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Women Ask Candidates for Clarity on Women’s Issues

Kabul- With the start of Presidential campaign on Sunday, a number of females told TOLOnews that they expected the candidates to establish clear platforms regarding the political, social and economic development of Afghan women. The upcoming elections have been portrayed as a pivotal litmus test for Afghan democracy and the future direction of the country. For women's advocates, with the NATO coalition with ...

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NATO Plans for Afghan Military Presence Post-2014: Rasmussen

Brussels - Speaking to reporters while attending the Munich Security Conference, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday said that NATO is still planning for a military presence in Afghanistan post-2014. "We are still planning for a presence after 2014, a resolute support, training mission, and that planning continues, and will continue, assuming that one day we will get a signature on the ...

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Presidential Campaigns Kicks Off

Kabul- the Afghan presidential election campaigns formally kicked off on Sunday, officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced. The Presidential and Provincial Council elections are scheduled to be held on April 5 this year, and is expected to be a momentous step for the country marking the first democratic transition of Presidential power in Afghan history. According to Election Law, Pre ...

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Kicking off the Election Campaigns

The presidential candidates are to formally kick-off their election campaigns on Sunday. With the beginning of the election campaigns, the process of presidential elections enters a crucial phase during which the candidates will promote their programs and sell their agenda to the people. The campaign season comes at a time when the country is experiencing a hard time as the country is entering an uncertain ...

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Arab Presence no Threat to Farah: Governor

FARAH CITY - Arab nationals, who have come to western Farah province on the basis of an understanding with the Afghan government, want to initiate public welfare projects there, the governor said on Friday.Mohammad Umar Sherzad, in his exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, rejected reports that Arabs were hunting rare birds in western Afghanistan. The Arabs planned to establish a farm of rare birds ...

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UK to Help Evaluate Afghan Education System

KABUL - The United Kingdom has promised to cooperate with Afghanistan in educating its girls and evaluating the education system, an official said on Friday. KabirHaqmal, the Ministry of Education spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Britain had agreed to provide £49 million to help girls in the poorest rural areas to get access to a quality education. British officials assured Afghan delegates of help in ev ...

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UN Chief Pushes for Quick Return to Syria Talks

Berlin - The United Nations' secretary-general pressed the U.S. and Russia to help ensure that peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's civil war can soon resume, while Russia's foreign minister said Saturday that it is "very difficult" to push Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to make concessions. A week of peace talks ended in Geneva on Friday with no concrete progress and no immediate commitment fr ...

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Ukraine President Signs Amnesty but Anger Remains, Currency Slumps

Kiev - Ukraine's embattled President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday signed into law an amnesty for demonstrators detained during mass unrest and repealed anti-protest legislation, in a fresh bid to take the heat out of the political crisis. But the move by Yanukovich, which demonstrated he remains politically active despite going on sick leave on Thursday, was not likely to be enough to end the sometimes viole ...

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Gunshots, Explosions Rock Thai Protest Day Ahead of Polls

Bangkok - Dozens of gunshots and at least two explosions raised tensions amid anti-government protests in the Thai capital on Saturday, a day ahead of a general election seen as incapable of restoring stability in the deeply polarised country.  At least three people were wounded in the violence in front of a suburban shopping mall in the north of Bangkok. Gunmen among the crowds could be seen hiding their w ...

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Sinai-Based Militants Claim Rocket Attack on Israel

Sinai- A Sinai-based militant group inspired by al Qaeda, AnsarBayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility on Saturday for a failed rocket attack on Israel's Red Sea resort city Eilat a day earlier. Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system on Friday shot down a rocket fired in the direction of Eilat, an occasional target of militants in Egypt's lawless Sinai peninsula. "Jews, know that nothing will stop us figh ...

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Syria Chemical Weapons: Kerry Asks Russia to Hasten Removal

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Russia to press its ally Syria into speeding up the removal of chemical weapons. The US says only about 4% of chemical weapons declared by the Syrian government have so far been removed. Mr Kerry raised the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, officials said. Syria's chemical weapons are ...

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Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia amid Tensions over Iran, Syria: Report

Washington - President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington's main Arab ally over U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported. Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings. "This is about a ...

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Presidential Runners Set to Receive Vehicles

KABUL - Three armored and as many Hilux vehicles will be placed at the disposal of each presidential runner on Saturday, the Election Security Commission head said on Friday. The 11 candidates for the April 5 presidential vote have so far nominated 170 security guards, who have been be absorbed into police ranks. Gen. Mohammed Salem Ihsas told Pajhwok Afghan News the vehicles were ready for delivery to the ...

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Afghan Ministries Can’t Manage Direct Aid: SIGAR

KABUL - The Afghan government is incapable of ensuring that direct US financial assistance to the country will be used without risk of misuse and corruption, an American watchdog said on Thursday. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) found and shared this inability with Afghan ministries. "USAID contractors assessed 16 Afghan ministries and found they are unable to manage and account for fund ...

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Karzai, Cameron Confer on BSA

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has held a telephonic conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron on various issues of mutual interest, including the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The Presidential Palace said on Saturday the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, the outcome of Afghanistan-Pakistan-Britain trilateral meeting and the Kabul-Washington security pact. During Friday’s convers ...

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Islamabad Rejects Spanta’sRemarks

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to supporting an Afghan-led peace process, denying Kabul’s allegation of interference from Islamabad in its internal affairs. The Foreign Office renewed its support for the reconciliation effort on Friday evening -- a day after President Hamid Karzai’s National Security Advisor Dr.RanginDadfarSpanta alleged Pakistan continued to meddle in Afghanistan’s affa ...

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