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AIHRC Seeks End to Culture of Impunity

KABUL - The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Monday voiced its grave concern over women’s continuing plight, including murder, rape and summary execution. The independent watchdog attributed the worrying situation to limited access to education, the government’s failure to pay attention to their rights and poor rule of law in the country. In a statement, the commission said it had ...

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Why Delay in Signing the BSA?

The Loya Jirga endorsed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States, calling on President Karzai to sign the deal as quickly as possible. However, it seems that the president is going to delay signing the security agreement with the US, as he suggested in his remarks in the Loya Jirga. Whatever intentions the President may have from the delay, it does not seem to be in i ...

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Us – Afghan Strategic Agreement & Jirgas

A.J. Ahwar - There are many questions surrounding the strategic agreement between the USA and Afghan governments. What is the US view on the agreement? What are the Afghan government's benefits? what the elites of Afghanistan are thinking about? What the Afghan youths expect? What human rights organizations demand? What is the short-term and long-term outcomes of this agreement for Afghanistan? Why Jirgas a ...

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Tens of Thousands Rally In Kiev for Closer EU Ties

Kiev - Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central Kiev on Sunday to demand that the Ukrainian government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the European Union in defiance of Russia. The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned a fraudulent presidential election result and brought a Western-leaning government to power. ...

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Paris Shootings Suspect Abdelhakim Dekhar Charged

Paris - Preliminary charges of attempted murder and kidnapping have been lodged against a man held on suspicion of carrying out recent gun attacks in Paris. Abdelhakim Dekhar was arrested in a car park in Paris on Wednesday after French police launched a large-scale manhunt. He is suspected of threatening a TV station a week ago, before attacking a newspaper office and bank HQ on Monday. Prosecutors have sa ...

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Key Points in Iran Nuclear Deal with World Powers

Geneva- Iran struck a historic nuclear deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers. Here are some key points in the agreement and why they matter for Iran and the international community: HALTING URANIUM ENRICHMENT ABOVE 5 PERCENT This would keep Iran's enrichment level well below the threshold needed for weapons-grade material, which is more than 90 percent enrichment. Uranium enriched t ...

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Polls Unlikely in Some Ghazni Areas

GHAZNI CITY - Residents on Sunday said they did not believe next year’s elections could be held in insurgency-plagued parts of the southern province, but security officials insisted elaborate measures were being put in place. A Zankhan district resident, Mohammad Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, the Taliban held sway over most parts of the district and would not allow ...

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Pakistan Reopens Torkham Border-Crossing

JALALABAD - Pakistan on Sunday reopened the Torkham border-crossing that was closed a day earlier for vehicular traffic and travellers, officials said. Pakistani guards allowed travellers on foot to cross the frontier this morning, a border police officer, Mohammad Ayub Hussainkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News. On Saturday, the Pakistani guards said the border-crossing had been closed in compliance with direct ...

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No Reason for Deferring Accord: Mujaddedi

KABUL - Former president and consultative Loya Jirga chairman, Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Saturday opined the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and United States should be signed before the presidential vote. As the 50 jirga committees embarked on their proceedings, Mujaddedi told journalists that President Hamid Karzai did not reserve the right to postpone inking of the security deal. ...

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Indonesia Orders Mass Evacuation as Alert Raised on Sumatra Volcano

Jakarta - Indonesia ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents near an active volcano in the west of the vast archipelago on Sunday as authorities raised the alert for the emergency to the highest level. Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra has become increasingly active in recent months, spewing columns of ash several km into the air. Authorities expanded the evacuation radius to 5 km (three miles) from ...

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China Establishes ‘Air-Defence Zone’ Over East China Sea

Beijing - China has demarcated an "air-defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. China's defence ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures". The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are a source of rising tension between the countries. Japan lodged a strong prot ...

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Syria Conflict: Children ‘Targeted by Snipers’

Damascus - More than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says.  Summary executions and torture have also been used against children as young as one, the London-based Oxford Research Group think tank says. The report says the majority of children have been killed by bombs or shells in their own neighbourhoods. It wants fig ...

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Kerry in London to Meet British, Libyan Officials

London - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in London following two days of tense negotiations in Geneva that led the United States and five other nations to an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Kerry landed in London on Sunday for talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan. The State Department says Kerry will talk to the two about Iran, Syria, pea ...

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Bombs Kill Nine and Wound 54 in Northern Iraq

Baghdad - A car bomb and a suicide bomber killed at least nine people and wounded 54 in northern Iraq on Saturday, police and medical sources said, in the latest of a wave of attacks in crowded public places. The bombings took place in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (100 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, in a region which both the central government and autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan claim as theirs. The f ...

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Scores Killed As Rebels Battle to Break Siege of Damascus Suburbs

Damascus-  A ferocious battle in the eastern suburbs of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said on Sunday. The fighting began on Friday when rebel units attacked a string of military checkpoints encircling the opposition-held suburbs in an area known as the Eastern Ghouta, wh ...

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David Cameron ‘Exactly Right’ on Migration, Says Michael Gove

London- PM David Cameron has "struck exactly the right note on migration", Education Secretary Michael Gove has said. The Sunday Times reports that Mr Cameron wants to quadruple the period that EU migrants need to have spent in the UK before they qualify for benefits from three months to a year. But a Lib Dem cabinet minister has suggested that this could put the UK on the wrong side of the argument. Restri ...

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Egypt’s Interim President Signs Law Restricting Protests: State TV

Cairo- Egypt's interim president signed into law on Sunday a bill that rights groups have said sharply curbs the rights of citizens to assemble and protest peacefully. State television reported that Adli Mansour had signed the bill, which requires protesters to receive advance permission from the police before gathering. In the nearly three years since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprisin ...

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U.S., Japan Slam China’s ‘Destabilizing’ Move on East China Sea Airspace

Washington - Japan and ally the United States sharply criticized China's move to impose new rules on airspace over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Tokyo, warning of an escalation into the "unexpected" if Beijing enforces the rules. China's government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established "East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone," which covers most of ...

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Kerry: Delay in Deal Signing Unacceptable

KABUL - All American soldiers will be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year if the bilateral security agreement (BSA) is not signed by the end of 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned President Hamid Karzai on Friday. Kerry delivered the message through a telephone call to Karzai on Friday, a day after the president told Loya Jirga participants in Kabul that the deal would be signed after the 2014 pr ...

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Most Jirga Committees Want Deal inked in 6 Weeks

KABUL - The consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States entered its final day on Sunday, when almost all 50 committee heads recommended the pact should be signed withing six weeks. Najiba Hussaini, the committee number 3 chairperson, called for signing the agreement, shaping a US military presence in post-2014 Afghanistan, called for signing the deal before the 2 ...

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