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ISI Help Taliban Run Seminaries: Adib

FAIZABAD: The governor of northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday accused the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, of sheltering 15 high-ranking Taliban leaders involved in sending recruits to eastern Afghan provinces.Dr. Shah Wali Adib told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview the ISI was using new techniques to facilitate the infiltration of insurgents into mountainous parts of Nuristan ...

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NSA Leaks: Obama Hints at Surveillance Rethink

Washington - US President Barack Obama has suggested there may be a review of surveillance by the National Security Agency in the wake of a series of spying revelations. He said in "light of disclosures that have taken place" and public concerns about the programmes "there may be another way of skinning the cat". But Mr Obama said ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden had caused "unnecessary damage" by leaking d ...

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China Denounces Japanese Military Strategy

Beijing - China has denounced Japan's new national security strategy, accusing it of military expansion. Defence Ministry spokesman GengYansheng said in a statement that the move would increase regional tensions, state news agency Xinhua reported. Earlier this week, Japan said it would buy advanced equipment including drones and amphibious vehicles. It comes as Tokyo is embroiled in a bitter row with Beijin ...

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At Least 18 Iraqi Army Officers Killed in Ambush: Sources

Baghdad - At least 18 Iraqi military officers were killed in an ambush on Saturday in the Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar, military sources said. The commander of the army’s Seventh Division as well as the commander of its 28th Brigade and several other high-ranking officers was among those killed in the attack, the sources said. Another 32 soldiers were wounded. It was not immediately clear why so ...

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India Transfers Diplomat to U.N. in Bid to Defuse Row with U.S.

New Delhi - India said on Saturday that it had transferred the diplomat at the center of a row with the United States to its U.N. delegation; a move that it hopes will give her protection from prosecution for visa fraud and underpaying a maid. Whether the accreditation of DevyaniKhobragade as a member of India's U.N. mission leads to a way out of the dispute could depend on the U.S. State Department approvi ...

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Thai Opposition Party to Boycott Election

Bangkok - Thailand's main opposition party announced on Saturday it would boycott an election in February, deepening uncertainty about the poll and fuelling a campaign to overthrow Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra's government. Yingluck called a snap election on December 9 to try to ease simmering tensions but the movement against her is planning mass rallies across Bangkok on Sunday as part of a "people's ...

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Egypt Sends Mursi to Trial in Third Case

Cairo - Egypt referred to trial deposed President Mohamed Mursi and 129 others, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, on Saturday on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. These are the third set of charges brought against Mursi since he was ousted by the army in July amid street protests against his rule and they intensify the relentless re ...

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Sharif Says Friendship among Pakistan, India and Afghanistan is Only Option

Islamabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that Pakistan, Afghanistan and India had no option other than becoming good friends. He added that President Hamid Karzai had agreed not to let his country to be used against Pakistan. In an interview to the Turkish media, Sharif said that neighbours could not be changed. Pakistan, Afghanistan and India only had the option of living like good ...

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Ghazanfar Oil Refinery Re-opens

The Ghazanfar Oil Refinery reopens after the final decision of the Council of Ministers. A review committee and expert analysts have concluded that the refinery meets ANSA (Afghanistan National Standards Authority) and international standards in processes and product quality. All previous allegations against the refinery have been found to be inaccurate and wrongfully claimed. In addition to the Council of ...

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Karzai Open to Signing BSA Soon: MPs

KABUL- A number of MPs on Thursday met with President Hamid Karzai and reported that if the U.S. seriously focuses on the issue of raids on Afghan homes, the President would soon sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014. "Our assessment is that the President insists on the issue of house searches; he wants the Americans to stop searching homes wi ...

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The Mission Accomplished? Think again

NATO member countries are speeding pullout from Afghanistan ahead of the final drawdown of foreign forces by end of 2014. During his visit from British soldiers stationed in Southern Helmand province, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Afghan mission was accomplished and that a 'basic level' of security had been achieved in the country. British Prime Minister's labeling the ongoing war in Afghanistan ...

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US army pays $5.4m for Inoperable Incinerators

KABUL (PAN): The US military in Afghanistan paid $5.4 million for waste incinerators that were never operated because of deficiencies, a federal watchdog said on Monday. Subsequently, American soldiers and other personnel at Forward Operating Base Sharan in southeastern Paktika province had to use hazardous open-air burn pits to dispose of waste. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) paid a contractor for ...

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Afghanistan-England Football Match could Mark End of Taliban War

KABUL- The national football team of Afghanistan is expecting to play a “peace match” with England to mark the end of the war against the Taliban group in Afghanistan.The call for the match was made by British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Afghanistan on Monday. Premier League star Michael Owen, who was accompanying Prime Minister David Cameron in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, ...

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Main Thai Opposition Party Divided over Running in Election

Bangkok- Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party reappointed former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader on Tuesday but members could not agree on whether to run in an early election or stick with street protesters who want to reform the political system. The protesters, backed by the Thai elite and Bangkok's middle class, want to force through political reforms before the snap election called by Prime ...

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South Sudan Hit by Clashes for Second Day, Death Toll at Least 26

Khartoum - Clashes broke out again in the South Sudanese capital Juba on Tuesday, a day after President SalvaKiir said security forces had put down an attempted coup by supporters of his former deputy.Constant gunfire and explosions in the early morning were followed by a few hours of relatively calm before sporadic gunfire restarted, witnesses said. Donald Booth, the U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South S ...

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Kerry Arrives in Manila to Strengthen U.S. Ties with Old Ally

Manila - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday played down tensions with China over territorial disputes in the East China Sea, saying U.S. efforts to strengthen maritime security in South East Asia were part of a normal process to help allies defend themselves better. Kerry said disputes between countries should be resolved peacefully through arbitration and the United States would speak out when C ...

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Ukraine Leader Seeks Cash at Kremlin, Kiev Protest Planned

Kiev - Ukraine's president could secure loans from Russia on Tuesday when he meets Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin - money that could help fend off economic crisis but may fuel anti-government protests in Kiev. Demonstrators demanding that Viktor Yanukovich step down after he spurned a trade and investment deal with the European Union last month plan a new show of force in Ukraine's capital on Tuesday as the ...

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Merkel Elected to Third Term in Parliament Vote

Berlin -Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new "grand coalition" government to be sworn in and formally take power later in the day. Merkel's conservatives scored their best result in over two decades in a German election on September 22 but were forced into lengthy coalition talks with the rival Social ...

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New Kabul Bank Up for Biding

KABUL - Two companies, from of four that have expressed interest in purchasing the New Kabul Bank, submitted their documents to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday.MoF officials said that the documents of these two companies, which they declined to name, would be evaluated by a special commission within the next two weeks. The most company be suited for the deal will have their documents approved and be ...

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Britain Will Stick to 2014 Timetable to Withdraw Troops: Cameron

KABUL - British Prime Minister David Cameron visited troops in southern Helmand province on Monday and stressed that Britain would stick to its timetable to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. He noted the importance of a deal to ensure the framework for training missions and counterterrorism support, to ensure security through the transition and after 2014, when the NATO mandate expire ...

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