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Being Aware of the Fire!

The scene was too much frightening and painful. The van had come out of the road and fallen into a small ditch beside the road. The vehicle was badly destroyed by the bullets and it looked as the attackers had full time and freedom to keep firing the bullets until they got tired of it. The stone-hearted attackers had left the spot and now the frightened people had started gathering there. Then the blood-soa ...

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Afghanistan Peace Deal: Taliban Talks Hit Deadlock

By Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul and Julian Borger Western hopes of leaving Afghanistan within reach of a peace deal when Nato troops pull out in 2014 are dimming, with planned negotiations in Qatar at a stalemate and Pakistan cutting back on support for talks. Afghans and foreigners across the political spectrum have been pushing hard for negotiations for several years, driven by concerns that the already- ...

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Chelsea Striker Wants to Sign for European Club this Summer

Romelu Lukaku wants to go out on loan next season – but it is unlikely to be West Brom. The Belgian wonder kid, 19, has scored 13 times in just 15 starts for the Baggies on his season-long arrangement from Chelsea. But he is understood to want to play in European competition to enhance his claim for a starting berth at the 2014 World Cup with Belgium. West Brom’s poor form in the second half of the season h ...

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The Shocking Farah Assault

The well-coordinated assault by Taliban militants in Farah province highlighted the deteriorating situation of security once more and the fact that there is long way ahead for the country to overcome insurgency. According to news reports, more than 50 people, including civilians, security forces and the attackers were killed in the attack on the courthouse that lasted for nine hours. Farah assault is the la ...

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Television link to behaviour problems in young children

Young children who watch television for three or more hours per day are more likely to steal and get into fights, according to a new study. The fifteen per cent of five-year-olds who spend at least three hours in front of the television each day are at a slightly higher risk of anti-social behaviour by the age of seven, Glasgow University researchers found. In contrast there was no noticeable impact of comp ...

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North Korea Pressures South by Halting Entry to Industrial Zone

Pyongyang - North Korea closed access to a joint factory zone with South Korea on Wednesday, officials said, putting at risk $2 billion a year in trade that is vital for an impoverished state with a huge army, nuclear ambitions and a hungry population. The move marked an escalation in North Korea's months-long standoff with South Korea and its ally Washington. On Tuesday, Pyongyang said it would restart a m ...

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US is Winning in Afghanistan: Dunford

In an interview with CBS, General Joseph Dunford, the top US and Isaf Commander in Afghanistan, stressed on the presence of the US forces after 2014, however he has yet to talk with the US President, marking out that he sees US winning the Afghanistan war. General Dunford said he is to meet with President Barack Obama soon to discuss the number of US forces staying in Afghanistan after the year 2014, of whi ...

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NDS Chief Returns Home from Treatment in US

KABUL - Afghanistan’s spymaster Asadullah Khalid returned to Kabul from four months of medical treatment in the United States on Wednesday, the intelligence service said. Khalid was seriously wounded in a suicide attack on Dec.6, when a bomber -- posing as a Taliban peace emissary -- blew himself up inside an National Directorate of Security (NDS) guesthouse in the Taimani neighborhood of Kabul. He had been ...

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12 Dead in Farah Court Attack

FARAH - A dozen people were killed and 86 others wounded in a well-coordinated insurgent assault on a crowded court in western Farah province on Wednesday, officials said. Five of the assailants were killed as of 4pm, while a sixth was still putting up resistance, one official said. Seventy-one civilians, 13 policemen and soldiers, two judges and one prisoner are among the injured. But Farah Civil Hospital ...

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Stepped-Up Demining Drive Underlined

KABUL - On the eve of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Afghans called for effective measures to prevent the deaths and injuries caused by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the country. At a gathering in Kabul, officials said under the Ottawa Convention, the demining campaign had to be led by the Afghan government. In a message, President Karzai said marking th ...

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Afghan Court Sentences 7 to Death

Kabul- Kabul primary court on Wednesday has sentenced 7 people to death. The court officials said 7 out of a group of 13 people who were accused of murder, robbery and rape, were sentenced to death. Five others were sentenced from 16 to 20 years prison. According to the court officials, all 13 were working in a private production company where they were planning their actions. “According to the 15th article ...

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New Mobile Apps Could Pose Threat for Facebook

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has publicly called Facebook a "mobile company'' to emphasize the company's priorities. Last year, he splashed $1 billion for photo-sharing app Instagram, which has remained red hot, while Facebook also launched its own Messenger app, offering a suite of smartphone communication tools. Still, Facebook has also been forced to play defense. Earlier this year, the company cut of ...

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A Way to Turn Back!

By: Mahmood Hassan Quraishi. I don’t remember very precisely but it was either shown in an English movie or was mentioned in a story that there lived a tribe that believed in the practice of very noble and dignified methods of living. Even when they fought with each other, they never let their honor or dignity crushed. They tried all their best to avoid any kind of conflict but when it became inevitable, th ...

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An Eternal Return in Afghanistan

By Vanni Cappelli Afghan President Hamid Karzai's asserted this month that the United States and the Taliban are working in an opposed but complementary manner to destabilize his country and “prolong the presence of the American forces,” each for their own ends. These controversial words are not just another passing furor in America's longest war. The remarks feed into a growing narrative that views Afghani ...

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Urgency of Approving the Election Law

As there is no sign of progress on adoption of the elections law, there are concerns for transparency and legitimacy of the presidential election in 2014. The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday urged the parliament to swiftly adopt the law and ensure free and transparent elections due to be held next year. The election-monitoring body Chief Jandad Spinghar insisted timely app ...

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North Korea ‘Crisis Gone too far’ Says UN’s Ban Ki-Moon

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the North Korea "crisis has gone too far" after Pyongyang announced plans to restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex. Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Andorra, Mr Ban called for urgent talks with the North. The move by Pyongyang is the latest in a series of measures in the wake of its third nuclear test in February. North Korea has been angered by th ...

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Mullah Omar Can Run for Presidency: Karzai

KABUL - Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar could contest the presidential elections, due in 2014, President Hamid Karzai told A German newspaper on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, the president acknowledged in an interview with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung “sporadic contacts” between his government and the Taliban. Under the Afghan constitution, all Afghans could take part in the electi ...

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FEFA Seeks Early Approval of Election Law

KABUL - The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday asked the Wolesi Jirga to act fast on amendments to laws on polls and structure, duties and powers of poll panels. The lower house of parliament is expected to discuss the amended electoral law during its next week's session. Last year, the assembly passed a law on the structure, duties and powers of the election commission and t ...

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Afghan Spy Chief Recovers from Injuries, Returns to Afghanistan

Kabul - Afghan spy chief, head of the national directorate for security (NDS) Asadullah Khalid returned back to Afghanistan on Tuesday. Asadullah Khalid was injured following a suicide bomb blast in capital Kabul after a suicide bomber who introduced himself as the Taliban peace envoy detonated his explosives while meeting him in one of his guesthouses on December 6 last year. He was taken to intelligence h ...

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Mikel Arteta: Days away from Football Helped Arsenal to Refocus

Mikel Arteta believes that the time spent away from Arsenal during the international break allowed him and his team-mates to regroup and refocus ahead of the Premier League run-in. The Arsenal players not away with their national teams were given a few days off by Arsène Wenger ahead of Saturday's 4-1 win over Reading. And the Spanish midfielder, who scored from the penalty spot on Saturday, believes that t ...

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