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US, Taliban talk daily in Qatar: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said senior US and Taliban leaders have resumed their negotiations suspended a year ago in Qatar. Speaking at a gathering marking the international women's day in Kabul, Karzai said the talks held on a daily basis in the Gulf Arab state. But the Taliban rejected his claim, saying the talks had not been resumed and there had been no progress since the contracts were s ...

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Hagel confident to reach pact on Wardak deadline

JALALABAD - Ahead of his talks with President Hamid Karzai, the visiting US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said he was confident to reach an agreement with Afghan leaders who ordered US Special Forces to leave central Maidan Wardak province by Monday. Hagel, who arrived in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province,  late on Saturday told reporters at the Jalalabad airfield that he felt confide ...

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Election Law Should Be Parliament’s Priority: Political Leaders

Kabul - As Parliament returned from its winter break, political parties demanded Saturday that it put the approval of the election law and the independent commission law at the top of its agenda. Only 13 months out from a crucial presidential election, the political leaders said any further delay will only further weaken the political process. The head of the National Front is concerned that the government ...

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US military removes data on Afghanistan drone strikes

Washington - U.S. military on Sunday announced it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries. According to a statement released by US Central Command, the data had been removed because it was “disproportionately focused” on the use of weapons by the remotely piloted aircraft as it was published only when strikes were carried out – wh ...

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New anti-polio drive begins in east

JALALABAD - A fresh anti-polio vaccination campaign, targeting 860,000 children below five years, began in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, an official  said. Under the immunisation drive, the first in 2013, children in eastern Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces would be administered polio drops, Nangarhar public health director Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said no posit ...

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Ryan Giggs: Nani Red Card against Real Madrid was the Biggest Shock of my Career

Ryan Giggs has described Nani's controversial red card in Manchester United's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid as 'the biggest shock of his career'. Giggs, 39, who was playing in his 1000th career match, admits he was left stunned when the referee gave the Portuguese winger his marching orders for a mid-air challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa midway through the second-half of Real's 2-1 win at Old Trafford. ' ...

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Afghan Peace Efforts: Tensions between Kabul and Washington

In a major address about the state of the Afghan women, President Karzai said there were ‘daily negotiations’ going on between the Taliban and the United States. The president also condemned yesterday’s Taliban attacks, accusing the Taliban of working in concert with the US to convince the people that Afghanistan will need presence of foreign forces After the US-led NATO forces leave the country by 2014. In ...

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Parliament’s Board Vote: A Cycle of Failure

Days after the representatives of the Lower House of the parliament started the next year of legislature, the lawmakers are struggling to select new administrative board for the house. According to the reports, in the second day of the voting the Wolesi Jirga, all the candidates failed to secure a clear win except Irfanullah Irfan a Kabul representative. In past two days, about a dozen of the MPs have compe ...

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Send a text message to charge your cellphone

People living off-grid can now pay for electricity to power their phones simply by sending a text message – the cheapest method found so far AT THE Konokoyi coffee cooperative on the edge of Uganda's Mount Elgon national park, Juliet Nandutu is trying out a new toy: a solar-powered cellphone charging station that is activated by text message. She is offering the service to her village. "I charge 18 phones a ...

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Egypt Not in Talks with IMF for Emergency Loan, Minister Says

Egypt is “not in need” of an emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund and is instead focusing its efforts on completing a $4.8 billion loan agreement with the lender, the country’s planning minister said. “Egypt wants to implement the fiscal and economic reform program as we have a number of structural problems,” Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf el-Arab said in Cairo today. ...

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Venezuela Announces Post-Chavez Election Date

A presidential election to replace late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will be held on 14 April, the country's electoral commission has said. The announcement follows the appointment of Mr. Chavez's favored successor, Nicolas Maduro, as acting president. Hugo Chavez died on 5 March after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Maduro will run as the governing party candidate with Henrique Capriles expected to stand f ...

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Transfer of Us Prison to Afghans Delayed Again

Kabul - The long-awaited transfer of the U.S. detention center in Afghanistan was delayed once again Saturday as a deal struck between the two governments broke down the day before a planned handover ceremony. The delay suggests that the two sides have yet to resolve thorny issues such as whether Afghans can be held without trial and whether the U.S. will have the power to block the release of detainees it ...

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President Karzai Seeks Citizens’ Participation in Making Afghanistan Green

Kabul - Ahead of the arrival of the new spring season, President Hamid Karzai asked citizens to focus on the growth of vegetables, orchards, forests and agricultural lands. He urged the citizens and farmers to make more efforts in keeping Afghanistan green by planting and preserving plants. “This year God blessed us with plenty of rain and snow, and I am hopeful to see a beautiful spring. I expect our farme ...

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Parliamentary Board Vote: No Candidate Elected

KABUL - Lawmakers Haji Zahir Qadir and Mirwais Yasini on Saturday failed to receive 50 percent of the vote necessary for election as first vice-chairman of the parliamentary board. Yasini obtained 99 votes and Qadir 90 from the present 221 house members, falling short of the required 111 mark, 50 percent. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the votes cast included eight blank and 23 invalid and that outspoken ...

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The Disagreements over Prison Handover

A planned program for handing over of the Bagram prison from US control to Afghan government has been cancelled. US officials has said that the plan was cancelled because the agreements between the government of Afghanistan and the US has not been finalized. The delay occurs when the US defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the new US defense chief who is going to oversee the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, is vis ...

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Afghanistan and the International Women’s Day

Afghanistan marked the occasion of International Women’s Day with special events organized by government institutions and other organizations. Each year, this day a chance to glance at our past and the achievements we have made for restoring the rights and dignity of our mothers, wives and daughters. Hopefully, Afghanistan has reached a point that marking these events reflects the potential of the society f ...

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International Women’s Day: The Status of Afghan Women

Along with other members of the international community, Afghanistan is celebrating the auspicious International Women’s Day with special events and ceremonies. This day is much more important for Afghanistan as the Afghan women are battling for their rights along with the government and other progressive groups of the society. Human rights organizations and women activists bear the brunt the campaign again ...

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President Karzai’s Realistic Approach

President Hamid Karzai discussed a wide variety of national issues on Wednesday in a major address in a joint session of the Parliament. Generally, we witnessed a more realistic approach from the president in his speech regarding to most critical issues such as the 2014 election, peace negotiations and Pakistan’s role and rights of the people. In his speech, the president tried to respond to the main concer ...

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Trail of Fraud and Vengeance Leads to Kabul Bank Convictions

If Kabul Bank’s founder, Sherkhan Farnood, had not decided on a summer day three years ago that revenge was worth self-incrimination, he might never have seen the inside of a courtroom. But the halting and often obstructed investigation he helped fuel that day culminated on Tuesday with the first convictions in the Kabul Bank fraud scandal, a spectacular implosion of corruption that has undermined the credi ...

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Afghanistan to Have Transparent Elections: President Karzai

KABUL -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday assured his countrymen of having free and fair presidential elections scheduled for April 5, 2014. Inaugurating the third legislative year of Afghan parliament, the president pointed out,"I am in favor of holding free and fair elections and believe that fair and transparent elections certainly take the country towards durable peace and stability". H ...

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