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Chemical Weapons Watchdog to Send more Inspectors to Syria

  Damascus - The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday it would send more inspectors to Syria to help destroy President Bashar al-Assad's stockpile of toxic munitions.Assad's government, fighting a civil war in which more than 100,000 people have died, agreed to destroy the arms after a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus killed hundreds of people in August. The head of the Hague-b ...

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North Korea Puts Army on Alert, Warns U.S. of ‘Horrible Disaster’

Pyongyang - North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric against the United States and South Korea, whom it accuses of instigating hostility.Reclusive North Korea has often issued threats to attack the South and the United States but has rarely turned them into action. Such hostile rhetoric is widely seen a ...

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Talks on Security Pact Moving Forward: U.S.

Washington - Marie Harf, the Deputy Spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department, on Monday said that Washington and Kabul are moving forward to ink the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would roadmap the U.S. presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014. "We have made progress, but these kind of negotiations are complex in any country, as we know, from sort of the technical to the tough security issues," Marie Ha ...

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Afghan Delegation at the 8th International youth Peace Fest Chandigarh (India)

THE six-day 8th International Youth Peace fest (IYPF 2013)which was held in the Chandigarh the peace city of India from 27th to 2nd October 2013 . After a long week of peace talks, creative workshops, co-cooperative games, action based activities, exchanging ideas, multi cultural shows also with focused on four major issues : 1. Volunteering – a medicine or a way of life? 2. Focus on the Girl Child -towards ...

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The Vetting Process of Candidates

The registration process of the presidential candidates ended formally on Sunday. Many of the presidential hopefuls registered with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in the last hours of the registration period before the planned deadline. According to the reports, 22 people registered for running in the presidential election by the registration deadline on Sunday night. On the final day of candidat ...

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ACCI Officials in Pakistan to Talk Economic Cooperation

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), a cooperative body formed by private business leaders from both countries, held a five-day meeting in Karachi to discuss ways to improve business ties and solve transit issues. Khan Jan Alokozay, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), along with Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi, the Mini ...

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Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman Visits Kabul on Karzai’s Invitation

KABUL - According to reports, MaulanaFazul-ur-Rehman, JamiatUlema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) chief will visit Afghanistan in the near future.MaulanaFazal-ur-Rehman is a pro-Taliban Pakistani political leader and he will be accompanied by a five mebere delegation during his visit to Kabul. Sources in JamiatUlema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) said that MaulanaFazal-ur-Rehman will leave for Kabul next on the invitation of ...

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EU Calls for Inclusive, Credible Elections

KABUL - The European Union special representative and head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan has urged the Karzai administration and all political actors to do all they can to ensure inclusive elections.Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, who went to Herat on his first domestic trip on Saturday since his arrival in Kabul, called urged candidates to respect election procedures and provide necessary support f ...

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Progress Made, But Still no Clear Signing Date for BSA: Spanta

KABUL - Dr. RanginDadfarSpanta, the National Security Advisor to President Hamid Karzai, in an exclusive interview with TOLOnews on Sunday said that the government has not yet decided on a fixed date for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S. However, he assured most of the agreement was already finalized and hoped the rest would be ironed out soon. "It is a complex agreement, the sign ...

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7 More Launch Quest for Presidency

KABUL - Seven more candidates, including influential political figures, registered their names for next year's presidential polls, taking the number of runners to 16 on Sunday -- the last day of the three-week registration campaign.Six runners Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President Hamid Karzai’s brother Qayyum Karzai, ex-foreign minister ZalmaiRassoul, Mohammad Nader Naeem, HamidullahQadiri and Daud Sultanzoy filed t ...

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Afghan Taliban Supporting Pakistani Militants

Waziristan - The Afghan Taliban are financially supporting Pakistani militants at war with Islamabad and providing sanctuary for them in neighboring Afghanistan, the Pakistani Taliban's spokesman said, highlighting the risk both groups pose to the Pakistani government.The disclosure, which the spokesman made Saturday in an interview with a small group of reporters, is meaningful because Pakistan has long be ...

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US Commando Raids: Libya Calls for Explanation

Mogadishu - Libya's prime minister has called on Washington to explain a special forces raid on its territory, one of two by US commandos in Africa on Saturday.Ali Zeidan's office said he had asked for clarification and stressed Libya was "keen on prosecuting any Libyan citizen inside Libya".The raid captured al-Qaeda leader, Anas al-Liby, whom the US says is "currently lawfully detained outside of Libya". ...

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Britain’s Cameron Faces Party Battle Over EU Referendum

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron's control over his own party looks set to be challenged after a rebel lawmaker on Sunday launched a campaign to bring forward a planned referendum on European Union membership to next year.The move sets up a parliamentary showdown between rival factions of the Conservative Party in November that could re-open divisions Cameron tried to heal earlier this year. To ...

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Somalia’s PM Says Working with other Nations to Defeat al Shabaab

Mogadishu - Somalia's prime minister said on Sunday his government was working with international partners and neighboring states to combat al Shabaab, in the first remarks by the government since Saturday's raid by U.S. forces on a militant base."We have collaboration with the world and with neighboring countries in the battle against al Shabaab," Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon told reporters when asked ...

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US Shutdown is Starting to hit Business, says Commerce Secretary

Washington - US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has warned that business is starting to suffer from the federal shutdown.Her comments at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) came as leaders gathering for the summit voiced worries about the US situation.Philippine President Benigno Aquino said that what happens in the US "affects us all". On Friday, the US defence contractor Lockheed Martin said it ...

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U.N. Syria Peace Envoy Brahimi Says again that Geneva Talks not a Certainty

New York - United Nations peace envoy for Syria, LakhdarBrahimi, repeated on Sunday that it is not certain that peace talks will take place in mid-November in Geneva as planned.Asked if the conference was a certainty, he said in an interview with TV5 television and RFI radio: "No, this is not a certainty. I am trying to invite...I am encouraging everybody to come to Geneva in the second half of November."Br ...

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U.S. Shows Qaeda Pursuit with Libya, Somalia Raids

Washington - U.S. raids in Libya and Somalia that captured an Islamist wanted for bombing its Nairobi embassy 15 years ago show Washington's determination to hunt down al Qaeda leaders around the globe, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.Libyan Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, was seized by U.S. forces in Tripoli on Saturday, the Pentagon said. A seaborne raid on th ...

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Syria Chemical Arms Removal Begins

Damascus - Disarmament experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog have begun destroying Syria's arsenal, a monitoring official has said.The operation is being carried out by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).The mission was established under a UN resolution passed after agreement between Russia and the US. The resolution followed international outrage ...

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Some Interesting Aspects of Election Politics

Afghanistan’s presidential candidates are soon going to kick off election campaigns as the nomination process is going to end on Sunday. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has asserted that it won’t extend the deadline for those who intend to register for running in the forthcoming elections. As the deadline for nomination of presidential candidates is reaching, many new nominations were registered S ...

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NATO Official Confirms Coalition Role in Security for Elections

KABUL - Maurits R. Jochems, NATO's Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, confirmed to TOLOnews that NATO would support Afghan forces in providing security for the upcoming elections and would be involved in transporting ballots to the capital for counting. "The elections are of course Afghan led and Afghan owned as it should be, but we have a supporting role in the security of the elections," Mr. J ...

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