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Fake Afghani Currency on the Rise

KABUL: Afghan bank officials warned that fake money is increasing in Afghanistan, which is likely to cause more problems for the economy. Some Kabul residents and bankers told TOLOnews that the increase of fake Afghani currency is noticeable and will create transaction problems. Most of the fake notes are 500 and 1000 Afs that are usually mixed in with original notes, making it more difficult to identify. " ...

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Ministers Claim Spending Over 50pc of Funds

KABUL - Four ministers on Monday appeared before the Wolesi Jirga, lower of parliament, insisting they had utilised more than half of development funds allocated to them in the 2011 annual budget. Lawmakers accuse 11 ministers of failing to spend 50 percent of allocations meant for development activities in 2011. They summoned the ministers last year to explain their positions, but only seven of them turned ...

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Departing British find reasons for optimism in Afghanistan

By Nick Hopkins The Royal Marines don't intend to make a fuss when they leave Afghanistan in the next few days; there will be a low-key ceremony at their headquarters in Helmand, and a lowering of the white ensign that has flown at their camp since last September. But the veterans among them will pause for reflection. After six tours in 12 years, and the deaths of 62 commandos in some of the fiercest fighti ...

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The Increasing Tensions in Pak-Afghan Ties

The developments related to relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan is indicating that the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries is increasingly straining. According to National Directorate for Security (NDS) officials, a bomb plot to blow up Salma Dam was planned in Quetta city of Baluchistan with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence agency. In another case, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign ...

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N.Korea’s Parliament Meets amid Nuclear Tension

Pyongyang - After weeks of warlike rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong UN gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session that followed a ruling party declaration that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy were the nation's top priorities. The meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including vows of nuclear strikes on South Korea ...

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South Korea Vows Fast Response to North; U.S. Deploys Stealth Jets

Seoul - South Korea will strike back quickly if the North stages any attack on its territory, the new president in Seoul warned on Monday, as tensions ratcheted higher on the Korean peninsula amid shrill rhetoric from Pyongyang and the U.S. deployment of radar-evading fighter planes. North Korea says the region is on the brink of a nuclear war in the wake of United Nations sanctions imposed for its February ...

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Pakistan Army Chief Urges ISAF to Check Attacks from Afghan Soil

Islamabad - Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Monday urged the top commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan to help Pakistan check cross-border attacks launched from inside Afghanistan, the military said. General Kayani and General Joseph F. Dunford, Commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), met in the garrison city of Rawalpindi and discussed a variety of issues r ...

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No Crisis after 2014: Ghani

PUL-I-ALAM - Security Transition Commission head Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday said anyone gambling over the fate of Afghanistan would not be succeed in their nefarious designs. During a visit to central Logar province, the ex-finance minister said some countries, organisations and parties believed Afghanistan would plunge in a crisis after 2014, but they were mistaken. “Anyone gambling over Afghanistan’s ...

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Report on high attrition rates in ANSF denied

KABUL - Afghanistan on Monday rejected a British media report that up to 5,000 of recruits were leaving the newly created Afghan police and armed forces every month. For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the army, at least three are lost because they have been sacked, captured or killed in action, The Independent reported. Current attrition rates threatened the long-term effectiveness of local forces that ...

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Violence up against Daikundi women

BAMYAN - The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Monday raised concerns at growing violence against women by irresponsible armed groups in central Daikundi province. Mohammad Jawad Dadgar, AIHRC provincial head, said his office had recorded 126 cases of violence against women last year, compared with 60 in 2011. The cases include suicide, murder, divorce and beatings. He told Pajhwok ...

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Disabled Protest in Front of Karzai Office

KABUL - The special People on Monday staged a protest in front of the Presidential Palace in Kabul, seeking their rights land plots. More than 200 physicall challenged individuals marched from Deh Afghanan area and gathered near the Zambaq Square in front of President Hamid Karzai’s office. While chanting slogans against the government, the protestors alleged they had been deprived of their rights and were ...

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