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Wolesi Jirga Rejects Presidential Decree on Judges’ Tenure

KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga --- lower house of parliament --- on Monday rejected by a majority vote a presidential legislative decree extending tenure of judges by a decade beyond the retirement age of 65 years. The house last year amended the law on composition and powers of the judiciary, barring judges from working after attaining the age of 65 years. The law, having nine chapters and 110 articles, had been ...

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Indian Minister Pledges Cooperation for Probe into Wife’s Death

New Delhi - An Indian government minister promised to cooperate in a probe into the death of his wife days after she accused him of adultery in a case that has become a political embarrassment for the ruling Congress in an election year. ShashiTharoor's wife was found dead in a luxury hotel room in New Delhi after she went public on Twitter, saying a Pakistan-based journalist had been stalking her husband. ...

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Barack Obama: Spying Must Not Hurt US-German Ties

Washington - President Barack Obama has said he will not let controversial surveillance by US intelligence services undermine Washington's ties with Germany.Speaking to Germany's ZDF TV, he indicated that US bugging of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone had been a mistake and would not happen again.After the row broke out last year, Mrs Merkel accused the US of an unacceptable breach of trust. On Frida ...

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Winter Olympics: Putin ‘Friendly’ With Gay People

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia's law on "gay propaganda" ahead of the Sochi Olympics but insisted he was not prejudiced against homosexuals.Gay people faced no discrimination at work or in society in Russia, he told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, and the new law did not harm anybody."I myself know some people who are gay," he said. "We're on friendly terms. I'm not prejudiced in any way. ...

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Ukraine Crisis: Thousands Challenge Protest Ban in Kiev

Kiev - Tens of thousands of Ukrainian pro-EU demonstrators have gathered in the capital Kiev in defiance of new laws aimed at curbing public protests.They braved freezing temperatures to pack into the city's Independence Square, with some sporting pots or colanders to mock a ban on helmets.The laws were passed on Thursday with a quick show of hands by MPs loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych. The opposition ...

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Egypt’s Mursito Face Trial on New Charges: Source

Cairo - Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will face trial on charges of insulting the judiciary, a judicial source said on Sunday, a signal that Egyptian authorities have no intention of easing a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood.This is the fourth court case to face Mursi since he was ousted by the army in July after mass protests against his one-year rule. Mursi and 25 others have been charged wi ...

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Syrian Opposition to Name Delegation for Talks

Damascus - A senior official with Syria's Western-backed main opposition group says its leadership will meet to name members of a delegation heading to a peace conference this week. Ahmad Ramadan says the meeting is planned for later Sunday in Istanbul. He says it will decide who will negotiate with the Syrian government delegation in Switzerland. Ramadan's comments came a day after the Syrian National Coal ...

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Insurgents Trying to Destabilize Elections: MoI

Minister of Interior Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Saturday cautioned foreign and Afghan officials that the Taliban insurgency is trying to destabilize the Presidential and Provincial Council elections set for April. In a meeting with Police Chiefs from around the country, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and other Afghan provincial security officials, Daudzai focused on election security ...

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Rally Organized to Pay Tribute to Kabul Bombing Victims

Kabul- Dozens of Kabul residents including the civil rights activists paid tribute to the victims of Kabul bombing by participating in a rally. The rally participants gathered near the Lebanese Taverna restaurant where the coordinated suicide attack took place on Friday evening. Around 200 people participated in the peaceful demonstration and end their rally in Zanbaq square by announcing their closing stat ...

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Afghan Carpet Weavers Mostly Working in Pakistan

KABUL -More than 90% of Afghan carpet weavers are active in Pakistan and their produced carpets are supplied to international markets under Pakistan's name, officials at the Afghan Chambers of Commerce and Industries said on Saturday. Considering the global popularity of Afghan carpets, the government must support the industry and provide opportunities for Afghans currently working in Pakistan, officials sa ...

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White House Again Calls on Taliban to Begin Peace Talks

WASHINGTON - Joining the international community in condemning the Taliban's attack on a restaurant in Kabul, the White House on Saturday urged the Taliban to put down arms and begin peace talks. “We call again on the Taliban to put down their arms and begin peace talks, which is the surest way to end the conflict in a peaceful manner,” the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said, a day after the atta ...

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UN Supports Afghan Transition toward Better Future

KABUL - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned the deadly attack on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21 people, including four UN staff, and said that the UN fully supports the transition of Afghanistan toward a better future in peace, development and security. "On many occasions I have condemned in the strongest possible terms these reckless terrorist attacks against civilians. Th ...

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A Fresh Wave of Violence

The latest terrorist attack on a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreign nationals in Kabul city once again highlighted the worsening situation of security in the country. The Taliban militants immediately claimed responsibility for the attack which claimed lives of many foreigners including top official of the International Monitory Fund in Afghanistan and a number of UN employees. This attack was the mos ...

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Thai Protesters March on, Defiant After Grenade Attack

Bangkok - Anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Thailand's capital on Saturday, with one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade explosion the day before that wounded 35 demonstrators and killed one. Friday's blast sent tension rippling through Bangkok after several days of relative calm that had suggested the movement to close down the government and force the resignation o ...

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Turkey Purges Bank Watchdog, Telecoms Body, State TV in Graft Probe Backlash

Ankara - Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister TayyipErdogan's backlash against a corruption investigation.The authorities have already sacked thousands of police officers, dozens of prosecutors and some state television officials in response to the corruption investigatio ...

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Islamist Militants Strengthen Grip on Iraq’s Falluja

Baghdad - Al Qaeda and other insurgent groups have tightened their grip on Falluja, defying the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government's efforts to persuade local tribesmen to expel them from the Sunni Muslim city, residents and officials say. Despite an army siege, fighters and weapons have been flowing into the city, where U.S. troops fought some of their fiercest battles during their 2003-11 occupation of Iraq. In ...

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Syria Proposes Aleppo Cease-Fire, Prisoner Swap

Beirut - Syria's government Friday proposed a cease-fire in the embattled city of Aleppo and a prisoner exchange with the opposition, a move that appeared aimed at presenting President Bashar Assad as a responsible partner less than a week before an international peace conference. Assad's opponents were skeptical about the offer, which was floated by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during a visit t ...

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Egypt President Expected to Call for Elections in March: Report

Cairo - Egypt's president will announce that presidential elections will be held in March, in a statement expected to come hours after the final results of a constitutional referendum are made public on Saturday, a newspaper reported.Al Tahrir newspaper quoted EssamEddine Abdel Aziz, first deputy to the head of the State Council, as saying that President Adly Mansour will call on Egyptians to take part in p ...

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Tangible Peace to Dominate Other Priorities: Nader Naeem

KABUL -Sardar Mohammad Nader Naeem, the presidential contender says if he is elected as president he will eliminate the menace of corruption, ensure rule of law and push forward the nascent peace process.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the presidential hopeful assured he would equally treat all Afghans and withdraw extra ordinary privileges enjoyed by some influential. “I will primarily ...

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Kabul Attack Globally Condemned

WASHINGTON - The international community, including the US and the United Nations, strongly condemned Friday’s terrorist attack that killed 21 people, including foreigners and Afghans, at a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul. The powerful UN Security Council strongly condemned the group suicide attack and underlined the need for bringing its perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors to justice. Four UN st ...

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