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US Condemns Orders for Release of Detainees

KABUL - The US military on Monday condemned the planned release of the first 37 of 88 dangerous individuals whom it called "legitimate threats to security". The US forces said it had learnt the Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul ShakoorDadras, had ordered the release of the individuals who should be prosecuted or further investigated. A statement from the US military said: "This extra-judicial release ...

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Women Candidates Facing Security Problems: FEFA

KABUL - The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday voiced concern over security threats to female provincial council candidates. FEFA said women poll contenders were facing multiple problems in filing their nomination papers with the electoral body and the issue must be addressed. Women contestants were faced with security problems and discriminatory behaviour on the part of Indep ...

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Afghan Govt. Orders Release of 37 of 88 Bagram Prisoners

Kabul- The US government has condemned an ordered release of the first wave of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison, saying that more than 40 per cent of the prisoners who are set to go were involved in direct attacks against the US and Afghan forces. The Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul ShakoorDadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 from Bagram, which the US military categorised them as "da ...

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The Falsified Report on Parwan Air Strike

According to the New York Times, the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provided false evidences including videos and photos to President Hamid Karzai. The air strike in northern Parwan province which allegedly civilians have been among the fatalities further soured relations between the Afghan government and the United States. President Karzai condemned the attack an ...

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China Jails Prominent Rights Activist for Four Years

BEIJING- A court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets. XuZhiyong's jailing will send a stark warning to activists that the Chinese Communist Party will crush any challenge to its rule, especially from those who seek to organ ...

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EU, Russia to Swap Recriminations over Ukraine

BRUSSELS- European Union and Russian leaders will trade recriminations over Ukraine at a summit on Tuesday, as the former Soviet republic reels from violent unrest after spurning the EU's embrace and lurching back towards Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Brussels for talks with EU leaders at a time when relations are strained over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's decision in Novemb ...

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Egyptian Soldiers Killed In Sinai as Protest Toll Rises to 49

CAIRO- Gunmen killed three Egyptian soldiers in an attack on a bus in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, the military said, prompting a warning from the army that it would eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood, which it blames for much of Egypt's political violence.Al Qaeda-inspired Islamist militant groups based in Sinai have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of th ...

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4 Killed, 22 Injured in Kabul Suicide Bombing

KABUL - Four people were killed and 22 others injured during a Taliban suicide attack on a Ministry of Defence bus in the central capital Kabul on Sunday morning, officials said. The bombing took place in the Market area of Kart-i-Naw locality in the eighth police district at about 7:00am, tweeted the defence ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. ZahirAzimi. He said two security personnel and as many civilians were ...

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Public Private Dialogue on Investment Incentive Policy and its Implementation

KABUL -Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industries ACCI organized an opportunity for public and private sectors to discuss on existing economic circumstances especially on recent economic policy which has approved five months ago by government but not yet implemented Investment incentive Policy. The event was titled “public private dialogue on investment incentive policy and its implementation” In theme ...

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Pakistan Warns U.S. on India’s Role in Afghanistan

Kabul- Pakistani Defense Secretary Lt General Asif Yasin recently announced to the U.S. government that his country would not accept a robust role for India in in Afghanistan. The comments came on Thursday during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Senate on Defense in Islamabad. Yasin warned in clear terms that Pakistan would have strong reservations if the NATO coalition had designs for India in Af ...

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U.S. General to Ask Obama to Keep More Troops

Kabul- Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, is expected to present U.S. President Barack Obama with a plan for a residual force of 10,000 troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Gen. Dunford is scheduled to meet with President Obama prior to his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, and present his concept for the mission in Afghanistan. There are reports ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that he would not sign the deal unless the Taliban are brought to the table of negotiations. President Karzai accused the United States of exerting pressures on Afghanistan to get him to sign the security agreement which allows thousands of US troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The latest remarks are considered a rene ...

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French President Hollandeto Separate From Partner: Report

Paris - French President Francois Hollande is expected to announce his separation from partner Valerie Trierweiler on Saturday following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress, according to the Journal du Dimanche. First lady Trierweiler, 48, Hollande's partner since 2006, plans to travel to India on Sunday for a charity trip and the president wants to settle the issue of thei ...

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Secretary of State Kerry Rejects Notion U.S. is Disengaging from World

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed on Friday as "a myth" suggestions that the United States was withdrawing from world affairs. "I'm perplexed by claims I occasionally hear that somehow America is disengaging from the world - this myth that America is pulling back, or giving up, or standing down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth," Kerry told the World Economic Forum in Davo ...

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Ukraine Protesters Try to Seize Energy Ministry Building: Minister

Kiev - About 100 anti-government protesters tried to seize Ukraine's main energy ministry building in central Kiev on Saturday, Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky said. "There was an attempt to seize the building. About 100 people came, armed. I went to them and said that if they did not peacefully leave the building, then the whole energy system of Ukraine could collapse," Stavytsky told Reuters by telephone ...

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Syrian Civil War Foes Meet in Mediator’s Presence: U.N.

Damascus - Syria's civil war foes held their first meeting in the same room in the presence of international mediator LakhdarBrahimi on Saturday after a day's delay and fierce recriminations. The talks in Geneva aimed to launch political negotiations on ending Syria's nearly three-year conflict, which has killed 130,000 people, displaced over third of Syria's 22 million population and destabilized the wider ...

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Four More Egyptian Embassy Staff Kidnapped in Libya: Government

Cairo - Four Egyptian embassy staff was kidnapped in Libya's capital Tripoli on Saturday, a day after another Egyptian diplomat was seized there by gunmen, the Libyan government said. No group claimed responsibility for any of the abductions, but they came soon after a powerful Libyan militia reported its leader had been arrested in Cairo and threatened to retaliate. "Four more have been kidnapped. One of t ...

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Afghan Forces Overmatch Summer Fight: General

WASHINGTON - A senior US military commander in Afghanistan on Thursday said the Taliban lost the last fighting season against Afghan forces and were on the “edge of strategic defeat.”  “Strategically, the tide of the war is not with the Taliban and their fellow travelers. The Taliban recognise that. They know they are on the edge of strategic defeat,” the second-ranking US Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander of ...

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No Direct Contact with Taliban after Doha: US

WASHINGTON - The United States has had no direct contact with the Taliban after the collapse of the Doha round of talks last year, a senior official said on Friday, acknowledging there has been no substantial progress. “So far that (talks with the Taliban) hasn’t happened in any substantial way. There are informal discussions not involving the United States. We haven’t had any direct contacts with the Talib ...

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Afghanistan: US, Pakistan on Same Page

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the important US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue next week, the Obama administration on Friday said both Washington and Islamabad are on the same page on Afghanistan and promised it would continue to work toward pushing constructive ties between the South Asian neighbours. Afghanistan, cross-border terrorism, withdrawal of troops from by the end of the year and peace talks with the Taliban ...

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