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Kabul-Washington’s Troubled Relations

President Karzai has long been complaining about US role in fraudulent elections of the 2009, however, it just appeared that he has been right all these years. According to the US former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama administration made concerted efforts to unseat Karzai from power during Afghanistan’s presidential election in 2009. The revelation of US manipulation of the 2009 presidential e ...

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Where are the investigative journalists?

By: Farhad Faqiri - By his recent statement at Loya Jirga,  Karzai refused  to sign the bilateral strategic agreement between US and Afghanistan, for which  the majority of the representatives  raised their voices  against him. Was it a ‘refusal’?  A condition, or set of conditions to be met?  Or just  a ‘postponement’? Turning into about-face mode by Karzai was something that the majority of the representa ...

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Karzai, Sharif Agree on Trilateral Summit in Ankara

KABUL (Pajhwok): A tripartite meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will be held in Ankara soon to discuss issues of mutual interest, the Presidential Palace said. During a telephonic conversation, President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to hold the three-way talks on enhancing bilateral cooperation in Turkey. Karzai and Sharif discussed ways of expediting the process of dialo ...

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Ukraine Ex-Minister LutsenkoHurt in Clashes in Kiev

Kiev - Several people have been injured in clashes between protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.Former interior minister and leading opposition figure YuriyLutsenko was among those wounded.The violence broke out after three activists were earlier jailed over an alleged terror plot.The unrest took place amid ongoing anti-government rallies against the government's decision to pull out of ...

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India Diplomat Row: Delhi Says ‘no Stand-off’ With US

New Delhi - India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has sought to downplay the row with Washington over an Indian diplomat who was arrested in the US. There was "no stand-off" with the US, he told reporters in Delhi, and predicted problems would be sorted out. The row erupted after the diplomat, DevyaniKhobragade, was arrested in New York on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper. She is now ...

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S.SudanConflict: UN Calls on Government to Free Prisoners

Khartoum - The UN Security Council has urged South Sudan President SalvaKiir to release political prisoners to help bring an end to the bitter conflict there. Rebel leader, RiekMachar, wants 11 people freed before agreeing to peace. MrMachar's forces appear on the back foot after losing the town of Bentiu to government forces on Friday. The government says it is mobilising thousands of troops to retake Bor ...

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Israel’s Ex-PM Ariel Sharon Dies

Jerusalem -      Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke. Mr Sharon was a giant of the Israeli military and political scene, but courted controversy throughout his long career.  He was being treated at the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv. A hospital statement is expected shortly. On Thursday doctors announced that Mr Sharon's ...

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Seven Injured in Thai Protest Shooting, Capital Beefs up Security

Bangkok - Seven people were wounded after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on anti-government protesters in Bangkok early on Saturday, heightening fears of worsening violence when protesters attempt to "shut down" the capital next week in a bid to overthrow the government. The gunmen opened fire on protesters in central Bangkok at around 2 a.m, and at least one other attack took place nearby, police said. ...

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US Never Saw Pakistan as an Ally, Writes Gates

KABUL: Former US defense secretary Robert Gates says his country never considered consulting Pakistan before raiding the Osama bin Laden compound in the northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad. “Although I would defend them in front of Congress to keep the relationship from getting worse, I knew they were really no ally at all,” the former defense secretary said, adding the US thought the ISI was protectin ...

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BSA: President Unlikely to Meet US Deadline

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai may not sign a security deal allowing an American military presence in the country post 2014 on the US timetable, Washington’s envoy in Kabul has privately informed the Obama administration. If the assessment turns out to be correct, the ensuing situation could lead to a messy troop withdrawal by the end of the year, leaving the US with little time to assemble a coalition to st ...

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Taliban Talks Going Nowhere Despite Secret Meets

KABUL - Secret contacts are again reported to be underway for an Afghanistan peace deal, but neither analysts nor the insurgents see hope they will succeed. A Taliban official has told The Associated Press that least two ministers in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government have met with Taliban representatives in the United Arab Emirates, at a time when Pakistan has been releasing dozens of Taliban priso ...

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Lawmakers Oppose Delay in BSA Signing

KABUL: Some members of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, on Saturday alleged some individuals opposed the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States to protect their personal interests. A consultative Loya Jirga, involving thousands of tribal elders, lawmakers and government officials, approved the deal with a number of recommendations on November 24. The grand a ...

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The Prospect of Elections’ Security

In recent days, there has been a wave of violence across the country which is suggesting that the security is deteriorating ahead of NATO withdrawal and the April elections. During the beginning days of 2014, the Taliban militants have organized multiple bombings and suicide attacks in the capital Kabul and across the country. In a stunning news, the media reported arrest of an 8-year girl who aimed to carr ...

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The Flawed Handling of Prisoners’ Release

Abdul AhadBahrami - As the fate of the security deal between Afghanistan and the Untied States remains unresolved, another issue is rising as a bone of contention between Kabul and Washington at a critical juncture of time. Despite a US warning about Afghanistan’s plan to release 88 Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous and said to have killed dozens of Afghan and US forces, Afghan officials say the ...

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UN: Iran not Yet Invited to Syria Peace Talks

New York - Iran is not among the "first round" of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month, a U.N. spokesman said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began sending out invitations Monday. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq confirmed that Iran is not among them, but he added, "The secretary-general is in favor of inviting Iran." Invitations to the talks are subject to approval by the "ini ...

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Policewomen Ready for Election Duty

KABUL (Pajhwok): Policewomen are fully prepared to perform their duties as well their male counterparts during the April elections, officials said on Tuesday.Around 25,000 policewomen have been trained to deal with security threats during the polls. Another 1,392 will be trained in coming months to ensure peaceful elections. Senior Ministry of Interior official Brig. Gen. HikmatShahi told Pajhwok Afghan New ...

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Iraq Violence: US Speeds up Supply of Military Equipment

Baghdad - The US says it is speeding up the supply of military equipment to Iraq to help its government fight militant groups in western Anbar province. The White House said additional surveillance drones would be delivered within weeks and more Hellfire missiles sent in the next few months. Fighting in Anbar has led to some of the heaviest clashes in Iraq for years. Troops are preparing to attack the city ...

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Syria Rebels Kill 34 Foreign Fighters in Northwest: Monitor

Damascus - Syrian rebels have killed 34 foreign fighters from al Qaeda-linked groups in the northwest of the country over the last three days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The killings in the Jabal al-Zawiya region appeared to be part of the wider confrontation by an alliance of rebels against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), across rebel-held territories of north ...

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South Sudan Rebels, Government Begin Ceasefire Talks

Khartoum - South Sudanese rebels and a government delegation started peace talks on Tuesday to try to end fighting that has left the world's newest state on the brink of civil war. The talks in neighboring Ethiopia will focus on brokering a ceasefire to halt three weeks of violence that has killed at least 1,000 people and driven 200,000 from their homes. "We have begun our meeting on the cessation of hosti ...

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China-Japan ‘Voldemort’ Attacks up Ante in Propaganda War

Tokyo - Chinese state media warned Japan on Tuesday of an escalation in the war of public opinion after both countries compared each other to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter stories, in a tit-for-tat diplomatic spat. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's December 26 visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are enshrined along with other war dead, inf ...

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