You Are Here: Home » 2013 » November (Page 6)

US-Pakistan Relations after Mehsud’s Death

The US drone attack in Pakistan’s northeastern Waziristan, which killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, has put US-Pakistani relations once again into test after relative improvements in the bilateral relations between the two uneasy allies who have had strained ties in recent years. After the Friday attack, a Pakistani minister was quick to label the killing as “death of peace” talks with the T ...

Read more

U.N. Nuclear Chief Expected to Visit Iran Next Week: State TV

Tehran - U.N. nuclear agency Chief Yukiya Amano is expected to visit Tehran on November 11, Iranian state television said on Tuesday, a possible sign of progress in a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Tehran. After years of worsening confrontation with the West, Iran has switched to a conciliatory mode - entailing diplomacy in search of a peaceful solution to its disputed nu ...

Read more

Businesswomen Meet to Debate Challenges

KABUL - More than 300 women assembled at an event in Kabul on Tuesday to find solutions for their increasing role in businesses and entrepreneurship development in Afghanistan. The assembly of women entrepreneurs, the first of its kind, was convened by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Equality Project. A round-tabl ...

Read more

Procurement Process Being Decentralized: Zakhilwal

KABUL (PAN) Lack of transparency in procurement led to greater project costs in Afghanistan, compared with other countries in the region, the finance minister said o Tuesday. Speaking at the first National Procurement Conference in Kabul, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said the absence of huge companies and the security situation in Afghanistan made the procurement process problematic. Pointing to procurement rules, ...

Read more

Germany: Huge Art Hoard Includes Unknown Chagall

Berlin - A hoard of more than 1,400 artworks found by tax investigators in a German apartment includes a previously unknown piece by Marc Chagall and works by some of the masters of the 20th century, authorities said Tuesday. Some of the works are believed to have been missing since they were seized by the Nazis. Investigators searched the apartment in an upscale Munich district in February 2012, as part of ...

Read more

Bangladesh Court Sentences 152 to Death for 2009 Mutiny

Dhaka - A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people among hundreds of border guards accused of murder and arson during a mutiny at their headquarters in 2009. Some 850 people had been accused of involvement in the bloody rampage that broke out in the capital, Dhaka, and quickly spread to a dozen other towns, killing 74 people. Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol told Reut ...

Read more

European Commission Predicts ‘Turning Point’ in Europe

Brussels - The European Commission has said the European economy has reached a "turning point", but the eurozone will grow less quickly than previously expected. The Commission said there were "signs of hope" that had started to turn into "tangible positive outcomes". But in the eurozone - the 18 nations that use the euro - it predicted growth of 1.1% next year. This is the second downward revision of 2014 ...

Read more

Spain Newspaper to Help Spying Probe

Madrid - A Spanish newspaper said Tuesday it will hand over to a prosecutor documents it claims show Spain was a target for surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. Spain's prosecutor's office opened a preliminary inquiry into the allegations a day after El Mundo published the first document last Monday. The inquiry will establish whether a crime was committed in Spain and if a formal investigatio ...

Read more

Israel, Palestinians Grim on Peace Talks before Kerry Visit

Jerusalem - Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at unannounced times and at secret locations in line with pledges to keep a lid on leaks. But both sides have been airing thei ...

Read more

Italian Senate to Vote on Berlusconi Expulsion on Nov 27

Rome - Italian Senators will vote on November 27 on whether to expel center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament over a conviction for tax fraud, officials said on Tuesday. The vote has the potential to trigger a new crisis for Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile ruling coalition of left and right, given Berlusconi's repeated threats to pull his People of Freedom (PDL) group out of the governmen ...

Read more

Syria Talks Under Way, Damascus Insists Assad Will Stay

Damascus - Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met U.S. and Russian officials on Tuesday to discuss convening long-delayed Syrian peace talks this year despite disputes over President Bashar al-Assad's future and whether his ally Iran can attend. Hours earlier, Damascus reiterated that Assad will stay in power come what may, casting doubt on the political transition that is the main focus of the proposed "Geneva 2" confe ...

Read more

Minister of Women’s Affairs Calls for Female Votes

ABUL- Husn Bano Ghazanfar, the Minister of Women's Affairs, on Tuesday spoke to a gathering in Kabul in which she said getting Afghan women to participate in the upcoming elections was imperative, and that it would be the only way to ensure continued progress on women's issues. The spring elections have been called the most important test for the Afghan government in the past twelve years, marking what coul ...

Read more

Meshrano Jirga Summons top Election Officials

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday decided to summon top election officials to brief the upper house on progress and problems in the lead-up to next year’s presidential and provincial council polls. Participating in a debate on problems concerning the April 5 vote, lawmakers decided to summon senior officials of Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IE ...

Read more

Clinton Warned of ISI-Haqqani Network Links

WASHINGTON - Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told Pakistan in 2011 about the relationship between the Haqqani network and the ISI, and how the terrorist outfit carried out strikes across the border in Afghanistan. Clinton told her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in New York the US had significant evidence of the Haqqani network organising and executing attacks on the US embassy and ISAF he ...

Read more

Afghan Forces and the Post-2014 War

Ahead of withdrawal of foreign troops, the capabilities and readiness of Afghan forces is a main concern for Afghans who are worried about stability of the country after 2014. According to the Afghan and US officials, the Taliban have been unable to capture any ground from Afghan forces that have been fighting the insurgency alone for the first time since the US invasion in 2001. However, the US and NATO of ...

Read more

Iran Revolutionary Guards Commander Killed in Syria

Tehran - A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been killed in Syria after volunteering to defend a Shi'ite shrine in Damascus, the Iranian Mehr news agency said on Monday. Commander Mohammad Jamalizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the southeastern province of Kerman was killed in the last few days by "Wahhabi terrorists", the agency said, giving no more details. The report co ...

Read more

ECC Reviews Challenges of Provincial Council Candidates

KABUL - On the second day of its open review process, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Monday began inspection of challenges from Provincial Council candidates who were disqualified. While the bulk of the ECC's two-week review process, which began on Sunday, will be evaluating complaints against candidates filed by the public, another aspect of it will be assessing challenges from Presidential a ...

Read more

Foreign Workers Stay Home to Escape Saudi Visa Crackdown

Riyadh - The streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh were unusually quiet on Monday as many expatriates stayed at home to avoid the start of a government crackdown on illegal foreign workers. Building sites were deserted, Riyadh's stuttering rush-hour traffic flowed smoothly and many shops and market stalls were closed in normally busy neighborhoods that are home to large numbers of Saudi Arabia's lower-income ...

Read more

Thousands of Russian Nationalists Rally in Anti-Immigrant Protests

Moscow - Thousands of Russian nationalists rallied across the country on National Unity Day on Monday, in a sign of the growing strength of far-right political forces galvanized by an anti-immigrant agenda. Hard-line nationalists have adopted the holiday, which commemorates the liberation of Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, as an occasion to hold annual "Russian Marches". This year's rallies were larger ...

Read more

Overnight Shelling Takes Death Toll in North Yemen to 100, Say Salafis

Sana’a - Overnight shelling has taken the death toll from fighting between rival Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim groups in a northern town in Yemen to at least 100 people, a spokesman for one of the groups said on Monday. Sectarian fighting in the town of Damaj has cast a shadow over national reconciliation efforts in Yemen, a neighbor of oil exporter Saudi Arabia and home to one of al Qaeda's most active wings wh ...

Read more

Copyright © 2014 The Afghanistan Express Daily - All Rights Reserved.

Scroll to top