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Hekmatyar-Led HIA Disowns Hilal’s Decisions

KABUL - The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) faction of Gulbadin Hekmatyar has strongly opposed Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal’s possible alliance with President Hamid Karzai’s principal rival, Abdullah Abdullah, and rejected Qutbuddin Hilal as a presidential runner. Arghandiwal’s faction of the party and Dr. Abdullah, a former foreign minister who heads the National Coalition of Afghanistan, are re ...

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UN Calls on Afghan Media Outlets to Help Empower Women

KABUL - In a workshop on empowerment of women through media, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) called upon all the Afghan media outlets to help empower women and increase their participation in every sphere of the country. The workshop was held for the South Asia journalists in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. “Afghanistan is facing a number of challenges in terms of treatment meted out to women. But, i ...

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Marshal Fahim Vows Support to Abdullah for Presidency

KABUL - Fazl Rahmand Oria, the spokesman of the National Coalition Party (NCP), on Saturday announced that First Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim has pledged his support to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), in his run-up for the next spring's Presidential election. Additionally, Mr. Oria said that talks are still underway to select a nominee for the ...

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Tunisia’s Ruling Islamists Accept Plan to Step Down

Tunis - Tunisia's Islamist government has agreed to resign after negotiations that start next week with secular opponents to form a caretaker administration and prepare for elections, a senior ruling party official said on Saturday. The negotiations aim to end weeks of crisis involving the Islamist-led coalition government and secular opposition parties that has threatened to scuttle the transition to democ ...

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US Braces for Possible Government Shutdown

Washington - The US government is bracing for a possible shutdown, as Republicans and Democrats in Congress remain deadlocked on a budget to continue its funding. Agencies have begun making contingency plans ahead of the 1 October deadline to pass a new funding resolution. The Senate has passed a bill to fund the government until 15 November. But House Republicans have said they refuse to approve the bill w ...

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Chinese Police Rescue 92 Abducted Children

Beijing - Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say. They say two women were also freed in an operation involving police forces in 11 provinces of the country. The traffickers are believed to have targeted children in the south-western Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and then sold them in other regions. Child-trafficking h ...

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Italian PM to Call Confidence Vote as Government Nears Collapse

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will call a confidence vote in parliament after a showdown with center-right partners in his fragile coalition scuppered a vital package of budget measures on Friday and took his government to the brink of collapse. Letta flew back from a visit to New York with coalition unity already in tatters after a threat by center-right lawmakers to walk out over former premi ...

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Sudan Police Fired Teargas as Thousands Demand Bashir Quit

Khartoum - Sudanese police on Saturday fired teargas to break up thousands of protesters who were calling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir a killer, witnesses said, after days of unrest in which dozens of people have died. Daily demonstrations this week followed the government cutting fuel and cooking gas subsidies on Monday when pump prices doubled overnight. Four protesters were shot dead by unidentified g ...

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Chemical Weapons Watchdog to Begin Syria Inspections Next Week

Damascus - Experts from the world's chemical weapons watchdog will begin inspecting Syria's stockpile of toxic munitions by Tuesday, according to an agreement passed in The Hague on Friday. The agreement enables the U.N. Security Council to vote later on Friday on a draft resolution on eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal. The decision adopted by the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition ...

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U.N. Security Council Demands Elimination of Syria Chemical Arms

New York - The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council capped weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and the United States. It was based on a deal between the ...

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We Have no Favorites in the Neighboring Country: Sharif

Islamabad - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, addressing the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Friday, said he "We have no favorites" in the neighboring country (Afghanistan). He added that Pakistan had lost 40,000 lives to terrorism in the past 12 years and would use "all means at our disposal" to fight it. Nawaz Sharif's ambitions to improve relations with India and Afghanistan are driven by t ...

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US, India Have Shared Interest in Afghanistan: Obama

WASHINGTON - Pledging to work together to bring lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the two countries had common goals in the war-hit country. "We both have a shared interest in making sure that Afghanistan continues on its path to a peaceful, democratic country,” Obama told reporters at a joint media availability with ...

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Pakistan Can Play Key Role in Peace Process: Rassoul

NEY YORK - Encouraged by President Hamid Karzai's successful visit to Islamabad, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Friday told the UN General Assembly that Pakistan had an important role to play in the Afghan-led peace process. "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a major neighbour, can play a key role in supporting our peace efforts," Rassoul said in his address. He added: "We’ve been heartened by the recen ...

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Iran Sees ‘Historic’ Chance to Resolve Nuclear Issue

TEHRAN - Iran said Tuesday there was a "historic" chance to resolve a decade-long showdown over its nuclear ambitions ahead of a much-anticipated meeting of world powers at the United Nations. "We have a historic opportunity to resolve the nuclear issue," if world powers adjust to the "new Iranian approach," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet from New York, where he is attending the UN Ge ...

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On 4-Day Visit to China, Karzai Lands in Xi’an

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai and his delegation landed in Xi'an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province on Wednesday evening (regional time) on a four-day state visit to discuss with Chinese leadership a range of issues, including enhanced political, military, economic and cultural relations. Karzai, heading a high-level delegation, was received by the Shaanxi deputy governor and Afghan Ambassador to Chin ...

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Election Alliances in Disarray

As the candidate registration process is going on, many stakeholders are making their last-ditch efforts to make deals with prominent political figures for nominating consensus candidates in the elections. Interestingly, as the affairs related to the elections is developing, many of the formerly announced elections alliances are teetering at the brink of collapse, as the members are in fierce disagreements ...

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20 Killed, 53 Wounded in Baghdad Bombings

Baghdad- At least 20 people were killed and 53 others wounded in three bombing attacks here Monday, police said. A car bomb went off Monday evening near a funeral in the Adhamiya district in northern Baghdad, killing 15 people and injuring 35 others, Xinhua reported citing a police source. Three people were killed and eight others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a park in the Sulaikh area in nort ...

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Exclusive: Hundreds of U.S. Security Clearances Seen Falsified

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances. Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from prosec ...

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Kenyan Police Search Mall Wreckage after Militant Attack

NAIROBI - U.S., British and Israeli agencies are helping Kenya investigate an attack by Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people and destroyed part of the complex. After a four-day siege, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday troops had defeated the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group that targeted the shopping center popular with prosperous Kenyans and foreigners. He dec ...

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U.S., UK Fine ICAP, Charge Former Staff over Libor Rigging

London - U.S. and British authorities on Wednesday fined ICAP, the world's biggest interdealer broker, $87 million and criminally charged three former employees for their role in the Libor benchmark rate rigging scandal. The scandal, which has laid bare the failings of regulators and bank bosses, has triggered a sprawling global investigation that has already seen three banks fined $2.6 billion, four indivi ...

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