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Sweden Ranked First For Treatment of Elderly in UN Report

New York - Sweden is the best place in the world to be old and Afghanistan the worst, according to a UN-backed global study. The Global AgeWatch Index examined the quality of life of the elderly in 91 countries. It warns that many countries do not have adequate support in place for their ageing populations. By 2050, older people will outnumber children under 15 for the first time, with most of the elderly i ...

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2nd Afghan Human Rights Film Festival to be Held in Kabul City

Kabul - The organizers of the "2nd Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival" (AHRFF) on Tuesday said that so far, they have received nearly 380 film entries from different countries. AHRF is an international film festival focusing on the subject of human rights. The event aims to encourage filmmakers who use their cameras to document struggles against discrimination, injustice and violence. The event, organiz ...

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Afghanistan Rated Worst Place in World to be Old

Kabul - new study ranks Afghanistan as the worst place in the world to be old. The Global AgeWatch Index, compiled by the UN Population Fund and the advocacy group HelpAge International, was published on October 1 -- the UN's International Day of Older Persons. It examines the quality of life of the elderly in 91 countries. The top of the list is dominated by countries from Western Europe and North America, ...

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Afghan Mission Unaffected as US Govt Shuts Down

KABUL - For the first time in 17 years, a prolonged budget deadlock forced the US government to shut down on Tuesday, affecting tens of thousands of government employees, reports said. Republican and Democrats failed in their last-minute efforts to talk out their long-running differences on spending on healthcare reforms, now popularly known as Obamacare, according to the Pajhwok correspondent in Washington ...

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Bangladesh MP Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury to Hang for War Crimes

Dhaka - An MP for Bangladesh's main opposition party has been sentenced to death by a war crimes court for charges including murder and genocide during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, the first member of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) to be tried by the court, was found guilty of nine out of 23 charges. The BNP and his lawyers argue that the trial was politicall ...

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More Than 115,000 Killed in Syrian Conflict: Monitoring Group

Damascus -      More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria's two-and-a-half-year-old civil war, including tens of thousands of soldiers, rebels and civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The figure suggested that around 5,000 people had died in September alone and that the bloodshed has not been slowed by an international deal for the elimination of Syria's chemical weap ...

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Chemical Weapons Inspectors Cross into Syria

Damascus - An advance group of international inspectors arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program. Twenty inspectors from a Netherlands-based chemical weapons watchdog crossed into Syria from neighboring Lebanon on their way to Damascus, to begin their complex mission of finding, dismantling and ultimately destr ...

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UN: Nearly 1,000 Iraqis Killed in September

Baghdad- Nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in September, one of the highest monthly death tolls in years, the U.N. said Tuesday, giving a somber figure that reflects the militants' determination to rekindle large-scale sectarian conflict. Iraq is going through its worst surge in violence since 2008, with near-daily militant attacks and relentless bombings blamed on hard-line Sunni insurgents. The surge follow ...

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US Begins Government Shutdown as Budget Deadline Passes

Washington - The US government has begun a partial shutdown after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. The Republican-led House of Representatives insisted on delaying President Barack Obama's healthcare reform - dubbed Obamacare - as a condition for passing a bill. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. It is the fi ...

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South Korea Shows off New Missiles Designed to Hit North

Seoul - South Korea showed off on Tuesday new missiles designed to target North Korea's artillery and long-range missiles and vowed to boost deterrence against its unpredictable neighbor. The ballistic Hyeonmu-2, with a range of 300 km (190 miles), and the Hyeonmu-3, a cruise missile with a range of more than 1,000 km (620 miles) were put on public display for the first time in a rare South Korean military ...

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Afghan Neighbor Tajikistan Ratifies Base Deal with Russia

Moscow - Tajikistan's parliament ratified a deal with Russia on Tuesday to extend by three decades Moscow's military presence in the volatile Central Asian nation, which may face new security threats after NATO troops leave neighbouring Afghanistan. The agreement to prolong the rent-free lease on Base 201 - Russia's biggest military deployment abroad - was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimi ...

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BSA Talks in Sensitive Phase, Says Official

KABUL - Talks between Afghanistan and the United States on a proposed security agreement have reached a very sensitive phase, but some sticking points remained unresolved, a senior official said on Tuesday. “Right now, the parleys have reached a point where President Karzai and the nation have to make a final decision,” the official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity. He said two major point ...

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Dr. Abdullah Files Nomination for Presidency

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), officially filed his nomination for Presidency with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday. Er. Muhammad Khan, the deputy head of the Hezb-e-Islami Party (HIP), and Hajji Muhammad Muhaqeq, the Chairman of the Hezb-e-Wahdat-e-Milli Mardom Afghanistan (HWMMA), also filed their nomination for the post of First Vice- ...

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Afghans Can Overcome the Pressure, Says Kabir Khan

The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship has come down to the wire, with the second team to qualify alongside Ireland to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be determined by the final two games of the Championship, when fourth-placed Afghanistan takes on Kenya on 2 and 4 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Afghanistan (15 points) requires a clean sweep against Kenya in the seventh and final round ...

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