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Afghan-US Relations in Nosedive Collapse

At a critical juncture of time for the Afghan war, the relation between the government of Afghanistan and the United States is in nosedive deterioration with the Afghan government resolved to confront the US by releasing Taliban prisoners and alleging false claims against the United States. The New York Times reported that the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provid ...

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Candidates Must Focus Campaigns on Substance, Not Ethnicity: FEFA

Kabul- the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday directed attention to candidate campaigns in the upcoming elections, saying that the Afghan people expect honest campaigning based on substantive platforms, not ethnic ties. The statement came only a few days remain before the official campaign period for Presidential candidates begins on February 2.The April elections will mark a ...

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Obama to Lay out Go-It-Alone Approach in State of Union Speech

WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama will lay out a strategy for getting around a divided Congress and boosting middle-class prosperity on Tuesday in a State of the Union speech that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a difficult year.Obama will make clear in his 9 p.m. address that he is willing to bypass U.S. lawmakers and go it alone in some areas by announcing a series of executive actions t ...

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Kabul May Ink BSA If U.S. Accepts Peace Talks Failure

The pending Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), which would ensure a continued military partnership between the two countries post-2014, could be finalized soon so long as the U.S. recognizes its peace-seeking failures, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Imal Faizi said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, President Karzai has reiterated his preconditions for signing the agreement with the U.S., which in ...

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Ukraine PM Resigns amid Unrest, Parliament Revokes Anti-Protest Laws

KIEV- Ukrainian Prime Minister MykolaAzarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, back-tracked and overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.The first concrete concessions by Yanukovich since the crisis erupted two months ago brought cries of 'Hurrah!' from several thousand demonstrators on Kiev's Indepe ...

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Gunmen Kill Egyptian General; Ousted Mursi Defiant at Trial

Qairo- Suspected Islamist gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in Cairo on Tuesday in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.General Mohamed Saeed, head of the ministry's technical office, was shot in his car outside his home in daytime.The shooting occurred hours before deposed President Mohamed Mursi appeared in c ...

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Abbas Proposes Three-Year Israeli Pullout from West Bank

Ghaza- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed on Tuesday that Israel carry out a gradual three-year withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal, an offer that fell short of Israeli demands. He gave the timeframe in an interview shown at an international security conference in Tel Aviv, where Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon challenged the effectiveness of the Palestini ...

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Aid Convoy Stalled as Syrian Government Demands Assurances

Demacus- The fate of a U.N. aid convoy for thousands of Syrians besieged in the city of Homs was in the balance on Tuesday as the government said it wanted assurances the supplies would not end up in the hands of "terrorists". Efforts to get food and medical supplies into the city have become a test case on whether peace talks in Switzerland can produce any practical measures on the ground almost three year ...

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Cross-Border Shelling From Pakistan Kills 4 Children in Kunar

Kabul- According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least four children were killed following cross-border shelling from Pakistani soil in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the 201 Silab Military Corps for eastern Afghanistan, HaroonYousufi, confirming the report , said the children were killed after a rocket fired from Pakistan’s soil hit a residential ho ...

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Karzai Suspicious of US Involvement behind Recent Attacks

Kabul- According to reports, Afghan president Hamid Karzai is suspicious that the United States is involved behind the recent deadly attacks in Afghanistan, including the coordinated attack on the Lebanese restaurant which left at least 21 dead. An Afghan official quoted by Washington Post has said that president Karzai believes that the US government and military have been a hidden force behind the recent ...

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Rasmussen Urges Kabul to Finalize Post-2014 Deal

Kabul- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a news conference on Monday urged Kabul to finalize its post-2014 deal with the U.S., warning that Afghanistan could face a complete halt in NATO support operations in the country "if it does not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement." "For planning reasons, we need to know soon whether we are invited or not. I mean, if we are not invited, if we don't h ...

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Potential Terrorists Must Remain Behind Bars

Amidst controversies over release of Taliban prisoners, US military published documents illustrating backgrounds of dozens of Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous by US officials. According to the records of the Taliban prisoners, some of them had been directly involved in terrorist attacks against NATO and Afghan forces while some others have been proved guilty during investigations by US military ...

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Logar Election Security Claim Spurned

PUL-I-Alam: - Residents and provincial council members on Monday rejected the official claim of polling stations’ security in central Logar provinces.Officials assured residents of tight security during the elections despite the fact that half of the polling stations were still under threat from militants, one public representative said. Mohammad Tahir Faizi, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan ...

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Thai Election Commission Suggests Minimum One Month Vote Delay

Bangkok - Thailand's Election Commission said a contentious election planned for next week should be postponed for at least a month, warning of more bloodshed after violent clashes over the weekend. The commission meets embattled Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra on Tuesday to discuss the election date after a Constitutional Court ruling opened the way for a delay in the face of months of anti-government pr ...

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China Puts Four More Anti-Graft Activists on Trial

Beijing - Four more Chinese activists went on trial on Monday, accused of disturbing public order after urging officials to reveal their assets, the latest in a string of closely watched prosecutions of anti-graft campaigners. The trials of members of the "New Citizens' Movement" have sparked criticism from the West and rights groups, as evidence of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's determination to crus ...

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U.S. Carries Out Air Strike in Somalia Targeting Militant Suspect

Mogadishu - The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected militant leader with ties to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a U.S. military official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The strike took place in southern Somalia, the official said, without offering further information, including the identity of the suspect or whether the strike was believed to hav ...

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Syrian Government under Pressure to Allow Aid Convoy

Damascus- the Syrian government came under pressure on Monday to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs as negotiators sought to keep peace talks on track by focusing on humanitarian gestures. The government said women and children could leave Homs and government and opposition delegates also spoke of releasing prisoners. The U.N. mediator said he hoped talks, which continue on Monday in Gene ...

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Politics Legacy Loom over Obama Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama will lay out an agenda on jobs, the economy and the environment during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. But he is unlikely to mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a politically charged project that could shape his legacy in each area.Some five years after Keystone XL was proposed, Canadian officials, Republicans and some Democrats in conservative U.S. states are ...

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Egypt’s SisiPoised to Announce Presidency Bid

CAIRO- Three years after the "Arab Spring" toppled Hosni Mubarak, a secretive field marshal with a cult-like following is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt ahead of elections which he is expected to win easily. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has come under pressure to run from members of the public who reject the Islamist government he toppled last year, and from the armed forces who want ...

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Journalists Won’t Bow to Pressures: Majidi

KUNDUZ CITY - Despite facing a wave of threats and pressures from militants, armed groups and government functionaries, journalists would continue to discharge their duty with a sense of commitment, their representative said on Monday.Zabihullah Majidi, the Afghanistan Cultural and Media Relations head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the journalist community would continue to educate and inform people about ...

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