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President Calls Bagram a Taliban-Making Machine

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday characterised the Bagram prison in central Parwan province a Taliban-creating machine, where innocent Afghans were being held. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, the president said: “As far as I know, the Bagram prison is a Taliban-creating machine; it’s a place where innocent Afghans are being held.” The detainees were being provoked against their government ...

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An Incentive for the Journalists while Leaving the Office

FarhadFaqiri - On Friday, January 10 of this year, Hamid Karzai decreed that all legal cases and files against the journalists should be closed and dismissed with no further action. According to Hasht-e Sobh newspaper,  Karzai, after having a meeting with the representatives of the media organizations, issued this decree and granted exemption from prosecution of all such legal cases which has been piled up ...

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Taliban Revenge in Pakistan

In recent weeks, Pakistan has been the scene of brazen attacks of the Pakistani Taliban against the country’s security forces. The militants carried out tow deadly attacks in recent weeks which killed dozens of people mostly security personnel. In response, the Pakistani army has launched aerial assaults against the bases of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan. According to the reports, the of ...

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Etisalat`s National Internship Program, the Key to the Success of Modern Afghanistan

Kabul- Etisalat Afghanistan is committed in its long-standing resolve of partnering in the development and enhancement of human capital and skill levels of local Afghan employees and people. As part of our strategic initiative, to partner in the development of Young Afghan Talent, Etisalat Afghanistan has launched the National Internship Program in collaboration with the top universities of Afghanistan - Ka ...

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U.S. Offers to Send Envoy to North Korea to Free Jailed Missionary

Washington - The United States has offered to send a special envoy to North Korea to win the release of a jailed missionary, but signaled that any meaningful talks with Pyongyang will require it to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Kenneth Bae, 45, has been held for more than a year by the North, which has convicted him of trying to overthrow the state and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor. Bae, a ...

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Russia Urges Europe Not to Interfere in Ukraine, Fears Growing Crisis

Moscow- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged European governments on Tuesday not to interfere in Ukraine's political crisis and expressed concern that events in Kiev could be spinning out of control. Moscow, which sees its fellow former Soviet republic as part of its traditional sphere of influence, has watched nervously as protests against President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to shun a trade pact ...

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Thai Government Declares State of Emergency as Protests Drag on

Bangkok - The Thai government on Tuesday declared a 60-day state of emergency to start on Wednesday, saying it wanted to prevent any escalation in more than two months of protests aimed at forcing Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra from power. The decree, which applies to Bangkok and surrounding provinces, gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban ...

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Report Details ‘Industrial’ Killing of 11,000 in Assad Jails

Damascus- A Syrian military police photographer has supplied "clear evidence" showing the systematic torture and killing of about 11,000 detainees in circumstances that evoked Nazi death camps, former war crimes prosecutors said. Syrian officials could face war crimes charges as a result of the evidence provided by the photographer, who has defected, the three prosecutors said. One of the prosecutors said t ...

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Taliban Kill 3 of a Family in Helmand

LASHKARGAH - Three persons of a family, a police official and a militant have been killed in different violence related incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said Tuesday. Abdul AhadChopa, provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban killed three persons of a family on allegation that the male was working with the government, in Sarakhakh locality on the outskirts of Greshak dis ...

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Legislative Delay Could Undermine MoFRevenue Target

  KABUL - Mohammad MostafaMastoor, the Deputy Minister of Finance, said on Monday that the 133.5 billion AFG in revenue set as the target for the next fiscal year could be undershot if the Law on Mines and Income Tax Law fail to be approved soon. Although Parliament is expected to go on winter recess starting tomorrow, January 21, two important economic laws still await approval, including the Law on M ...

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Karzai Stresses Media to Help Forge National Unity

KABUL - Lauding the role of media in forging national unity, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday the next government should leave no stone unturned to ensure the right of freedom of speech and independent media. The president expressed these views after inauguration ceremony of the newly built Bayat Media Center in Kabul. He said media achieved greater progress and the momentum was needed to be taken for ...

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The Call for Justice

Condemning the Friday’s attack, hundreds of activists and civil society members in Kabul called on the Afghan government and the international community to implement justice and support those who fall victims of the violence raged by terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The Friday’s attack on a Lebanese hotel in Kabul, which killed eight Afghans and 13 foreign nationals, including the head of the IMF office in ...

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Delhi’s ‘Anarchic’ Chief Minister in Protest Standoff with Police

New Delhi - New Delhi's chief minister and his supporters launched a sit-in against the city police on Monday, creating traffic chaos and a standoff with hundreds of officers in the latest radical step by the anti-graft crusader who has shaken up a national election. Baton-wielding police were deployed to prevent chief minister ArvindKejriwal from taking his protest against alleged police inaction in crimes ...

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Rule of Law a Panacea to Militancy: Amin Arsala

KABUL - Presidential contender Hidayat Amin Arsala says good governance, rule of law and speedy dispensation of justice tend to discourage the scourge of growing militancy and instability in Afghanistan.In his exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News he promised to ensure sustainable economic growth, rule of law, speedy justice and attract foreign and local investment with the support of masses once he ...

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Thai Government Considers State of Emergency after Weekend Violence

Bangkok - Thai authorities are "very seriously" considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital where protesters have been trying for more than two months to bring down the government, the security chief said on Monday. The violence is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against poorer, mainly rural supporters o ...

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Missionary BaeJailed in North Korea ‘Wants U.S. to Help Him Get Home’: Kyodo

Seoul - U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, imprisoned in reclusive North Korea for more than a year, said on Monday he wants to return to his family as soon as possible and hopes the United States will help, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. The appeal came after North Korea signaled last week it was prepared to reach out to South Korea if it abandoned military drills with the United States that start next mont ...

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Syria Peace Talks Must Focus on ‘Fighting Terrorism’: Assad

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ruled out on Monday making opposition figures ministers and said peace talks in Switzerland should aim to "fight terrorism", striking a defiant tone two days before the talks are due to start. In an interview with news agency AFP, Assad said he would likely seek a new term in presidential elections this year, a statement certain to anger opposition figures who say ...

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Afghanistan Expected to Join the World Trade Organization

KABUL - Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) have announced that preparations for Afghanistan to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) are in the final stages and that in the next three months Afghanistan will become a member. According MoCI officials, after already signing a trade agreement with the U.S., Afghanistan needs only to sign trade deals with the European Union (EU) and t ...

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Sahra Karimi Wins Best Film Award at Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

Kabul- The Afghan film “Afghan Women Behind Driving Wheel” was recognized as the best documentary film during the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh. The movie directed and produced by female Afghan filmmaker Sahra Karimi, depicts the life of a number of Afghan women who are keen for driving vehicles in a conservative Afghan society where driving is only an ambition for the women. The Afgh ...

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Nine Bombers, US Soldier Killed in Kandahar Attack

KANDAHAR CITY - A complex attack, involving a car bomb and gunmen in Western military uniforms with explosives strapped to their bodies, on a US military base left one coalition soldier and nine assailants dead in southern Kandahar province on Monday, officials said. The brazen attack that occurred in the militancy-plagued Zherai district began around 11am when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-laden ...

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