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Expedite Implementation of EVAW Law: UNAMA

KABUL - In light of the ongoing debate over the law on Elimination of Violation against Women (EVAW), United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women on Monday have urged the Afghan authorities to accelerate their efforts in the implementation of the law. Head of UNAMA and Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš said, "Progress in implementing the Eliminat ...

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Sharp Surge in Jailed Afghan Women: HRW

KABUL - An influential human rights organization on Tuesday said the number of Afghan women jailed for fleeing forced and abusive marriages, and other "moral crimes", has soared since 2011. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said about 600 women and girls are in prison for offences including running away from their husband or family, even though fleeing abuse is not a crime under Afghan law. Eighte ...

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Karzai Accepts Honorary Degree in India

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, who is in India on a two-day visit, on Monday night accepted an honorary degree from the Lovely Professional University in the northern state of Punjab. Indian president Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Doctorate to Karzai at the university's graduation ceremony in Jalandhar city, a statement issued from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said. It added the president was honoured ...

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President Karzai’s New Delhi Trip

Amid tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Karzai’s trip to India may signify a change in Kabul’s attitude towards the future role of India in Afghanistan and may also have a message to Islamabad. According to the Afghan officials the president, during his trip to India, would meet senior Indian officials and discuss bilateral and regional issues including role of India in developing security ...

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Rights of Women in Afghanistan

There is a quotation which says rights are snatched not given this proverb suits the 3rd world countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and so many more. One of the main crises which Afghanistan has been facing is neglecting the true value and worth of a woman. This stratum of our community has always been underestimated and mistreated. It is a bitter truth that in this democratic and civilized era our women ...

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A Blessed Bound!

Scene is of a big wedding hall which is full of guests. In the center lies the beautifully decorated stage where a grand but empty chair is waiting for the bridegroom. The hall is divided into two portions; one bigger portion for males and the adjoining one for the females. There are many factors that tell us about the wealth and affluence of both the sides like the grand wedding hall, number of guests exce ...

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North Korea Fires Sixth Missile in Three Days

Pyongyang - North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday, making six launches in three days, and it condemned South Korea for criticizing what it said were its legitimate military drills. South Korea's Defense Ministry said North Korea had fired one missile on Monday morning and a second one in the afternoon. Both were fired into the sea off North Korea's east coast, a ministry official said. The la ...

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Karzai off to India amid Tensions with Pakistan

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, heading a high level delegation, on Monday flew to New Delhi for a two-day official visit, his office said, amid escalating tensions between Kabul and Islamabad over this month's border skirmishes and stalled peace process. Karzai is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other high Indian officials during the trip, the Pr ...

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Taliban Aims Victory after NATO Pullout from Afghanistan: Azimi

KABUL - Afghan defense officials on Monday said that Taliban militants have deployed a large number of fighters to Afghanistan after closing its religious Madrasas in Pakistan. According to reports thousands of of Taliban fighters are busy with the religious studies in Pakistani Madrasas. The officials also added that Taliban group has increased its psychological war and claim that NATO troops have been def ...

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Baghlan Council Chief among 13 Killed in Suicide Blast

PUL-I-KHUMRI - The provincial council chief was among more than a dozen people killed in a suicide attack that left another 10 people wounded in northern Baghlan province on Monday, officials said. The senior public representative, Mohammad Rassoul Mohseni, was entering his office when a suicide bomber ran up, held him and detonated his suicide vest, Deputy Governor Abdul Qadim told Pajhwok Afghan News. The ...

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Guaranteeing Protection for Women

Blocking approval of the Elimination Violence Against Women law by conservative members of the parliament have raised concerns about a possible potential setback in women’s rights in Afghanistan. Many pro-women groups working for the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan have expressed concerns that the conservatives may attempt to weaken the law by amending it or even throwing it away altogether. As t ...

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Effort to Strengthen an Afghan Law on Women May Backfire

Even with some legal protections in place, Afghan women, and sometimes even little girls, can be sold to pay family debts. In the country’s vast rural areas, just talking to a man who is not a close relative can be punishable by death. And in some places, girls are routinely married at puberty. And now, preserving any protections long-term appears to be in question, as the country’s tiny women’s rights move ...

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Why Afghanistan is Nervous about the US Troop Withdrawal

By Howard Lafranchi By December 2014 the Afghan National Security Forces that have been built by the US and NATO will be left to largely stand on their own. Afghanistan is suffering a crisis of confidence – and given what’s on the horizon, it's not so difficult to see why. Next year is shaping up to be a perfect storm of security, political, and economic transition. And many Afghans, from shopkeepers to mem ...

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Afghanistan’s Industrial Productivity (Business Growth) Dips By 35%

Afghanistan's economy faces a huge setback as the Industrial Productivity (Business Growth) figure indicated a decline of 35% during one year. The figure was announced by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Saturday. ACCI believes that the dip has been caused by high municipality fees and an increasing extortion rate in the country. High customs tariff on imported goods especially r ...

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Mourinho could leave Real this week – reports

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho could leave the club as early as this week according to reports in the Spanish press on Sunday. A 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Friday night’s Copa del Rey final meant Real will end the season without a major trophy and has accelerated claims that Mourinho could make a return to Chelsea, who he previously managed between 2004 and 2007. Madrid sports daily Marca ran the h ...

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U.N. Chief Ban Says Worried over North Korea Missile Launch

New York - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday over North Korea's launch of short-range missiles, urging Pyongyang to refrain from further launches and return to stalled nuclear talks with world powers. Ban, who spoke to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti during a visit to Moscow, called North Korea's launch of three short-range missiles from its east coast on Saturday a "provocat ...

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President Karzai Seeks Indian Military Aid amid Tensions with Pakistan

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan's disputed border with Pakistan. Kabul's overtures to New Delhi are likely to rile Islamabad where a new government led by two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to take office soon, promising impr ...

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European Heads of Mission Meet In Heart

Today for the first time, the European Union Heads of Mission had their collective meeting outside Kabul. The European Union Special Representative and Head of Delegation to Afghanistan, Vygaudas Ušackas and the EU Heads of Mission were accompanied by the Head of EUPOL Mission and Ambassadors from the EU candidate country Turkey and the European Economic Area member Norway to visit Herat. Together, they con ...

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Foreign Troops to Stay Till Stability: Naeemi

KHOST - Khost governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi on Sunday claimed foreign troops had promised not to leave Afghanistan until its security situation had stabilised and warfare ceased. Naeemi, who recently held talks with NATO troops, told a news conference in Khost City “foreign forces will not leave Afghanistan until the country is put on path to stability.” About his meeting with NATO officials, Naeemi said it ...

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Karzai Must Not Station Foreign Spies in Presidential Palace: Senates

KABUL - Afghan Senators on Sunday's session said that the networks of foreign spies stationed at the Presidential Palace are working for their own interests. The foreign spies had been positioned in the Palace on the orders of the President. The senators stressed that the spies constantly advise the President keeping their selfish motives in mind. This poses a great threat for the country. "Specific network ...

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