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Kabul-Islamabad Cooperation on Peace Efforts

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged support for the Afghan peace efforts. Sharif was speaking at a press conference after he met President Hamid Karzai at the end of his one-day visit from Kabul on Saturday. Sharif’s explicit pledge to support the Afghan peace process is marking an important sign for the future of a mutual cooperation between the two countries over the peace talks with Taliban ...

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Nepotism in Afghanistan

Nageena Naseri - Afghanistan is an underdeveloped country and it’s said that two-thirds of the population is fewer than 30 which obviously makes Afghanistan a country of young people. In the midst of crunching times, Afghanistan is facing severe issues such as terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, disunity. The young people of the country are often called as the builders of tomorrow. I do agree that the young peo ...

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U.S. Airlines Advised to Give China Flight Plans over New Defense Zone

Washington - The United States advised its commercial airlines to notify Chinese authorities of flight plans when travelling through an air defense zone that Beijing established a week ago over the East China Sea, ratcheting up regional tensions. The United States said it expected U.S. carriers to operate in line with so-called notices to airmen issued by foreign countries, adding, however, that the decisio ...

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US: Tough Sanctions on Iran Remain Despite Deal

Washington - The Obama administration said on Friday that it was maintaining tough oil-related sanctions against Iran even though the U.S. and five other world powers have signed an initial deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. The White House said in a statement that there appears to be a sufficient supply of non-Iranian oil to permit foreign countries ...

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Pakistan and Afghanistan Have Potential to Enhance Bilateral Trade to US$ 5billion

Kabul- EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN: Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Muhammad Sadiq, said that Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed excellent trade relations and both countries had tremendous potential to increase their bilateral trade from the existing level of US$ 2.5 to $5 billion in the years ahead. He said that Pakistan had been encouraging and facilitating the Afghan traders and businessmen with the object to ...

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Hundreds Protest Against New Identity Cards in Kabul

KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest in the capital Kabul against not mentioning words Afghan and religion in new computerized national identity cards. Earlier in March this year, comprised of seven chapters and 39 articles, the draft of census law was sent to the National Assembly by the Ministry of Justice. After some amendments, the Wolesi Jirga -- Lower House of Parliament sent t ...

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Karzai Vehemently Condemns Attack on Tokhi

KABUL (PAN): Condemning the suicide attack on MP Hamidullah Tokhi, President Hamid Karzai said posing as a guest and then carrying out a suicide attack was against the established norms and tradition of Afghanistan. A statement issued by the presidential palace said Saturday that a suicide bomber on Friday forced his way by posing himself as guest into the house of Hamidullah Tokhi, Zabul representative at ...

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‘UK to Stand Firm with Afghan Women in Struggle against Violence’

LONDON (PAN): In her article, British Senior Minister of State Baroness Warsi on the eve of International Woman Human Rights Defenders Day said UK would stand firmly with Afghan women in their struggle against violence. “We’re currently in the middle of an international campaign to end violence against women; a campaign that’s of vital importance to Afghanistan. It’s been reported that 87% of Afghan women e ...

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No Pact Signing Until Arbitrary Acts end: Karzai

KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said "for as long as arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed." The president expressed these views in the wake of a coalition forces’ airstrike that killed an eight-year-old child in southern Helmand province. The drone strike on Thursday also killed a Taliban commander and injured two ...

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Peaceful Afghanistan in Pakistan Interest: Sharif

KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said it was in Pakistan’s interest to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan, revealing an agreement had been reached with President Karzai on a mechanism to allow Afghan peace negotiators to continue talks with Mullah Baradar, the Taliban number two. However, Sharif, who appeared in a joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai after ...

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Obamacare: President Defends Healthcare ‘Legacy’

Washington- President Barack Obama has defended his healthcare reform law, known as Obamacare, describing it as a legacy to be proud of. In a TV interview, Mr Obama accepted that problems with the website had affected his popularity, but said every president went through rough times. Obamacare was intended to extend health insurance coverage to some of the estimated 15% of Americans who lack it. The governm ...

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Britain’s Cameron ‘Turns Page’ on Dalai Lama Row with China Visit

Beijing - Britain has put a diplomatic rift with China over the Dalai Lama behind it and Prime Minister David Cameron has no plans to meet Tibet's spiritual leader again, a senior source in his office said ahead of a visit by the British leader to Beijing. Instead, Cameron will use a three-day visit to China next week, his first since the Dalai Lama rift, to focus on deepening trade ties with the world's se ...

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Leading Egyptian Activist Turns Himself in

Cairo - Ahmad Maher, a symbol of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, turned himself in to the authorities on Saturday after an order for his arrest was made for defying a tough new law restricting demonstrations. The protest law, passed a week ago by the army-backed interim government, has provoked an outcry among rights groups. The army deposed elected Islamist President Mohame ...

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French Parliament Backs Reform of Law on Prostitution

Paris  - The French parliament early on Saturday backed a reform of the country's prostitution law that will impose a 1,500-euro fine on anyone paying for sex. The bill will give France some of the toughest legislation on prostitution in Europe, similar to that of Sweden. Under the new bill, prostitutes' clients will become offenders while soliciting itself will no longer be considered a criminal offence. P ...

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North Korea Showcases Detained U.S. Pensioner as War Criminal

Pyongyang - North Korea accused a detained U.S. veteran on Saturday of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago and showed a video of the 85-year-old making a full confession and apology as if the battles are still raging. The North's KCNA news agency said Merrill E. Newman, a former special forces officer, was a mastermind of clandestine operations and had confessed to being "guilty of a long l ...

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U.S. Offers to Destroy Syria’s Chemicals at Sea: OPCW

Washington - The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a U.S. ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Saturday, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been under pressure to find an alternative plan for the destruction of Syria's poison gas arsenal after Albania ba ...

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Mishandling the BSA Negotiations

Despite that the Loya Jirga has endorsed the security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, President Karzai is once again endangering a long-term Afghanistan-US security partnership by delaying sighing of the critical document. In an effort to resolve the last-minute differences and gauge the stance of the Afghan government over the security agreement after Jirga endorsement, US National Sec ...

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Turks Worry as Sons Go to Fight in Syria

Ankara - Abu Huseyin says he has sent dozens of people from this ancient city in southeastern Turkey to join jihadist groups in northern Syria and vows to continue helping them fulfill what he says is their duty to God. Several hundred Turks are estimated to be among thousands of foreigners swelling the ranks of Islamist rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces, generating what some politicians sa ...

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‘Aynak Mine Project Offers Opportunities but Challenges Persist’

KABUL (PAN): Presenting its much-awaited report on the vital Aynak mine project on Tuesday, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) report discusses the opportunities‐challenges in the prevailing conditions the country and its people will face as a result of the Aynak mining project. The report said the challenges that would arise as a result of beginning to invest in these unexploited resources as Afghanista ...

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Karzai Not Willing to Ink BSA, Says White House

WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is ready to sign the bilateral security agreement in coming days, National Security Advisor Susan Rice has told President Hamid Karzai, but the later insisted he is not prepared yet, the White House said Monday. "Rice conveyed to Karzai that the US welcomes the Loya Jirga's overwhelming endorsement of the US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and is prepared t ...

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