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Unemployment On the Rise In Afghanistan

Afghan minister of labour and social affairs who was summoned to the upper house on Tuesday said that most of international community's funds hasn't been spent for priority needs of the people. Meanwhile, a number of senators said that the ministry of labour and social affairs has not made efforts to reduce unemployment rates in the country. Minister of labour and social affairs said that lack of sufficient ...

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Galatasaray: Didier Drogba questions racists who abused him

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba has hit back at the racists who abused him in Sunday's heated Istanbul derby at rivals Fenerbahce. Drogba, 35, and his Ivorian team-mate Emmanuel Eboue were subjected to monkey chants during the game. "You called me monkey and forgot you jumped my brother [who] scored twice," he wrote on his club's Facebook page. Drogba was referring to Cameroon striker Pierre Webo, who sco ...

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Afghans Say an American Tortured Civilians

By Rod Nordland The authorities in Afghanistan are seeking the arrest on murder and torture charges of a man they say is an American and part of a Special Forces unit operating in Wardak Province, three Afghan officials have confirmed. The accusations against the man, Zakaria Kandahari, and the assertion that he and much of his unit are American are a new turn in a dispute over counterinsurgency tactics in ...

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Turn Here for Progress

By Mohammad Arif Rahmani Afghanistan stands at a crossroads. The reputation of our political leadership is under suspicion. Tens of millions of dollars are said to have been received illegally from intelligence agencies of both friends and foes. People are losing faith in the state and the prospects of democracy. The year 2014 looms large in everyone's mind, as does the Taliban's possible reemergence as a r ...

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The Mass Poisoning in Girls’ Schools

The rising incidents of poisoning schoolgirls and other sorts of threats against girls’ schools are turning into a serious challenge for the ministry of education. According to the reports, about 150 girls were poisoned in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital city of Balkh province on Tuesday. In another incident a girls’ school in Ghazni was attacked by armed men. The threats against schools have been on rise as th ...

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Kerry Sees Syria Peace Negotiations Taking Place in Early June

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he expected a proposed Syria peace conference backed by Washington and Moscow to be held in early June, and he denied reports that the Damascus government did not plan to attend. Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi said earlier in the day that Damascus, fighting an insurgency that threatens to draw in Syria's neighbors, wanted specifics on such ...

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Ludin Expects Support from New Pak Govt

KABUL - Afghanistan on Tuesday hoped with the change of government in Pakistan following last week’s parliamentary elections, tense relations between the estranged neighbours would start improving. In recent months, Kabul and Islamabad have been at loggerheads over the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign and border skirmishes in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province. Some officials in Kabul even ...

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UK to Extend Tours for British Troops in Afghanistan

LONDON - According to reports British Defense Minister Philip Hammond is due to announce a new timetable for British troops in Afghanistan that will allow to service for longer tours in the country. A British said up to 3,500 British troops will have their tours in Helmand province extended by nearly half as part of the UK’s plans to hand over security to Afghan forces and end all combat operations next yea ...

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150 Schoolgirls Poisoned in Mazar-e-Sharif

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Around 150 schoolgirls were poisoned in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Tuesday, an official said. Col. Abdul Razzaq Qadiri, the provincial police chief, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place at the Khurasan Girls’ High School. The students were taken to hospital, but the reason for poisonous was not yet clear, he said, adding police were invest ...

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Thousands Rally to Condemn Pakistan, Iran

ZARANJ - Thousands of people on Tuesday emerged on roads in southwestern Nimroz province, strongly condemning Pakistani attacks on Afghan posts in the east earlier this month and killing Afghans by the Iranians near the western border. The demonstrators gathered in Zaranj, the provincial capital, before noon and chanted "death to Pakistan and death to Iran". Officials coming all the way from northwestern Fa ...

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Wall Street On Back Foot Ahead Of Retail Sales Data

After withstanding the pressure to pullback for much of last week, Wall Street sentiment appears to remain shaky on Monday. The index futures point to a lower opening, as traders await a slew of market moving reports. Domestic data has largely been positive and this explains the strength in the dollar. Consequently, commodities denominated in the dollar have seen downside pressure. Lukewarm economic data re ...

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Man Utd Transfers: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 5 Best And Worst Signings

After twenty-six long years jam-packed with incredible success, the inevitable took place on Wednesday the 8th of March, 2013; this day will go down in history, as the day the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management. Sir Alex has managed to make this Manchester United team into a threatening force in European football; and are widely recognised as one of the greatest teams ...

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Leaving Afghanistan is a $7 Billion Moving Task for U.S.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan more than 12 years ago with a contingent of special forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers, some of them on horseback, armed with laser pointers to direct air strikes against al-Qaeda and its Taliban hosts. Getting Americans out again will be more complicated. While the fighting continues, the U.S. is mounting what may become a $7 billion effort to withdraw most of its ...

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Confidence of the Confident

He was one of my class fellows in university. He had that charismatic personality which is a very rare commodity and makes ones personality really distinguished and impressive among a lot. When I first met him, I was one like all my class fellows to be impressed of his personality. He had that confident smile, had a mature and refined personality just like that of a prince and his belief in him was evident ...

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Bold Revelation of Corruption in the Parliament

In a bold move, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Monday disclosed the names of, as he claimed, the lawmakers involved in corruption, smuggling and making illegal demands from the government officials. After insistence of the MPs to reveal names of the lawmakers he had accused before, the Minister named the lawmakers as Hameedzai Lalai, Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim, Azim Mohseni and Arif Rahmani resp ...

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UK’s Cameron on U.S. Trip to Learn Boston Lessons, Discuss Syria

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Boston on Monday to learn more about the bombings there after a meeting with President Barack Obama aimed at helping broker a Syrian peace deal and spurring talks on an EU-U.S. trade pact. Making his first trip to the United States since Obama won a second term, Cameron will receive a detailed briefing from the FBI on the Boston bombings to see if Bri ...

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Zakhilwal Names MPs Involved in Smuggling

KABUL - Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Monday revealed the names of the lawmakers he had earlier accused of smuggling and making illegal demands on the government. Speaking in the Wolesi Jirga, Zakhilwal said MP from Kandahar Hameedzai Lalai had demanded licence plates for 1,970 right-hand drive vehicles. There is a ban a number plates for such vehicles under a cabinet decision. The minister read out th ...

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Taliban Vow Defence of Territorial Integrity

KABUL - The Taliban on Monday denounced the killing and wounding of Afghan workers by Iranian border guards, calling last week’s shooting a violation of the human rights good neighbourliness. A day earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was dispatching a delegation to Iran to investigate the reported casualties among Afghans at the hands of Iranian guards at their shared border. Four Afghans were ...

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Turkey Says Syrian Forces Behind Border Town Bombings

Ankara - Turkey believes fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind two car bombings that killed 46 people in a Turkish border town where thousands of Syrian refugees live, officials said on Sunday. Authorities have arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens and including the alleged mastermind, after the bombings in Reyhanli on Saturday, deputy prime minister Besir Atalay told reporters ...

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The Durand Line Overshadowing US-Afghanistan Partnership

Amid the strained relations following the border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Afghan president-Hamid Karzai- recently at a ceremony at Kabul University once again emphasized that the Afghan establishment doesn’t recognize the Durand line as the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan as it hasn’t in the past. At the mean time Pakistani officials have repeatedly maintained that ...

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