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Opec Warns Oil Demand may Fall Short of Forecasts

LONDON — World oil demand growth could fall short of forecasts in 2013 due to economic weakness, and US supply will hit its highest in three decades, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) said on Tuesday, curbing the need for oil from the 12-member producer group. Opec’s monthly report left its forecast for growth in global oil consumption unchanged for now, still expecting an expansion o ...

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Goodbye IT, Hello Digital Business

It's not about information technology anymore. It's about digital business. The new description is a testament to IT's advancement from a back-office, support-the-business role into a developer of products and apps that customers use directly. It's also a reflection of the central role of data analytics in letting companies see and anticipate customer tastes more quickly than ever before. This digital busin ...

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Stings of the Past!

A man was living in a flat which was owned by a rich and old lady. She used to live all alone and had no one in the world. Although she was alone and was mostly ill, she was always found to be smiling. She never let herself being disappointed by any problem of the world. His tenant was a young and energetic man who was trying all his best to make up his future. Just like any other man of his age and situati ...

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Kabul-Washington Relations: Defiance and Tensions

Once again, President Hamid Karzai asserted on his position critical to the US, repeating the controversial comments on the handover of the Bagram prison and secret negotiations between the Taliban and the United States. During a visit to the southern Helmand Province, the President warned if the Bagram Prison was not completely transferred to the Afghan government, the Afghans would themselves consider a s ...

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South Korea Warns North on Armistice Threat

Pyongyang - South Korea says North Korea cannot scrap the armistice that ended the Korean War and called on Pyongyang to tone down its rhetoric. A unilateral move to end the pact was not legally possible, it said. As well as the armistice threat North Korea has in recent days also cut off a hotline and vowed to end non-aggressions pacts with Seoul. It says it is responding to US-South Korea military drills ...

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US Committed to Full Transfer of Bagram Jail

WASHINGTON - The US continued to work with Afghanistan on the transfer of a key detention centre and its detainees at the Bagram Airfield north of Kabul to the Afghans, the White House said on Monday. The US military two days ago delayed the transfer ahead of a planned handover ceremony, but provided no reason for the move. Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference that the US c ...

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Karzai Arrives in Lashkargah

LAGHKARGAH - President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by some Cabinet ministers and lawmakers, arrived in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Tuesday, an official said. The president reached the city at 11:30am, the official said, adding he planned to meet local officials and representatives of women's rights groups and youth organisations before addressing a gathering of tribal elders and t ...

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Mission on Track in Afghanistan: Obama Aide

WASHINGTON - A top Obama aide on Monday asserted the United States was on track to complete its mission in Afghanistan and achieve its two goals -- defeating Al Qaeda and preventing the country from becoming a terrorist safe haven again.  “We have two goals in Afghanistan.  The first goal is the defeat of Al Qaida and the second to ensure that Afghanistan not become in the future the kind of safe haven that ...

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Hagel Finds Afghan Visit “Extremely Informative”

KABUL - US defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who left Afghanistan on Monday, found his first trip to the country as Pentagon chief to be extremely informative, a senior US Defense Department official has said. “He had deep dives with military commanders at all levels and had frank exchanges with Afghan officials,” the official traveling with Hagel on Monday said in a statement issued to reporters. He stressed ...

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Bamiyanis Remember Giant Buddha tatues

Bamiyan’s civil society are planning to stay a night with Buddha’s for remembering that tragic moment which Taliban was destroying Buddha’s. They named this night “a night with Buddha”. For centuries, the famous Bamiyan Buddhas stood in the Bamiyan Valley in current day Afghanistan. Not only were they the two largest Buddha statues ever created, they were also categorized by UNESCO as being a World Heritage ...

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United finish with aplomb early on but Chelsea recover to finish with parity

For a long time it had looked as though this could be added to the list of indignities facing Rafael Benítez. It is not often the chants of "sacked in the morning" emanate from both sets of supporters and, at 2-0, this was shaping up to be another bruising experience for the most famous interim manager in the business. What followed can be partly attributed to the sapping effects of Manchester United's defe ...

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The Evolving UN-Taliban Negotiations

UN officials say they believe that the Taliban are willing to have dialogue on human rights issues. Neelab Mubarez, a spokesman of the UNAMA in Kabul said that the Taliban signaled positively on UN call to talk on human rights and preventing civilian casualties. The Taliban are accused of violating human rights and the principles of international laws. Previously, a UN report on civilian casualties in Afgha ...

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Women, the future of Afghanistan

By: Vygaudas Usackas Every year on March 8 we observe international women’s day. It is wonderful to see that in over 100 years since women’s day was first observed in 1909, immense progress has been made in furthering the plight of girls and women. Yet, today is also a reminder about the many injustices against women that still prevail in societies. Violence and abuse against women is one of the most promin ...

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Researchers in the Netherlands have used electron tomography to obtain images of nanocrystal superlattices. This new use of an established imaging technique looks set to provide researchers with important 3D structural information about these technologically important materials. Often called artificial solids, nanocrystal superlattices can be engineered to have a range of electronic, photonic and other desi ...

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South Korea, Us Begin Drills as North Korea Threatens War

Seoul - North and South Korea staged dueling war games Monday as threatening rhetoric from the rivals rose to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010. Enraged over the South's joint military drills with the United States and recent U.N. sanctions, Pyongyang has piled threat on top of threat, including vows to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. and to scr ...

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UNAMA Condemns Attacks Killing Afghan Civilians

KABUL - The UN political mission in Afghanistan on Monday condemned two recent suicide attacks that killed 19 civilians, including nine children, and wounded another 31 people. In a statement, the UNAMA renewed its call for all anti-government elements to stop the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks against civilians or in public locations frequented primarily by civilians. “In particula ...

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No Back-Channel Talks With Taliban: Hagel

KABUL - US defence secretary Chuck Hagel, who met President Hamid Karzai for discussions and dinner at the Presidential Palace late Sunday, said he tried to reassure Karzai that his country had no unilateral back-channel talks with the Taliban. Karzai has suggested the US and the Taliban were conspiring to keep the level of violence high to ensure the continued presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan beyo ...

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Casualties as US troops, local police clash in Jalrez

KABUL - A clash erupted between Afghan Local Police (ALP) members and US troops in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province following an insider attack, with both sides suffering casualties, officials said on Monday. An Afghan security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US special forces and the local policemen were conducting a joint operation in the district when a policem ...

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Ghazni Journalists Form Association

GHAZNI - Journalists representing 35 media outlets on Monday formed an association they named "Media Centre” and elected the representative body's office bearers in southern Ghazni province. BBC reporter Asadullah Jalalzai was elected as the association chairman, Bost-i-Bastan reporter Mohammad Hussain Rahimi as deputy chairman, Jamhoor News Agency reporter Sayed Wahdat Abdali as  secretary and Bakhtar News ...

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Mps Elect Second Vice Speaker, Fail to Elect First

Kabul - Afghan lawmakers have elected the second vice speaker of the lower house, but failed for a third day in a row to elect a first vice speaker. In Monday's polling for parliament's new administrative board, the vote for first vice speaker was between Abdul Hafiz Mansour and Obaidullah Klimzai. The process started about 9:00am and continued until 1:00pm, but neither candidate received sufficient votes. ...

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