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Afghan High Peace Council to Talk to Taliban: Rabbani

KABUL - The Chair of the Afghan High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani said on Wednesday that the Council is ready for direct peace talks with the Taliban. Salahuddin Rabbani said that further consultations are going on with the political parties, civil societies and women to chalk out a strategy for the talks. Speaking at a gathering held for evaluating the progress made and challenges in the peace process ...

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US, Germany, Italy Vow Key Afghan Roles Post-2014

Brussels - Germany and Italy will join the United States as "lead nations" in regions of Afghanistan after NATO transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. The U.S. defense chief was speaking after the Atlantic alliance laid out a new plan shifting into a training and assistance role for the Afghan forces set to take over from NATO in about 18 mo ...

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NATO Stresses Fair Polls, War on Graft

BRUSSELS - The NATO secretary-general on Wednesday renewed his call for the Karzai administration to focus on better governance and combat corruption to ensure continued international assistance to the war-torn country. “Securing human rights and fair elections will pave the way for continued international support for Afghanistan,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists on the sidelines of NATO defence mini ...

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ICRC to Continue Helping War-Affected Afghans

KABUL - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to providing protection and humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Gherardo Pontrandolfi, ICRC head of delegation in Kabul, said they would be able to determine the level of humanitarian services to be provided around the country once the ongoing review of last week's attack ...

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Corruption of the Top-level Elite

Five MPs who were accused of being involved in corruption and smuggling have been put on the Exit Control List on Tuesday by the Attorney General Office (AGO). Last month, MPs Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, Mohammad Azim Mohseni and Mahmood Khan Sulaimankhel were accused by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal of being involved in smugglings and making illegal demands from the ministe ...

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NATO Withdrawal Concerns of Afghan Leading Neighbors; an Opportunity for Afghanistan

As the 2014 gets closer, the concerns of the afghan leading neighbors about post 2014 Afghanistan also become bolder. The afghan dominant neighbors; Russia, India and to some extend china have recently showed their worries about post 2014 Afghanistan more noticeably in occasions around the region. The security and the economy issues have combined the core stone of the concerns expressed by the three countri ...

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Afghans Lay Groundwork for 2014 Election

Pamela Constable Voter registration is underway, the presidential election date is set for April 5, and politicians are forming coalitions to discuss platforms, policies and candidates. But despite these signs of democracy in action, one nagging question lingers in the air like a dark, persistent cloud. Is President Hamid Karzai ready to give up power, as the constitution requires, or is he determined to fi ...

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Turkish Deputy PM Seeks to Calm Anti-Government Protests

Turkey's deputy prime minister sought to mollify tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators on Tuesday by apologizing for a police crackdown on a peaceful protest that triggered five days of rioting across the country. The comments by Bulent Arinc, who took charge of government after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan left on a visit to North Africa on Monday, contrasted with Erdogan's defiant dismissal ...

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5 Wolesi Jirga Members Put on ECL

KABUL : The Attorney-General Office (AGO) on Tuesday announced putting five Wolesi Jirga members on the Exit Control List for their alleged involvement in corruption and misuse of their positions. MPs Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, Mohammad Azim Mohseni and Mahmood Khan Sulaimankhel were placed on ECL weeks after Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal accused them of smuggling and makin ...

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Taliban Representatives’ Visit to Tehran

Taliban confirmed reports about visit of Taliban representatives from Tehran and negotiations between the two sides about ‘mutual interests’. Qari Mohammad Yousaf Ahmadi, a spokesman of the militant group, confirmed the trip a day after Iran’s foreign ministry officials and the Iranian embassy in Kabul denied the news initially reported by Iranian Fars News Agency. In a statement, the spokesman of the Talib ...

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Engineer-Turned-Militia Leader Takes on Taliban

Pamela Constable As he jolted along village roads recently in a pickup truck with a machine gunner standing in the back, Farhad Akbari stopped every few minutes and pointed to another invisible landmark among the mud-walled houses, swaying poplars and rippling wheat fields. “This corner used to be a Taliban check post, but now everyone can pass freely,” he said with a satisfied nod. “That orchard is where t ...

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A Shameful Neglect

Anna Badkhen It's time to stop pretending that America's in Afghanistan to help women. Afghanistan's iniquities are grotesque. At Kabul University last week, zealots -- all men -- protested a law that would abolish child marriage, forced marriage, marital rape, and the odious practice, called ba'ad, of giving girls away to settle offenses or debts. Meanwhile, in jails all over the country, 600 women, the hi ...

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Turkish Protesters Clash with Police into Early Hours

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism", remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday in the riots, which began with a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square an ...

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Karzai Talks to John Kerry about Afghan Peace Process

KABUL - The Afghan President Hamid Karzai talked to the US Secretary of State John F. Kerry about peace process, Karzai's office said Sunday. Speaking over phone, President Karzai told John Kerry that the peace process should not be a victim of foreign plots, Karzai's office said in a statement. Karzai's office said that some countries are trying to control the peace talks to achieve their goals. "Some coun ...

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The difficult situation of Afghan Children

Life is hard for children in Afghanistan. Among the social segments the children are the most vulnerable in the afghan society. Afghan officials revealed to the media that more than six million children are deprived of basic education in Afghanistan and around a hundred thousand are drug addicts while marking the international Children’s Day in Kabul. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, o ...

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Ethnic Politics: A Dangerous Fault Line

Omar Samad An eight-day long hunger strike by Kabul University students that drew little attention internationally but sparked a major debate domestically ended last week after the Afghan government agreed to the students’ main demands to fire the Dean of the Social Sciences department, accused of ethnic discrimination and mismanagement. The Dean and his supporters staged a counter-protest accusing the stud ...

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International Community’s Silence over Ethnic Games in Afghanistan

A.J. Ahwar The world politics is full of memories concerning violent power transitions. It has never been easy for previous kings to leave their privileges and opportunities at once for another person. Fathers have killed their sons and brother have killed their entire fraternity to maintain his power. Some countries after adopting democratic values and accepting the rule of law transformed their mechanisms ...

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Syrian Rebels, Hezbollah in Deadly Fight in Lebanon

Beirut - Several fighters were killed in an overnight clash between Hezbollah fighters and Syrian rebel forces in Lebanon's eastern border region with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Sunday. One source said 15 rebels were killed in the fighting east of the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbek, but the exact toll would not be clear until bodies could be retrieved from the remote and rugged border area. One ...

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Ethnicity Should Be Mentioned in Electronic ID Cards: Abdullah

KABUL - The Head of National Coalition Party Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that ethnicity should be mentioned in the electronic ID cards. Dr. Abdullah has stressed that the Government should seek practical ways to solve the problem and remove people's concerns over the issue. The comments came in after the Afghan Parliament approved that ethnicity will not be mentioned in the electronic ID cards, whi ...

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The Plight of Afghan Children

The children are one of the most vulnerable segments of the society in Afghanistan. Marking the international Children’s Day in Kabul, Afghan officials said more than six million children are deprived of education in the country and about a hundred thousand are drug addicts. According to the estimates of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, over six million children are exposed to risks and vulnerabili ...

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