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Border Controls to be Tightened, Says Islamabad

KABUL- Senior Afghan and Pakistani security officials would meet soon to discuss regulating cross-border movements, in an effort to curb the insurgency in areas along the frontier, Islamabad says. Islamabad was taking steps to tighten control over the porous western border, Pakistan's foreign policy advisor Sartaj Aziz said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. He hoped the move would help improve relatio ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s post-2014 Security

Only days after comments made by a British military official about the risk of some areas in south Afghanistan being lost to the Taliban after 2014, a US intelligence assessment suggests that there is a real possibility that the security achievements gained in Afghanistan during past twelve years may quickly start rolling back in the face of a Taliban resurgence after 2014. According to the National Intelli ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy, From Civil War to 2014 And Beyond

AttaullahNawrozy - Afghanistan has been a war stricken country. The civil war for overly three decades destroyed the infrastructure in the country altogether, which profoundly affected the economy of Afghanistan. During the civil war, Afghanistan’seconomy descended to the lowest level that led the GDP (PPP) of Afghanistan at average $2billion in a year. (indexmundi.com) The civil war ended and gave birth to ...

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Senate Panel to Probe Logar Entry Test Issue

KABUL - A day after cancellation of exams in central Logar province, some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday called for impartial and transparent entry tests.About 3,632 new school graduates, including 280 girls, appeared in the entry test in Logar last Thursday. A 28-member delegation of the Higher Education Ministry had been in the province to oversee the process. But the delegation threw answer sheets in w ...

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Benghazi US Mission Attack: ‘no Direct Al-Qaeda Role’

Benghazi - Al-Qaeda had no direct involvement in the September 2012 attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, according to a New York Times investigation.The US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed when gunmen stormed the compound and set it on fire.Some US Republicans accuse the Obama administration of failing to admit the involvement of terrorist groups. But the New York Times ( ...

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Saudi Royal Faces Death Penalty for Murder: Newspaper

Riyadh - A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom's ruling family facing the death penalty. The English-language Arab News did not name the prince or his victim, but said a senior member of the family and government, Crown Prince Salman, had "cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of mur ...

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Protests against Bangladesh Election Turn Violent

Damascus - Barrels packed with explosives and dropped from Syrian aircraft have killed 517 people in the northern province of Aleppo since 15 December, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 151 were children and 46 women. The city of Aleppo has been the focus of bitter fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels. A Norwegian frigate is meanwhile preparing to collect ...

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Iraq Troops Arrest Leading Sunni MP in Violent Raid

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces arrested a prominent Sunni Muslim lawmaker and supporter of anti-government protests in a raid on his home in the western province of Anbar, sparking clashes in which at least five people were killed, police sources said. The violent arrest of Ahmed al-Alwani is likely to inflame tensions in Sunni-dominated Anbar, where protesters have been demonstrating against what they see ...

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Protesters Gather at Libyan Ministries Demanding PM Quit

Tripoli - Protesters gathered outside ministries and major institutions across Libya's capital on Sunday, state news agency Lana reported, and those at the foreign ministry said they wanted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to quit. Zeidan's government is struggling to assert control over the North African country, which is in turmoil and has been awash with arms since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. ...

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Blast at Egyptian Army Building Wounds Four Soldiers in Delta

Cairo - A bomb targeted an Egyptian military intelligence building north of Cairo on Sunday, wounding four soldiers, the army said, in the second bomb attack on the security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week. The bomb went off near an entrance to the building in the village of Anshas, 100 km (65 miles) north of Cairo in Sharkiya province. It partially destroyed the back wall of the building, the ...

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French ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ Gets Constitutional Go-Ahead

Paris - France's Constitutional Council gave the green light on Sunday to a 'millionaire's tax', to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1 million euros ($1.38 million) a year. The measure, introduced in line with a pledge by President Francois Hollande to make the rich do more to pull France out of crisis, has infuriated business leaders and soccer clubs, which at one point threatened to g ...

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Woman Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 13 at Russian Station

Moscow - A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the entrance hall of a Russian train station on Sunday, killing at least 13 people in the second deadly attack in the space of three days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics. The state Investigative Committee said the bomber detonated her explosives in front of a metal detector just inside the main entrance of Volgograd station. Footage sho ...

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Chaos if BSA Not Signed: US Intelligence Report

KABUL - Afghanistan will slide into chaos if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) on America's military presence there beyond 2014 remains elusive, an influential US newspaper reported on Sunday, saying the pact is essential for continued international aid. The Washington Post, referring to a new US intelligence assessment, said the gains the Washington and allies had made in Afghanistan over the past thr ...

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Ghani Ahead of Abdullah in New Survey

KABUL - Dr. Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official and finance minister, is leading the race for the presidency, followed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, according to a new opinion poll released on Sunday. Jointly conducted by Glevum Associates, a Washington-based research company, and Asia Innovative Research Communication, the survey puts President Hamid Karzai’s brother Qayyum Karzai in third place. Twenty ...

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War Criminals among Candidates: ECC

Kabul- Abdul SatarSaadat, the head of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), recently acknowledged that among the 11 Presidential candidates running in the 2014 elections there are a number of war criminals. The top election official's comments are likely to stir up some controversy, being embraced by human rights activists who have voiced similar statements recently and condemned by candidates looking ...

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Pakistani Army’s Anti-Taliban Offensive

Shortly after appointment of a new chief for Pakistan’s military, the country’s army launched an offensive against Taliban insurgents in the tribal region of North Waziristan. The operation began after a suicide bombing targeted a military checkpoint in North Waziristan last week. The military says dozens of extremists including Uzbeks and other foreigners had been killed during the operations in recent wee ...

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Obama Signs Bill Including Afghan War Funds

KABUL - US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a compromise defence bill that includes funds for the American military campaign in Afghanistan. The defense bill also seeks closure of the US detention facility in Guantanamo in and stepped-up repatriation of detainees from the naval base. But it prevents transfer of detainees to the US, a restriction opposed by Obama. Containing $552.1 billion ...

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Taking Power in New Delhi, ‘Common Man’ Leader Talks of Revolution

New Delhi - There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India's upstart "common man party" arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, India's capital. Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as ArvindKejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed after a stunning electoral debut that has jolted the c ...

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U.S. Military Personnel Released After Being Held by Libya Government

Tripoli - Four American military personnel were detained by the Libyan government on Friday and held in custody for several hours before being released, U.S. officials said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Barack Obama's administration was looking into the incident, but confirmed that "all four U.S. military personnel being held in Libyan government custody have been released." A U.S. ...

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Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria Delayed: Watchdog

Damascus - The removal of deadly toxins from Syria under an international effort to rid the nation of its chemical arsenal will likely miss a December 31 deadline, the global chemical arms watchdog said. Bad weather and shifting battlefronts in Syria's civil war have delayed the delivery of essential supplies to sites where the toxins are being prepared to be sent to Latakia port, the Organisation for the P ...

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