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Yanukovich Abandons Kiev Compound, Opposition Demands Vote by May

Kiev - Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader's grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the capital. Anti-government demonstrators entered Yanukovich's compound in the capital and were controlling the entrance, a Reuter’s reporter said at the scene. Security guards were pres ...

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Iraqi Authorities Distribute Cards for Elections

  Baghdad - Iraq's election commission said Saturday that it has not yet decided how it will distribute voter ID cards in the embattled western province of Anbar, barely two months before the country's first election since the 2011 withdrawal of the U.S. forces.The statement highlights the difficulties faced by Iraqi authorities in conducting elections following nearly a year of deteriorating security. ...

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Protestors Want Takhar Governor Sacked

TALOQAN - Thousands of protestors on Saturday took to the street in northern Takhar province, demanding the immediate removal of the governor and his deputy. Angry demonstrators accused Governor Abdul Latif Ibrahimi and Deputy Governor Mohammad Farid Zaki of failing to deliver good governance and resolve local problems. Malik Tatar, who led the protestors, slammed the governor and his deputy as inefficient ...

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No Evidence to Prove Paki Claim: MoI

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday rejected Pakistan’s claim regarding the killing of 23 Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel inside Afghanistan’s territory. On February 17, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it had executed 23 FC personnel, who have been held captive since 2010. The soldiers were killed in retaliation for continued security operations. Pakistan’s Adviser on National Se ...

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Security up for Landmark Ghazni Ceremony

GHAZNI CITY - The stage is set for a grand ceremony marking Ghazni City as the capital of Islamic Civilisation, authorities said on Saturday. Ghazni City, the provincial capital, was selected as capital of the Islamic Civilisation by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) at a conference in Tripoli in 2007. Stringent security measures have been put in place for Saturday’s cer ...

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Beijing Respects Kabul’s Stance on BSA

KABUL - Beijing on Saturday welcomed Kabul’s decision on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), saying that Afghan-American relations should be based on sovereignty. Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Osmani discussed Beijing’s assistance to Kabul, BSA, security transition, elections, peace process and the pullout of foreign forces. At a joint press conference ...

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Launch of Afghan Food Festival in Kabul Serena Hotel

Kabul- Kabul Serena Hotel launched it’s much anticipated Afghan Food Festival on 19th February, 2014. The Festival was inaugurated by Mr. HabibullahAsghari, Senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan. Customers and food enthusiasts spent the evening sampling delectable and authentic Afghani cuisine.The mouth-watering buffet menu featured a variety of local specialties, prepared by a team of culinary exp ...

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The Killing of Former Taliban Official

Mullah Abdul Raqib Takhari’s assassination in Peshawar was not the first incident of its kind which has turned into a new puzzle in the complicated war and peace efforts in Afghanistan – and Pakistan. In one recent year, more Taliban senior officials in Quetta and Peshawar have been killed by unknown attackers. Last year, Nasiruddin Haqqani, the son of the leader of the Haqqani network was assassinated in t ...

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EU to Seek Targeted Sanctions

Brussels - The European Union moved quickly on Wednesday towards agreeing sanctions on officials who used excessive force during Ukraine protests that killed at least 25 people. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he expected EU governments to urgently agree on targeted sanctions "against those responsible for violence and use of excessive force" in Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Cather ...

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France Says EU Sanctions ‘Probable’ Over Ukraine

Paris - France and Germany will discuss the political crisis in Ukraine on Wednesday with EU sanctions on individuals "probable", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, a day after 25 people were killed in the country. "We are not going to remain indifferent. France intends to act," he said. "(There will be) deliberations with the German delegation and probably sanctions," he said, referring to the po ...

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British Court Quashes Legal Challenge by Partner of Snowden Leaks Reporter

London - Britain's High Court has quashed a legal challenge against the detention under anti-terrorism laws of the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who brought leaks from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to world attention. David Miranda had appealed against his detention and nine-hour questioning under anti-terrorism legislation last August when he landed at London's Heathrow Airp ...

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Heavy Fighting in Central African Republic Capital Disrupts U.N. Aid Visit

Bangui - Heavy fighting erupted near the airport in Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Wednesday as Christian militia blocked an attempt to evacuate Muslims, witnesses said, disrupting a visit by a top United Nations aid official. The former French colony has been gripped by cycles of inter-religious killing despite the deployment of about 6,000 African and 1,600 French peacekeepers to halt violen ...

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Ukraine Leader Denounces Coup Bid, West Weighs Sanctions

Kiev - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. European Union leaders said they were urgently preparing targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown on protesters who have been occupying central Kiev for ...

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Pakistan, U.S. Military Leaders Underline Security in Afghanistan

Islamabad - Commander of U.S. Central Command General Lloyd J. Austin III on Wednesday met with senior Pakistani military leaders and discussed issues related to “regional security situation with special emphasis on Afghanistan," the Pakistan military said.They also reviewed bilateral cooperation between the two militaries, a statement from the military said. Austin, who arrived on Wednesday, held talks wit ...

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Just Half of Authorized Investments Actually Made In 2013 in Afghanistan: Officials

KABUL - Just half of $1.4 billion in approved investments were actually made in 2013, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries said on Tuesday. The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has issued licenses worth $1.4 billion dollars but only $762 million in investments were actually made, said Feroz Khan Masjedi, Head of Strategy, Policy, and Planning at the commerce ministry. Officials at the ministr ...

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Four Presidential Candidates Take Part in Second TV Debate

KABUL - Four Afghan presidential candidates participated in the second televised TOLOnews debate on Tuesday night, exchanging views on the country's security and domestic politics ahead of the April vote. The candidates went head-to head into testy exchanges during the debate, which touched on security, corruption, women's rights. The candidates answered questions for nearly two hours from moderator Mujahid ...

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US Using All Options to Get BergdahlFreed

WASHINGTON - The United States is pursuing all available options, including military, intelligence and diplomacy, to have Sergeant Robert Bergdahl released from the Taliban, the White House said on Tuesday. “We can’t discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that we work every day, using our military, our intelligence and our diplomatic tools, to see Sergeant Bergdahl returned hom ...

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Redoubling Efforts for Securing the Election

With the election looming, the most significant threat to the process seems to be the worsening security despite assurances given by the officials. Recently, Afghan security agencies assured that security has been provided for a number of ballot stations which were initially considered as insecure. The officials have assured that the police and army forces will be capable of providing security for the elect ...

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South Korean Church Mourns After Egypt Bombing

SEOUL, South Korea— A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit Biblical sites on their church's 60th anniversary, officials said Monday. The bus was carrying 33 South Koreans, an Egyptian guide and an Egyptian driver, said a woman working in South Korea's Foreign Ministry press office. ...

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Co-Pilot Hijacks Ethiopian Plane, Surrenders to Swiss Police

GENEVA/ ADDIS ABABA- The co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight surrendered to Swiss authorities in Geneva on Monday after commandeering his aircraft to seek asylum in Switzerland, police said. The plane's second-in-command, named by Ethiopia as HailemedhinAberaTegegn, 31, took control of the plane when the pilot left the cockpit to use the toilet. After landing, Hailemedhin left the aircraft via ...

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