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Karzai Promises Transparent Elections

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, warning against foreign interference in the April elections, on Saturday made clear that Afghanistan would never bow to the whims of outsiders. In his last address to the joint session of parliament that entered the fourth year of its constitutional five-year term, he reaffirmed his resolve to conduct transparent and free presidential and provincial elections. “The elections ...

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Threats against the Journalists on the Rise

As Afghans mourn the death of their country’s vice president, a Swedish journalist was killed in Kabul by militants in downtown Kabul. According to the reports, a less known group named the “Mahaz-e Fadayi Taliban”, which is a hard-liner branch of the Taliban, claimed the attack on the foreign national in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. In reaction to the attack, the main media supporting organization condem ...

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Venezuela Rivals March A Month after First Deaths

CARACAS  _ Supporters and foes of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of Caracas again on Wednesday a month after similar rival rallies brought the first bloodshed in a wave of unrest round the OPEC member nation. Red-clad sympathizers of Maduro's socialist government held a "march for peace" while opponents wearing white gathered to denounce alleged brutality by security forces during V ...

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Ukraine Appeals to the West as Crimea Turns to Russia

SEVASTOPOL _ Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days. With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in their bases, the new authorities in Kiev painted a sorry picture of the military bequeathed them by the pro-Moscow pres ...

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China Worries Hit Stocks; Copper Rebounds from 4-Year Low

New York _ Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors. The concerns over China also kept a lid on the Australian dollar, the Chilean peso and other currencies closely linked to commodities markets, while supporting safe-haven assets like U.S. government bonds and gold. Th ...

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Obama Moves to Boost Number of Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will seek to increase the number of people who earn overtime pay by updating regulations that exempt broad swaths of supervisors, managers and office workers from making overtime, a White House official said on Wednesday. On Thursday, Obama will ask the Labor Department to look at regulations for overtime, and whether to hike the salary threshold above which employers are ...

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G7 Warns Russia on ‘Annexing’ Crimea

Moscow _ Leaders of the G7 group of nations have called on Russia to stop all efforts to "annex" Ukraine's Crimea region. They said if Russia took such a step they would "take further action, individually and collectively". The G7 leaders also said they would not recognise the results of a referendum in Crimea this weekend on whether to split from Ukraine and join Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine's national secur ...

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Faryab Mines Require Investments

Kabul- If there is investments in the mines of northern Faryab province, Afghanistan will become a big exporter of oil and gas among the regional countries, local officials said on Tuesday. According to the Deputy Governor of Faryab province Abdul Satar Baraz, the province has the nation's biggest gas and oil mines through which Afghanistan could reach self-sufficiency and potentially become a regional expo ...

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Religious Scholars Endorse Ashraf Ghani

Kabul- A number of religious scholars on Monday announced their support for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The scholars claimed that their role in the present government has been largely symbolic and demanded more influence in the next administration. Meanwhile, Ghani said that if the religious scholars express show a commitement to implementing reforms and the restoration of peace and securi ...

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Need for Ratification of Violence against Women Law

Kabul- the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday expressed major concerns about the growing violence against women and called on the Afghan government to undertake necessary measures to curb domestic violence against women. In the meantime, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that throughout the current year, 680 cases of violence against women have been registered, up to 500 of whi ...

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Concerns over the Murder of a Swedish Reporter

Kabul- the Afghan journalist community has expressed major concerns over the killing of a Swedish journalist Nils Horner on Sunday in a heavily guarded area of Kabul. Mr. Horner was reporting for a Swedish radio and had arrived in Afghanistan three days before his killing. The assassins were two people who escaped from the scene after conducting the murder. The event followed serious international reactions ...

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Marshal Fahim’s Five Praiseworthy Functions

Kabul- Here is a round-up of the five most memorable achievements of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who died on Sunday, in the last 13 years. Marshal Fahim had served as Afghanistan's vice-president since 2009 and held previous posts including defense minister. He played a big role in Bonn Conference, where most Afghan political leaders came together after the fall of the Taliban to decide on Afghanistan's f ...

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Suicide Bombers Killed In Clash with Kandahar Security Forces

Kandahar- Three suicide bombers who wanted to attack Kandahar's National Directorate of Security were killed by security forces early on Wednesday, local officials said. The incident took place in Kandahar city, when the bombers attacked the security guards of the department and started clashing with them. One NDS security guard and a female employee of the department were injured in the attack, said Deputy ...

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Youth Constitute 70 Percent of Provincial Council Candidates

Kabul- Seventy percent of the provincial council candidates come from the country's youth, signifying youth's interest in the political process, the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday. IEC has not given an exact statistic about the number of candidates yet. Some young candidates have said that the youths could contribute effectively in the country's development process because ...

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Threatening the Elections

The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the upcoming elections and asked the people not to participate in the April’s presidential race. A spokesman of the militant group released a statement calling the practice as an American agenda which aims to bring a pro-American figure to power in Kabul. The new threats from the Taliban are coming a few weeks to the election which is to be the first election in Afghanistan ...

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Thailand to Lift State of Emergency as Business Suffers

Bangkok - Thailand is expected to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok, almost two months after it was imposed to quell anti-government protests, because of pressure from businesses and in light of improving security, a top official said on Tuesday. Protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and end what they see as the pervasive influence of her brother, ousted former premier Thaksi ...

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Sanctions on Russia over Ukraine Could Come This Week: France

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine could be imposed as early as this week if Moscow failed to respond positively to a proposition designed to calm the crisis. Fabius told radio station France Inter that a referendum in the Crimea region on joining Russia set for March 16 was illegitimate and that the annexation of the region by Russia wo ...

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North Korea’s Assembly Vote Puts Some Purge Rumors to Rest

Pyongyang - North Korea announced on Tuesday the winners of an election to its Supreme People's Assembly, including a senior army man whose re-election will dispel talk that he had been purged by leader Kim Jong Un. Since Kim executed his powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek in December for treason speculation has been rife that the young leader was running a ruthless campaign to purge the secretive state's old e ...

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Time Running Out for EU Bid to Engage Russia, Germany Warns

Berlin - The European Union will start preparing further responses to Russia's actions in Ukraine if Moscow does not show signs of backing down by the weekend, Germany's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday. Russian forces have consolidated their hold on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula ahead of a Russian-backed referendum on the region's future scheduled for Sunday March 16. The governments in Kiev and its Western b ...

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Malaysia Military Tracked Missing Plane to West Coast: Source

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's military believes it tracked a missing jetliner by radar over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a military source told Reuters. In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, now in its fourth day, has so ...

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