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Russia Tightens Security in Sochi before Olympics

Moscow - Russian forces went on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort on Tuesday as part of measures by President Vladimir Putin to ensure security at next month's Winter Olympics. Aware that the success or failure of the Sochi Games will help shape his legacy, Putin has increased security in Russia following two suicide bomb attacks in the southern city of Volgo ...

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Senators Underline Effective Poll Security

KABUL - Concerned at the current situation, a number of senators on Tuesday called for effective measures to ensure security for the April presidential and provincial council elections.Participating in a Meshrano Jirga debate on the subject, a lawmaker from western Farah province underlined the need for a satisfactory security environment in the build-up to and during the polls. Gul Ahmad Azimi believed for ...

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Afghan Goalkeeper Wins Award in Germany

Kabul- Mansur Faqiryar, who has made his name playing goalkeeper for the Afghan National Team in addition to his club VfB Oldenburg, received the North Athlete of the year Award in Germany. Faqiryar was nominated for the award for his excellent performance for VfB Oldenburg in the domestic division in Germany.Based on a poll conducted by Germany's NDR Television Network, Faqiryar had more than 15,000 votes ...

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NDS Sends 55 Dossiers to Bagram Review Committee

Kabul- The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday sent files on 55 inmates of Bagram prison that have been labeled "dangerous" yet shortlisted for release due to lack of evidence by the Review Committee for Bagram Prisoners Cases. Reportedly, 23 more reports will be sent soon as well. An Afghan government officials, on in condition of anonymity, told TOLOnews that the Review Committee, originally ...

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White House Wants BSA Signed in Weeks

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama wants to have a military presence in Afghanistan for training of troops and counter-terrorism operations, but will not send any soldiers post-2014 without a bilateral security agreement (BSA). “The president, when it comes to Afghanistan, has made clear he believes we should and can have a continuing mission there focused solely on training Afghan troops and counterter ...

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Protestors Block Farah-Herat Highway

FARAH CITY : Police arrested several residents in connection with the abduction of an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander’s son in the BalaBaluk district of western Farah province, locals alleged on Sunday.In reaction to the arrests, angry residents of Shewani village staged a protest and blocked the busy Farah-Herat highway, Haji Ziauddin, a former member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News ...

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Hospital, Kidney Centre Projects in Doldrums

JALALABAD: The fate of a proposed 1000-bed hospital and an under-construction kidney centre remains unknown in eastern Nangarhar province.Ninety percent of construction work on the Pakistan-funded kidney hospital has been completed.Deputy Minister of Public Health Najia Tariq, during her visit to Nangarhar a year ago, had promised the 1000-bed hospital would be built. She had said except the acquisition of ...

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Spare no Effort for Peace with Rebels, Govt Urged

SHIBARGHAN - Participants of a huge gathering in this capital city of northwestern Jawzjan province on Sunday asked the government to adopt all possible measures to make peace and end the insurgency. Arranged by the Jawzjan Peace Committee, the day-long gathering was attended by hundreds people, including tribal elders, public representatives and civil society activists. Speakers said religious scholars and ...

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Unfair Fund Allocation to DaikundiSlated

  NEILI - Public representatives on Sunday said funds allocated for the agriculture sector in the draft budget were inadequate and accused the central government of ignoring central Daikundi province.Provincial council member HadiRahimi said only 12 million afghanis had been set aside for the agriculture sector in the proposed budget. He told Pajhwok Afghan News previous budgets had not been properly u ...

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Senate Team Accuses Anoshof Corruption

KABUL - A delegation of the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday accused Samangan Governor KhairullahAnosh of brazen corruption, claiming his guards recently shot dead two protestors and wounded 13 others.Ziauddin Zia, the provincial council head, claimed the governor’s bodyguards and police had inflicted casualties on protesters in Aibak. The protest was peaceful but police opened fire, he said, adding the governor wa ...

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The Controversy over the Prisoners Release

President Hamid Karzai has intervened in the controversy over release of 88 Taliban prisoners, ordering that they should remain in custody for now. His intervention came after some US senators warned that release of the most dangerous elements of the Taliban prisoners would further deteriorate the already-tense relations of Afghanistan and the United States. The warning came after a commission responsible f ...

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Cambodia Protesters Call off Rally after Bloody Crackdown

Phnom Penh - Anti-government demonstrators said on Saturday they had called off a mass rally they had planned to stage in the Cambodian capital on Sunday after a bloody crackdown on garment workers allied with the protest movement.The decision to call off the rally came hours after security guards and city workers, watched over by riot police, dismantled a camp occupied by anti-government demonstrators. Fri ...

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7 Dead as Suicide Bombers Storm US Base

JALALABAD: Six assailants and a NATO soldier were killed in a clash following a Taliban attack on a joint US-Afghan military base in the Ghanikhel district of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday morning, officials said.A group of suicide bombers stormed the military centre at 7.30am, sparking a fierce clash with the troops, the Nangarhar governor's spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News. With the killing of ...

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No Delay in Bagram Prisoner Releases: Officials

Kabul- After concerns regarding the release of Bagram prisoners were voiced earlier this week, rumors circulated that the releases had been delayed. However, officials involved in the decision making process have said the release of 88 Bagram prisoners is in fact moving forward as planned. Abdul Shukoor Dadras, a member of the Review Committee for Bagram Prisoner Cases, reported on Saturday that there had b ...

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Ashraf Ghani, Dostum Cautioned By ECC

Kabul- In a letter to Presidential Candidate, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and his First Vice President, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has issued them a warning about starting the campaign process before the designated period begins. The ECC told the candidates that their recent statements could be considered a type of campaigning. The letter said that if Ashraf Ghani's ...

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Obama Proposes Gun Control Measures for Mentally Ill

Washington - US President Barack Obama's administration has announced measures aimed at limiting access to firearms for the mentally ill. The changes clarify ambiguous regulations and allow hospitals to provide more information for background checks, officials said. The actions come more than one year after the Newtown school shooting, which sparked a national gun debate. Mr Obama's push for stricter gun co ...

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Chinese Warship in Cyprus to Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal

Cyprus - A Chinese frigate which will help escort Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons out of the country docked in Cyprus on Saturday as part of a delayed international mission. The Yancheng, a missile frigate, will accompany a Norwegian-Danish convoy which is in international waters off Syria, waiting for the go-ahead from international watchdogs overseeing the removal of the chemical arsenal. The missio ...

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Influential Syrian Opposition Bloc to Reject Peace Talks

Damascus -      An influential bloc within the Western-backed Syrian opposition is expected to vote on Saturday against participating in talks aimed at ending the nearly three-year conflict, members said. The Syrian National Council has opposed attending the January 22 negotiations because it says world powers have not done enough to force President Bashar al-Assad to cede power. Assad's forces have been ga ...

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President to Get Probe Report Soon: IDLG

KABUL: A senior official of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on has said the government would not allow anyone to take undue benefit of their civil rights.Mohammad Farid Mamondzai, heading a probe team, said this at his meetings with protestors and local officials in northern Samangan province. Last week, two protestors were killed and more than a dozen others wounded during a clash wi ...

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3,000 Observers to Monitor Presidential Vote

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Saturday that up to 3,000 national and international observers would monitor the April presidential polls.  Addressing a youth gathering in Kabul, IEC spokesperson Noor Mohammad Noor promised all interested civil society groups would be afforded the opportunity to observe the polling process. One condition for IEC authorisation was that the obser ...

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