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BSA to be Scrapped if Raids Continue: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said he would consult with Loya Jirga and US leaders on amendments to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before signing the vital security pact. However, he gave no clear timeframe.  “We want the US to be sincere in implementing this important deal,” the president told the concluding session of the tribal assembly in Kabul, identifying peace and transparent elect ...

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Loya Jirga: The Future of the Afghanistan at Stake

By Abdul Ahad Bahrami - The Afghan government is preparing for convening the Loya Jirga for deciding the fate of the Afghanistan-US security deal and the presence of US forces after withdrawal of the country by 2014. According to organizing officials, it is expected that the participant of the Jirga would soon be invited to come to Kabul for participating in the traditional gathering. The gathering is aimed ...

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War and Peace: Islamic Party Playing Double Game

Hikmatyar-led Islamic Party members will participate in the upcoming Loya Jirga, due to be held on Nov 21, 2013, in Kabul. According to Afghan officials, the list of representatives of the anti-government party has been handed to the Afghan government. The government of Afghanistan had previously called on the insurgent groups to take part in political processes in the country including the forthcoming Loya ...

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Syrian Kurds’ Military Gains Stir Unease

Damascus - With a string of military gains across northeastern Syria, a Kurdish militia is solidifying a geographic and political presence in the war-torn country, posing a dilemma for regional powers. Long oppressed under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, Kurds view the civil war as an opportunity to gain the kind of autonomy enjoyed by their ethnic kin in neighboring Iraq. But th ...

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Paksitan to Sponsor Additional 600 Afghan Students for Higher Studies

Kabul: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, while addressing a sending off ceremony arranged by the Pakistan Embassy for Afghan students proceeding to various Pakistani universities under a scholarship programme, said that Pakistan accorded significant importance to the development and strengthening of health and education sectors in Afghanistan.  In this regard, Pakistan had accomplished a ...

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Haqqani’s Son Murdered in Islamabad

KABUL (PAN): A son of the Haqqani Network’s leader has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a militant leader said on Monday. Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, was gunned down in front of his residence in Islamabad last night, a senior Taliban leader confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. There was no immediate of claim of responsibility for the murder that happen ...

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Italy PM Urges Germany to Move on Growth

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta urged the next German government on Monday to push for more growth in Europe, saying it was in Berlin's own interest to ensure that economies across the continent pulled out of recession. "The hope is that it brings economic policies which consider that recovery in Europe is a priority for Germany as well," Letta told a news conference with Maltese Prime Minister J ...

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British-Educated Woman Speaks for Hamas Government in Gaza

Gaza - The Islamist Hamas group, long shunned by the West and increasingly isolated in the Middle East, has appointed its first spokeswoman, a 23-year-old who used to live in Britain and speaks with a Yorkshire accent. Isra Al-Modallal's job is to convey the views of the Hamas government that controls Gaza to the foreign media. She is not a member of the Islamist group. She wears a traditional headscarf alo ...

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China to Try Mongol Herders in New Crackdown in Troubled Region

Beijing - Six herders will stand trial on Wednesday in China's Inner Mongolia after trying to defend grazing land from expropriation by a forestry firm, in a case that will renew attention on rights abuses and the environment in the resource-rich region. Ethnic Mongols have long complained that their traditional grazing lands have been ruined by mining and desertification, and that the government has tried ...

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Four Men Jailed Over Moscow Airport Bombing

Moscow- A Russian court jailed three men for life and one for 10 years on Monday over their role in a suicide bombing which killed 37 people at Moscow's Domodedovo airport nearly three years ago. Chechen warlord Doku Umarov says he ordered the attack on January 24, 2011, as part of an Islamist insurgency against Russian rule of the North Caucasus and has urged supporters to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics i ...

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France’s Hollande Booed at Tribute to Fallen WWI Soldiers

  Paris - French police arrested about 70 people at an Armistice Day memorial ceremony on Monday after protesters who the government said were linked to the far right booed President Francois Hollande. Newscasters said it was the first time a French head of state had been jeered on November 11, which commemorates the signing of the armistice in 1918 between World War One allies and Germany. Scuffles er ...

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China Bo Xilai Supporters Set up Political Party

Beijing - Supporters of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai say they have set up a political party, and made Bo the party chairman. Wang Zheng told the BBC she was inspired to set up the Zhi Xian Party after following the trial of Bo. It is a highly unusual move in China, where the ruling Communist Party retains a monopoly on power. Bo, the former Chongqing Party chief, was given a life sentence in Septem ...

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Syria Opposition Accepts Peace Talks, Says Assad Must Go

Damascus - Syria's Western-backed opposition agreed on Monday to attend planned peace talks in Geneva but said President Bashar al-Assad could play no part in a transitional government aimed at ending the 2-1/2-year-old civil war. The Syrian National Coalition also demanded the release of women and children from Syrian jails and an easing of military sieges of rebel-held areas as a precondition for going to ...

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Election Complaints Review May be Extended

KABUL - If necessary, the review of complaints against candidates running in the spring elections could be extended, said Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials on Monday. They said that the integrity of the process superseded the need to stay on scheduled and release the final list of candidates by November 16. The ECC's complaints review process began over a week ago, and was only planned to last ...

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Decision on Troop Pullout after BSA: UK

LASHKARGAH (PAN): British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Monday said his country would decide on pulling out troops from Helmand province with after the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington. Hammond expressed the views at a meeting with Governor Gen. Mohammad Naeem at a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in Lashkargah, the Helmand capital His visit was ...

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Taliban Condemns Loya Jirga, Threatens Participants

KABUL- In a statement released on Monday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denounced the upcoming Loya Jirga and said signing a Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) would be a betrayal to Afghanistan, adding that insurgents would target Jirga participants if they voted in favor of the BSA. President Hamid Karzai announced that a Loya Jirga would be held to decide on the fate of the Afghan- ...

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The Prospect of Pakistan’s Talks with Militants

Pakistan’s Tehrik-e Taliban’s new leader Mullah Fazlullah rejected peace talks with the government of Pakistan immediately after being selected as the leader of the militant group. Mullah Fazlullah’s appointment as the leader of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) came as a very significant change in the Taliban’s leadership. This is meaning that more hard-line elements of the group have taken the leadershi ...

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Paris Theatre Technical Director Toledano Dies after Blast

Paris - The technical director of a Paris musical died of a heart attack after a faulty power tool set off fireworks at an arena, investigators said. Police said Marcus Toledano, 41, was among several people who rushed to the scene of the blast at the Palais des Sports in the south-west of the city. A second explosion then caused a wall to collapse. Several others were injured, five seriously, police said. ...

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Rouhani Says Iran Rejects Threats, Cites Red Lines in Nuclear Talks

Geneva - President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's diplomatic opening to big powers, said on Sunday it would not yield to any threats or discrimination in an apparent bid to keep hardliners on side as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear program. He was speaking to the Iranian parliament, a bastion of conservatives, a day after the Islamic Republic and the six powers narrowed differences at talks i ...

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VIP Guards to Be Withdrawn: Gen. Sherzad

JALALABAD - The new police chief says he has put in place measures to improve the security situation in eastern Nangarhar province, including withdrawal of security guards form very prominent persons (VIPs). Brig. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview on Sunday he had devised a number of plans which, if implemented, could address security concerns. Over the past few ...

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