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Yanukovich Says is Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief, Army Will Ignore ‘Criminal Orders’

Kiev - Ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich insisted on Tuesday that he remained Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he would return to Kiev and appealing to the armed forces to defy any "criminal orders" handed down by his foes. In a defiant statement delivered in Russia, to where he fled last month, Yanukovich attacked what he called the "band of ultranationalists and neo-fascists" th ...

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Front Companies, Embassies Mask North Korean Weapons Trade – U.N

Pyongyang - North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent U.N. sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued on Tuesday said. It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures and techniques "pioneered by drug-trafficking organizations" that made tracking the isolated state's ...

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Late Marshal Fahim Laid to Rest

KABUL - Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim laid to rest in Kipak Hill area of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, officials said. During his burial, a ceremony to fire a 21-gun salute in honour of the country's late and charismatic vice-president was observed. Earlier in the day, the state funeral service for Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim was held at the Presidential Palace in Kab ...

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Balkh Journalist Injured in Attack

MAZAR-E-SHARIF - Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a local journalist in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, leaving him critically wounded, an official said Tuesday. Mukhtar Wafaee, in charge of Howida website, was injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him, Col. Abdul Razaq Qadari, provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Police, he said had started raids ...

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Swedish Journalist Shot Dead in Central Kabul

KABUL - A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections. The Swedish Embassy identified the victim as Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality. "Nils was one of our absolute ...

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Fahim Was a Friend through Thick and Thin: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday called late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim as a man of principles and a good partner of him on important national interest issues. After presiding over the state funeral service for the late VP, Karzai said his longtime and all-weather friend had departed forever.  He called Fahim a brother, who spent his entire life in the service of his country. “I us ...

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Marshal Fahim’s Absence in the Electoral Politics

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Marshal Qasim Fahim’s death was unexpected and occurred at a crucial juncture of time. As a leading political figure, Fahim passed away at a time when the country is inching closer to the April’s presidential election, which is going to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan. Marshal Fahim was expected to play an important role in the upcoming elections ...

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Clashes in Northwest Yemen Leave 30 Dead, Dozens Injured

Sana’a - At least 30 people were killed over two days of clashes between Shi'ite Muslim insurgents and Sunni Salafi tribesmen in Yemen's northwestern al-Jawf province, the provincial governor said, as chaos reigns two years after mass protests ousted the country's leader. Shi'ite Houthi fighters are trying to strengthen their hold on the north - just one of the challenges facing an interim government also b ...

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Japan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Honolulu

Tokyo - A Japan Airlines- operated Boeing 787 made an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport after oil pressure in its right engine dropped, the Japanese carrier said. The two-engined jetliner en route to San Francisco from Tokyo diverted to Honolulu, landing at 1343 local time Saturday with 160 passengers on board, a spokesman for JAL said. No one was injured in the incident. "We are investigating the cause ...

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Netanyahu Says Any Peace Deal with Palestinians At Least a Year Away

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu said any peace deal with the Palestinians would take at least another year to negotiate should both sides accept U.S.-proposed principles to keep talks going. In an Israel Radio interview broadcast on Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated that he regarded guidelines that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is drafting for a future deal as an "American document of American ...

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Libya Authorizes Use of Force against North Korean-Flagged Tanker

Tripoli - Libya's defense ministry has issued orders to its military authorizing the use of force to stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by armed rebels seeking to bypass the Tripoli government, state media said on Sunday. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press demands for a greater share of oil revenues and political autonomy, received the tanker on ...

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Malaysian Jetliner May Have Turned Back Before Vanishing

Kuala Lumpur - A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard. More than 36 hours after the last contact with Flight MH370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, officials said they were widening the search to cover vast s ...

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Russian Forces Tighten Grip on Crimea despite U.S. Warning

Moscow - Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Sunday despite a U.S. warning to Moscow that annexing the southern Ukrainian region would close the door to diplomacy in a tense East-West standoff. Russian forces' seizure of the Black Sea peninsula has been bloodless but tensions are mounting following the decision by pro-Russian groups that have taken over the regional parliament to make Crimea pa ...

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Iraqi PM Maliki Says Saudi, Qatar Openly Funding Violence in Anbar

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year. Security forces have been fighting insurgents from the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Anbar's two main cities - Fallu ...

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Islamabad Appoints Its New Envoy to Kabul

KABUL - Pakistan has appointed its new ambassador to Afghanistan replacing outgoing Mohammad Sadiq Khan in Kabul, an official said on Sunday. Akhtar Munir, attaché at the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Sunday was Khan’s last day in office as the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan and he left for home after the embassy staff bid him a farewell. He said the Pakistan Foreign Ministr ...

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Kubis Expresses Grief over Fahim Demise

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic demise of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the First Vice-President of Afghanistan. Fahim died Sunday of cardiac arrest in the capital Kabul. Through a decree, President Hamid Karzai declares a three-day national mourning across Afghanistan, starting tomorrow, during which the national flag ...

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Electronic Charity to Benefit Red Crescent Launches in Afghanistan

KABUL - The Afghan Red Crescent Society will soon offer an electronic charity which can be participated in via mobile phone, officials announced on Saturday. The charity will allow Afghans across the country to participate by buying electronic tickets via their mobile phones, which will give them the chance to win prizes. The services are provided by Alef Technology Company. Revenues will benefit the Afghan ...

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57pc Balkh Residents Interested In Polls: Survey

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on Sunday said 57 percent residents of northern Balkh province were interested the April 5 elections and the remaining 44 called the vote as symbolic, citing a survey. The survey interviewed 301 individuals, 48 percent of them women, during a month’s period, the IHRC regional office head said. Syed Mohammad Sami told a meeting that those interv ...

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Marshal Fahim Dies from Illness

KABUL -  First-Vice president Field Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim died Sunday of natural causes, a presidential spokesman said. Aimal Faizi wrote on tweet "with deep sadness, the first vice president, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim has passed away. May his soul rest in peace.” He said the government of Afghanistan has called for a three-day national mourning, during which the national flag will be half-hoisted ...

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The Dark Past and The Uncertain Future for Women

Afghanistan observed the International Women’s Day as the country is bracing for transitioning into a new period which is marred with uncertainty particularly for the women. As previous year, Afghanistan celebrated the Women’s Day through special events and ceremonies. The Day is particularly import for the women of Afghanistan as the Afghan women along with the civil society are struggling to preserve the ...

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