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A Step Forward in the Election Process

The Afghan National Assembly finally approved the law on the structure, duties and powers of the independent election commission, ending months of stalemate on the crucial bill. The deadlock over amendments to the laws on polls and structure, duties and powers of poll panels had sparked concerns about the presidential election that is set for 2014. In past weeks, the government, political parties, civil org ...

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Lawmakers Approve IEC Structure, Complaints Commission Law

Kabul- A joint commission of senators and parliamentarians on Sunday approved the laws governing the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) with only the final consent of President Hamid Karzai pending. Rafiullah Gul, senate second vice chair, said that this law is separate from the election law and does not need the majority of the parliament or senate approval. ...

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Senior Mof Officials in Master’s Degree Programme

KABUL - A master's degree programme aimed at capacity building of 20 senior Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials was officially launched on Sunday, the ministry said. A joint statement of MoF and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said the year-long programme had been designed by MoF with its own internal funds in technical cooperation with UNITAR. It would support building the capac ...

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Hernandez Hopes for More Starts

Javier Hernandez has vowed to do everything possible to assist Manchester United's title quest even if he wishes he could get a few more starts. The Mexican made his 30th appearance of the season during Monday's derby defeat to City at Old Trafford, yet of those, only 19 have been starts. In the Premier League, Hernandez has begun only six games, making his eight-goal scoring return even more impressive. Li ...

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Beyond Formality: a Better Way to Negotiate in Afghanistan

By Maj. Aram Donigian, Jeff Weiss and Davood Moradian As U.S. and Afghan officials negotiate the myriad details of their pledged strategic partnership, they will be pushed by war-weariness and political and economic pressures to settle for Band-Aid approaches to complex problems. This is the trap of formality, and it threatens the prospects for a solid, long-term relationship between the two nations. Negoti ...

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Ghazni the Capital of Islamic Civilization

The long-awaited ceremony for declaring Ghazni city as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture and Civilization was formerly held on Saturday amid tight security. High-ranking government officials, parliamentarians and dignitaries from other countries participated in the ceremony, which is going to last for five days. The official designation of Ghazni city as the Capital of Islamic civilization comes five yea ...

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Kerry Meets China’s Leaders to Push Them on North Korea

Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China's top leaders on Saturday in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks. Travelling to Beijing for the first time as secretary of state, Kerry made no secret of his desire to see China take a more activist stance towards North Korea, which in recent weeks has ...

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Ghazni Declared as Capital of Islamic Civilization

GHAZNI - A much-awaited ceremony to declare Ghazni City as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture and Civilisation began on Saturday in the southern province, amid tight security measures, officials said. The week-long celebrations began at 10:20am at the governor’s office with recitation of some verses from the holy Quran, followed by playing the national anthem and reading out a message from President Hamid ...

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Planting To Make the Afghanistan looks Green

Kabul- Initiative planting by Youth for development association and cooperation of YLF and AELSO Organization On 11th of April 2013/ 22nd of Hamal 1392, A planting of tree and Flower campaign was held by YDA with the cooperation of YLF and AELSO organization, and with support of District 3 of Municipality of Kabul, The Plantation got underway in the Nawroz Park of Kabul, and extended to Dehmazang square and ...

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Pre-Poll National Consensus to Salvage Afghans: Ahadi

JALALABAD - A key member of the Afghan Millat Party and the Minister of Commerce and Industries, Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi, on Saturday said some political parties have launched efforts at creating a pre-election national consensus to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. "Some groups in Kabul are working and talking about national consensus before next presidential elections to keep the country from plunging in ...

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Journalists Barred from Covering Ghazni Ceremony

GHAZNI - Some journalists on Saturday said they were barred from covering a just-started historic festival of celebrating the selection of Ghanzi city as the Asian capital of Islamic Civilization. The reporters said they were ordered to leave the governor's house, the venue of the festival that began on Saturday. Local officials said only a private channel, 1TV, had been authorised by the central government ...

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Barcelona-Bayern, Real Madrid-Dortmund in Champions League Semis

There are to be two Germany-Spain clashes in the semi finals of this year's Champions League. Bayern Munich will take on Barcelona, while Borussia Dortmund will play Real Madrid. It sets up the prospect of, on one hand, an all-Spanish or all-German final and, on the other hand, a clash between one Spanish and one German titan. 1997 winners Dortmund are the only club of the final four who remain unbeaten in ...

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Why to Blame Mulla!

The dark of night still prevails everywhere. This is the sweetest part of the night when everyone is busy in sleeping. There is utter silence everywhere which is sometimes disturbed by the crowing of a cock or rooster. In this part of night, it is very difficult for everyone to leave the warm and comforting bed. But then there is always present a person who leaves his bed, overcoming his intense desire to s ...

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Karzai’s Anti-U.S. Rhetoric: an Afghan Perspective

By Najib Sharifi, Ahmad Shafi Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s latest vague and controversial anti-U.S. remarks were puzzling to many people both inside and outside Afghanistan, as they implied that the United States is inadvertently colluding with the Taliban.  Despite the fact that he later accused the media of misinterpreting his comments and tried to clarify his remarks during a press conference with U.S ...

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Setbacks in Women’s Status

In the midst of war and instability, the Afghan women are the most vulnerable segment of the society. Murders of women, suicides and other kinds of violence against women have turned into a usual trend in the Afghan society. In recent weeks, many women in northern Jawzjan province have committed suicide, or have been murdered. According to the reports, five women have been found dead in Jawzjan in the past ...

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U.S. Will Never Accept a Nuclear-Armed North Korea: Kerry

Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed as "unacceptable by any standard" weeks of bellicose warnings of impending nuclear war by North Korea and said Washington would never accept the reclusive state becoming a nuclear power. Kerry, addressing reporters after talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and leaders of the 28,000-strong U.S. military contingent in the country, also said ...

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Taliban Still Capable to Challenge International Goals

WASHINGTON - The Taliban remain resilient and capable to challenge US and international goals in Afghanistan even as insurgency has diminished in some areas, a top US intelligence official said Thursday. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said during his testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said that coalition drawdown would have an impact on Afghanistan's eco ...

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Jazjwan Activists Anguish over Beheading of Women

SHIBERGHAN - Civil society and human rights activists on Friday expressed their deep concern over increasing murders of women and rising tendency of suicide among them in northern Jawzjan province, where five women were found dead over the past three weeks. Four women were found dead in Aqcha district and one in Shiberghan, the provincial capital, where police had arrested a man for beheading his wife over ...

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Hezb-E-Islami Meets in Kabul to Discuss Presidential Candidate

KABUL - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Islamist political party Hezb-e-Islami will nominate a candidate in the upcoming Afghan presidential election, either from its own ranks or it will support an outsider, it told TOLOnews Thursday. The party's deputy chief Ghairat Bahir said that a delegation of four senior party figures are in Kabul meeting local members to discuss the election and possible presidential candidat ...

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Time Wasted on Summoning Ministers: MPs

KABUL - Some lawmakers on Thursday suggested the Wolesi Jirga should divert its attention to other important pending issues including legislating on amendments to elections laws instead of wasting time on the issue of summoned ministers. The lower house has summoned nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending their development budgets in 2011, an issue that has divided lawmakers. Some MPs have accused their ...

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