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The Disappointing Process of Peace in Afghanistan

By Mohammad Yasin Sultani During past years, many conferences and trust-building forums have been periodically held in Kabul or abroad for bringing peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. High level Meetings have been repeatedly hosted in many capitals. The High Peace Council, with branches all across the country, was formed. A remarkable amount of the national budget has been allocated regarding facilitat ...

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Management of Natural Disasters

Dozens of people were killed in two different incidents in the country – the earthquake in the east and the floods in the North. According to the officials, the 5.7 magnitude quake in the eastern cities of the country on Wednesday killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 80 others. Most of the casualties have occurred in Nangarhar and Kunar province, reports said. In another incident in the Northern ...

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We Have to Learn From Past: Ušackas

BRUSSELS - European Union Special Representative Vygaudas Ušackas on Wednesday noted positive changes in Afghanistan, saying at least 65 percent of the population had access to basic health care from a mere nine percent in 2002. Significant measures had been taken to tackle widespread illiteracy and Afghanistan had a huge potential through economic development, he said during a European Parliament debate in ...

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U.S. Seeks To Ease Afghan-Pakistan Tensions in Brussels Talks

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Pakistan's army chief and foreign minister in talks on Wednesday hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at easing tension between the neighbors before the end of NATO's Afghanistan combat mission. Afghanistan has grown increasingly frustrated with Pakistan over efforts to pursue a peace process involving the Taliban, suggesting that Islamabad is intent o ...

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Karzai Backs Clerics’ Demand for Media Crackdown

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed with a call from the country's conservative religious council for a crackdown on television stations, calling some of their programs "immoral and un-Islamic", officials said on Tuesday. The decision by Karzai may alarm some of Afghanistan's international backers, who have invested heavily through 12 years of war in promoting liberal values and freedom of expr ...

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Wolesi Jirga Again Summons Patang

KABUL - Summoning Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang for Monday, lower house members on Wednesday declared they would not visit the ministry for a month in protest against his recent remarks. On Sunday, Patang told the National Security Council (NSC) he had been summoned 32 times by the Wolesi Jirga and 14 times by the Meshrano Jirga during the past year. Over the last four months, the minister said, MPs had ...

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NATO, Russia Agree to Continue Financial, Technical Support to Afghanistan

KABUL - Washinton, Moscow and NATO agreed to continue on air support process of Afghanistan with the technical cooperation of Russia and financial support of NATO. Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Defence calls the agreement of Russia and NATO important in terms of financing and repairing of Afghanistan air force planes and added that it would at least remove part of the challenges ahead of his forces. Afg ...

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Park and Lewis to resume rivalry

Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are set to resume their battle for the world number one ranking at this week's North Texas LPGA Shootout. Lewis ended Yani Tseng's 109-week reign at the top last month after consecutive wins at the HSBC Women's Champions and the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, but held on to the position for only a few weeks before Park took over thanks to a victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championsh ...

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Google Maps Find History, Old Maps, Pinball Joints, Ships and Planes

There's always a fascinating world to explore using the technology of Google Maps and the creativity of Websites. Google Maps can take Website visitors to amazing places for adventures and exploration or to see beautiful places and cool possibilities around the world. And it's all done using the magic of the Google Maps API, which allows Website builders to bring "life" to maps and give them new uses, meani ...

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Prank and File: These Military Reports Are Out of Line

By Dion Nissenbaum When Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's office got word that the Pentagon was offering veterans' benefits to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, staffers sprang into action. The influential Kentucky lawmaker's aides fired off a letter to the Pentagon, demanding answers. The senator got one, but probably not the response he was expecting. The Defense Department doesn't offer military bene ...

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Why Germany Is Staying in Afghanistan

By Ron Fraser The liberal German periodical Spiegel headlined an item in its Friday edition, “Germany Commits Troops for Post-2014 Mission.” This should come as no surprise to our subscribers. We have long maintained that Germany would retain a military presence in Afghanistan as a counter to Iranian influence in the region. According to Spiegel, the retention of up to 800 Bundeswehr personnel in Afghanista ...

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The Crucial Summits in Brussels

Afghan and Pakistani officials are attending a crucial meeting of Foreign ministers of NATO member countries in Brussels. During a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) in Brussels on Tuesday, NATO and Moscow vowed more support for Afghan Air Force. Andres Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO alliance, said: “Today we launched the second phase of the NATO-Russia Trust Fund for the maintenance of ...

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U.S. Rejects North Korean Demand for Nuclear Status

Washington - North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable". After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South ...

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Karzai Goes to Brussels for Kabul-Islamabad-Washington Talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai left Kabul to Brussels Tuesday to attend trilateral conference among Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States, in which the countries are said to discuss matters such as peace talks and recent border issues between the neighbouring countries."Prominent issues between the two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan), peace talks, recent problems of founding security gates by Pak ...

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Pakistan Will Never Change Policies against Afghanistan: Karimi

Islamabad -     Accusing Pakistan of founding a puppet state in his country, Afghan Chief of Army Staff said Tuesday that the neighbouring country would never change its policy towards Afghanistan. "Pakistan will never forbear its political aims towards Afghanistan, and is trying to recognise its borders and use water resources of Afghanistan more than before. It looks for having a government in Afghanistan ...

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Rasmussen for Military Pressure on Rebels

BRUSSELS - The NATO secretary-general on Tuesday reiterated his support for efforts at a political process in Afghanistan, stressing the role of Pakistan and other neighbours in stabilising the country. “If we are to ensure long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, we also need a positive engagement of Afghanistan’s neighbours including Pakistan. So I hope the trilateral talks can facilitate such engage ...

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Afghanistan Says Negotiating Release of Helicopter Hostages

KABUL - The Taliban may free a group of mainly Turkish hostages captured when their helicopter made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan as early as Tuesday night, a provincial official said. Negotiations between village leaders and the Taliban were underway, and that was leading to hopes they could be freed within hours, a spokesman for the governor of Logar province tol ...

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Foreign Members Could be Effective on Transparency of Election: TEFA

KABUL - The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan TEFA on Tuesday said that presence of two foreigners in the Electoral Complaints Commission could increase people's trust in the election process, calling their presence as effective. The transparent election foundation commission says the law of governing election commission and electoral complaints commission does not clearly rule on selection of ...

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China’s banks now leading the world

U.S. business magazine Forbes has just calculated that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is the world's largest company when taking into account revenue, profits, assets and market capitalization. This is the first time a Chinese company has held that position in the annually published Forbes Global 2000 list of the world's largest publicly quote companies. That China Construction Bank was rank ...

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‘We won’t change our style for Real Madrid’ – Klopp

The 45-year-old coach has told his Borussia Dortmund team to play their normal game ahead of their Champions League semi-final meeting with the reigning Liga champions Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says his side will try to enforce their own style on Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. BVB defeated Jose Mourinho's men 2-1 in the group stage, before drawing ...

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