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Afghan Fruits Feature at Dubai Food Festival

KABUL - Organic pomegranates, apples, saffron, melons, dried fruit, and nuts produced by more than 20 Afghan companies were on display in Dubai as the Middle East’s biggest annual food exhibition opened its doors, USAID said on Monday. The Gulfood exhibition, which started on Feb. 23 and will end on 27, showcases businesses and products in food, drink, food services and hospitality industries. Gulfood was f ...

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Civil Society Activists Join Striking MP

KABUL - Members of civil society organisations visited lawmaker BaktashSiawash on Monday when his protest entered a fifth consecutive day. He has been demanding compensation for families of dead and wounded security personnel. The legislator has been protesting against the government’s indifferent approach to the families of the soldiers, who lost their lives in defence of their motherland. Siawash establis ...

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Foreign Spies Planned KunarAttack: Mohammadi

KABUL - Sunday’s deadly attack on the Afghan National Army (ANA) organised by the Taliban, their foreign accomplices and the intelligence network of a certain country, the Ministry of Defence alleged on Monday. At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and eight others kidnapped early on Sunday morning when militants stormed their check-post in the Ghaziabad district eastern Kunar province ...

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Deadly Revenge for Dubai Talks

In a deadly attack on Afghan security forces in Kunar Province, the Taliban militant killed at least 21 soldiers and abducted eight other, the reports say. This is one of the biggest blows to the Afghan National Security Forces, which has taken the lead in fighting against the insurgency in one last year. According to the reports, hundreds of Taliban fighters had taken part in the assault against a small gr ...

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Japan Drafts Revision of Arms Exports Ban: Source

Tokyo - Japan has drafted new guidelines that would reverse a decades-old ban on weapons exports, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, a move that could further strain ties with neighbors China and South Korea. Tokyo has been reviewing the self-imposed export ban under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new security strategy, aimed at bolstering the self-reliance of the military. Serving as prime ...

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South Sudan Army Says Repels Rebel Attacks on Positions near Bor

Khartoum- the South Sudanese army said on Sunday it had repulsed three rebel attacks on its positions near the market town of Bor, which is regarded as a gateway to the capital Juba. Thousands have been killed and more than 800,000 have fled their homes since fighting began in South Sudan two months ago, triggered by a power struggle between President SalvaKiir and RiekMachar, his former deputy whom he sack ...

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Egypt Food Supply Shake-up Sees Official Referred to Prosecutors

Cairo- A shake-up of Egypt's food import and storage authorities has seen an official from its main food buying agency referred to prosecutors over suspected corruption on local rice deals, while the head of its silos and storage holding company was fired. Egypt is the world's biggest wheat importer, normally buying some 10 million tons a year and while the suspected corruption is focused on rice, the moves ...

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UK Tells Russia: Don’t Intervene in Ukraine, Let Economy Heal

London - Britain warned Russia on Sunday against intervening in Ukraine's "complex" crisis, saying London wanted to contribute to an international economic program aimed at shoring up the "desperately difficult" situation of the Ukrainian economy. In comments that may anger Moscow, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said his government was in regular contact with the Russian government to try to persua ...

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Blood on the Streets as Bomb Kills Two, Wounds 22 in Thai Capital

Bangkok - A bomb killed two people and wounded at least 22 in a busy shopping district in the Thai capital on Sunday, hours after supporters of Thai Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra promised to get tough with demonstrators paralyzing parts of the city. But it was not immediately clear who was responsible. The bomb went off near one of the few large protest sites remaining, leaving a trail of blood and sand ...

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Ukraine Parliament Ousts Yanukovich, TymoshenkoFreed

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovich after three months of street protests, while his arch-rival YuliaTymoshenko hailed opposition demonstrators as "heroes" in an emotional speech in Kiev after she was released from jail. Yanukovich abandoned the capital to the opposition on Saturday and denounced what he described as a coup after several days of bloodshed this week that c ...

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Jirga Underway on Qayyum-RassoulDeal

KABUL - An ongoing jirga of elders is set to bring about an electoral understanding between presidential runners Dr. ZalmaiRassoul and Abdul Qayyum Karzai, officials said on Sunday. Any decision of the jirga, expected later in the day, will be acceptable to both sides, Karzai’s campaign office said, adding that 170 elders from the 34 provinces had been authorised to convince one candidate to withdraw in fav ...

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Government Starts Polio Vaccination Campaign in 14 Provinces

KABUL - The government has launched a polio vaccination campaign in 14 border provinces that will reach nearly 4 million children, public health officials said on Sunday. The campaigns launched in east, south, west, south-west, bordering and Kabul provinces. The vaccination drive will continue for three days, Ministry of Public Health spokesman Kanishka Turkistani told TOLOnews. Earlier this year, officials ...

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20 ANA Soldiers Killed in Kunar Attack

KABUL - At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed early Sunday morning when militants stormed their check-post in eastern Kunar province, officials said. A group of Afghan and foreign insurgents mounted the attack on ANA's Sher Ghashi check-post in Tunk area. Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala said 20 soldiers were killed and eight others kidnapped. He added one of the missing soldiers had links ...

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Karzai Calls for Joint Fight against Terror

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has once again called for a joint fight by Afghanistan and Pakistan against the common enemy of terrorism and extremism, his office said on Sunday. Karzai issued the call at a meeting with visiting Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar late on Saturday. Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal also attended the meeting. The two sides discussed economic cooperation between the neighbours ...

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China’s Role in Post-2014 Afghanistan

China has pledged to support Afghanistan in various, particularly training and equipping the ANSF, after NATO withdrawal after 2014. While NATO and the US forces are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, the government of Afghanistan is increasingly interested in expanding relations with regional powers such as Russia and China. Conversely, both Moscow and Beijing are concerned about the future of Afghani ...

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Thai Protesters Turn in SIM Cards Seen Linked to PM’s Family

Bangkok - Some Thai anti-government protesters followed the advice of their leader on Saturday, shunning products of firms linked to the family of Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra and handing back cellphone SIM cards. The protesters have blocked main Bangkok intersections with tents, tires and sandbags, seeking to unseat Yingluck and halt the influence of her billionaire brother, ThaksinShinawatra, an oust ...

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South Korea to Develop Stuxnet-Like Cyberweapons

Seoul - South Korea is to develop cyber-attack tools in an attempt to damage North Korean nuclear facilities. The country's defence ministry wants to develop weapons similar to Stuxnet, the software designed to attack Iranian nuclear enrichment plants. The South Korean military will carry out missions using the software, the defence ministry said. One computer security expert said that using cyberweapons co ...

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U.S. Plays Down Tension with China, Upbeat on Military Exchanges

Washington - The United States is optimistic about military exchanges with China and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top U.S. military officer said on Saturday, playing down tension between the world's two biggest economies. U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters in Beijing that he had had "frank, honest and important" talks with his Chinese counterparts o ...

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Venezuela Leader Nicolas Maduro Seeks Talks with Obama

  Caracas - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has invited US President Barack Obama to join him in talks aimed at resolving the problems between the two countries. MrMaduro said the meeting would help "put the truth out on the table". He has accused US conservatives and media organisations of plotting to overthrow his government. Earlier on Friday Venezuela revoked the accreditations of CNN reporters co ...

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MatteoRenzi Sworn in as New Italy PM

Rome- Italian centre-left politician MatteoRenzi has been sworn in as prime minister. At 39, the Democratic Party leader is Italy's youngest-ever PM. On Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier this month. MrRenzi said his coalition would give "hope" to the economically-stagnant country ...

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