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Pakistan Has Issued ID Cards to Goshta Residents: Mps

KABUL - Some members of the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday alleged Pakistan had issued identity cards to a number of residents of the Goshta border town in eastern Nangarhar province, a claim rejected by the district chief. Abdul Latif Pidram, a parliamentarian who visited Goshta on Thursday, informed the lower house that Pakistani forces were in control of some areas of the district. He quoted residents as sayin ...

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey happy in centre

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is glad to have won over the Arsenal boo-boys as he looks to help drive the Gunners into the Champions League again next season. The Wales international, 22, has impressed in recent weeks as he thrives in his preferred central role at the heartbeat of Arsene Wenger's side, with England's Jack Wilshere coming back from an ankle injury. It is a welcome run of consistency for Ramsey, wh ...

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Worthy Things!

In one of the European countries, a case was filed in a court in which neighbors stated that they and their children were disturbed by one of their neighbors. It was stated that the neighbor was a rich person who had a very strange habit. Whenever there appeared a new car in the market, he used to sell his old car and bought the new one and in this way, after every month or two, he was found to be riding a ...

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A New Plan for a New Afghanistan

By Ahmad Zia Massoud and Christian H. Cooper Securing the future of Afghanistan is not just about troop counts after 2014. Sustainable economic development may just be the key. Afghanistan's future will not be determined by the thousands of lives tragically lost, the billions spent, or the number of international troops that will remain after 2014. The number of troops on the ground — whether foreign or Afg ...

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Pressures Growing on Karzai over CIA Payments

Pressures on President Karzai is growing as politicians and lawmakers in the National Assembly urge the president to explain the “ghost money” which the New York Times said was paid to his office by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Echoing the senators’ call, some Wolesi Jirga lawmakers on Wednesday asked President Karzai to share the information regarding the payments with the parliament. The New ...

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Obama Renews Push for Closing Guantanamo

Washington - President Barack Obama has vowed a renewed push to close the military jail at Guantanamo Bay because he says it is damaging US interests. Obama's announcement on Tuesday came as extra medical staff were sent to the centre to help address a hunger strike that spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees. He told a news conference that he had asked a team of officials to review the issue and woul ...

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Govt. Yet to Enforce Labour Law: Dr. Adil

KABUL - The All Afghanistan Federations of Trade Unions (AAFTU) president on Wednesday said joblessness was increasing with each passing day but the government was doing nothing for provide work opportunities for the people. Dr. Mohammad Liaqat Adil told Pajhwok Afghan news in an exclusive interview the International Labour Day was marked across the world to show unity among labourers. The world started mar ...

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Dozens of Schoolgirls Poisoned in Kabul

KABUL - Over 70 students of the Sultan Razi High School in Kabul were poisoned and shifted to various health facilities on Wednesday, an official said. The girl students were poisoned soon after entered their classrooms in the morning, the education ministry spokesman, Amanullah Iman, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A number of students, who started vomiting and suffered other problems, were evacuated to Istiqlal ...

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Kabul, Tallinn Agree to Cement Cooperation

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has discussed a number of issues of bilateral interest with his Estonian counterpart Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Wednesday. The Afghan-led reconciliation process, the ongoing security transition, next year’s presidential elections and economic cooperation between the two countries figured at the meeting in Tallinn. On his maiden two-day trip ...

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The War Winding Down in Afghanistan: Obama

WASHINGTON - The US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that the "the war is winding down in Afghanistan and we're having success in defeating al Qaeda core." Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama said: "we're winding down the war in Afghanistan, we're having success defeating al Qaeda core, and we've kept the pressure up on all these transnational terrorist networks." "We've transferred deten ...

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Hagel, German Minister Talk Afghan Transition

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière on Tuesday to discuss the security transition process in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said. “The two leaders discussed Germany's essential support to allied operations in Afghanistan,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement. Little added the secretary praised Germany’s leadership within the I ...

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Ronaldo passed fit for second leg

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit for today's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund, coach Jose Mourinho has said. The Portugal international, top scorer in the competition this season with 12 goals, returned to training with his team-mates on Monday after sitting out Saturday's 2-1 La Liga victory over Atletico Madrid. He had damaged a thigh muscle as R ...

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Saudi-U.S. Relations to Withstand North American Oil Boom, Experts Say

Washington - Experts say Asia and Iran are the keys to maintaining a strong - but evolving - U.S.-Saudi Arabia energy relationship. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is expected to share his optimistic view on the future of Asian oil demand on Tuesday when he gives a major energy speech, billed as the first in the United States in four years. As the United States produces oil at the highest levels in 20 years ...

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US Committed To Sovereign Afghanistan: White House

WASHINGTON - The United States remained committed to the goal of a sovereign Afghanistan that was not a safe haven for terrorists, the White House said on Monday, refusing to comment on a news report regarding CIA supplying cash to President Hamid Karzai’s office. “We and our Afghan partners remain committed to our shared strategy and goals of a fully sovereign Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for Al Qa ...

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MPs Seek Explanation on CIA Payments

KABUL - Some senators on Tuesday asked President Hamid Karzai to take the parliament and the nation into confidence on the “ghost money” the CIA allegedly handed out to his office over the past decade. On Monday, the New York Times reported CIA delivered tens of millions of dollars to the president’s office -- a costly influence-peddling attempt that led to massive corruption in Afghanistan. “For more than ...

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Afghans Need Greater Religious Freedom: US Panel

KABUL - The environment for exercising religious freedom remains exceedingly poor in Afghanistan for minorities including Shiites, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, a US panel said on Tuesday. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its annual report for 2013 that despite significant improvements since the Taliban’s ouster in 2001, religious freedom remained poor, especially for minorities. ...

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Opposition Wants IEC-Related Law Passed Without Delay

KABUL - An alliance of opposition parties on Tuesday accused President Hamid Karzai of refusing to sign on law on the authority and structure of the Independent Election Commission. Instead the president was seeking to maintain the status quo and hold next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in compliance with a legislative decree, the coalition alleged. On Sept. 24, 2012, the Wolesi Jirga ...

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Keeping Them Intact!

He was sitting in his grand office; grand in a sense that it was not only big but was full of managers, accountants and other clerical staff who were busy in controlling the matters of his vast business. As I arrived there, he left his chair and we came and sat on comfortable sofas. Soon the tea was served. After routine greetings, I came to my question.  A question was, time and again disturbing my mind an ...

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With Bags of Cash to President’s Offices, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan

“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” one American official said, “was the United States.” KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency. All told, tens of millions of doll ...

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Urgency of Finalizing Electoral Laws

Recently, the parliament of Afghanistan took steps forward in approving the law on the authority and structure of the Independent Election Commission. But now opposition parties say that President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the law. On Tuesday, an opposition alliance alleged the president was seeking to delay signing the law and hold the next year’s Presidential and provincial council elections based ...

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