...

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The Increasing Security Challenges

Amid tensions between President Karzai and the United States, suicide attacks and bombings are increasingly targeting government institutions and high-profile officials and influential figures across the country. According to the reports, father and brother of Wolesi Jirga’s Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi were killed in a suicide attack in northern Kunduz Province. The attack also another four people during a ...

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Barcelona Want Jackson Martinez, Claims Agent

The Catalans are just one of a number of teams keeping tabs on the striker, including an "important" Madrid club, following his fine displays this season Jackson Martinez's Italian representative, Giovanni Fiore, has claimed Barcelona are interested in signing the Porto striker. The Colombia international has been in fine form since joining Porto from Jaguares at the start of the 2012-13 campaign, and his g ...

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