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SIGAR’s Worrisome Report on Corruption in Afghanistan

  US top inspection authority for reconstruction of Afghanistan has warned that hard-gained achievements of the past decade would be in danger of being lost if the widespread corruption is not curbed. According the US top inspection authority for US spending in Afghanistan, SIGAR, the pervasive corruption has hampered Afghan government’s ability to collect revenues, which is the only way for decreasing ...

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ECC’s First Public Review of Complaints

    KABUL - On Wednesday, officials of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) began addressing complaints registered after the release of preliminary results to the media. Officials of the ECC said that a total of 121 complaints were registered against the preliminary results of the presidential elections, of which nine complaints were broadcasted to the public. After today's announcement, the ...

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Labor Rights Being Trampled on: AAFTU

  KABUL - On the eve of International Labour Day falling on May 1, the All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Union (AAFTU) chief alleged on Wednesday workers’ rights were being trampled alike by private and government sectors. Joblessness was rising in Afghanistan with each passing day and the government had done nothing for the labour community during the past decade, Dr. Liaqat Adil, head of AAFTU, tol ...

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Pakistani Madrasas Encourage Afghan Children for Suicide Attacks

  The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) accused religious schools (Madrasas) in Pakistan for encouraging Afghan children to carry out suicide attack. NDS spokeman, Lotfullah Mashal said around 80 percent of the suicide attacks are carried out by children in Afgahnistan. Mashal further added that majority of the children are encouraged in Pakistani Madrasas to for suicide atta ...

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Karzai: US and British Forces Run Illegal Prisons in Afghanistan

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the US and British forces in Afghanistan for running illegal detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. Karzai instructed the security institutions and Afghan attorney general to take immediate steps in order to close or transfer the NATO detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. The instruction by President Hamid Karzai was given after the Afgha ...

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Relief Should be Enhanced for Flood-Hit Provinces

A number of Northern provinces have been worst hit by flash floods with about 150 people dead and many others missing. According to local officials, around 6,000 families have been affected as result of the recent flooding in the Northern provinces. With each day passing, the dimension of the crises emerges even bigger. The death tolls are increasing and thousands of people are desperate for receiving help ...

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Qanuni Asks IEC to Respect People’s Verdict

KABUL - The first vice-president on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to respect people’s verdict and prevent the use of unfair means. Speaking at an event marking the Mujahideen’s Victory, Younus Qanuni said the April 5 election had put Afghanistan on the road to a bright future. The IEC was duty-bound to respect people’s mandate, he stressed. Qanuni added masses had discharged their ...

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Taliban Leaders among 6 Killed in Kapisa Operations

At least six Taliban militants including two Taliban commanders were killed following military operations by Afghan security forces in Kapisa province. Provincial police spokesman, Samonyar Humayun said the Taliban militants were killed during military operations in Nejrab district. Mr. Humayun further added the operations were launched three days back to clear the area from militants’ activities. He said t ...

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Thousands of Children Affected By Floods in Afghanistan

Around 25,000 children have been affected and in need of urgent assistance in the aftermath of flash floods triggered by heavy rain and melting snow in the mountainous area of northern Afghanistan, Save the Children says. Dozens are still missing after the flooding Thursday night in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces, Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Agency said. Aid agencies spent the weekend ...

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Afghanistan Cricket Team Presence in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League

The Afghanistan national cricket team arrived to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Tuesday to participate in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) premier league. According to Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) officials, the Afghan cricket team will start their ACC Premier League tournament from first of May. Afghanistan is among Nepal, United Arab Emirates; host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Asian countries which will contest in AC ...

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Asia-China Gas Pipeline Metering Station Passes Appraisal

Urumqi - Construction of the Horgos metering station for Line C of the China-Central Asia gas pipelines has been completed and passed an appraisal by a quality inspection watchdog. The station will be a hub connecting Line C and China's No.3 West-East gas pipeline. The station will be used to conduct metering, inspection and settlement of imported natural gas from central Asian countries. The Line C pipelin ...

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2 Bombings Kill 6 in Pakistan

Karachi - Two bombings have killed three soldiers and as many seminary students in Pakistan, officials said Monday. In the first incident, a roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border Sunday night, an army statement said. Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against militancy in the tribal regions, which are home to a mix of ...

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EU Chief Observer Asks IEC to Publish Results Online

KABUL - The EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT), welcoming the preliminary results, on Sunday said it invited the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to increase transparency and publish online all preliminary results per polling station. “This will enable all stakeholders including voters and candidates to fully evaluate the presidential election at that stage,” Thijs Berman, the EU EAT chief observer, ...

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Nine Taliban Rebels Killed in Afghan Operations

As a result of series of coordinated operations organized and conduct by the Afghan forces in the past 24 hours, nine insurgents were killed and four others injured, The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) released in a statement on Sunday. Two other Taliban militants were arrested during the operation The statement read: "The Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and the National Directo ...

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Afghan Troops Are Ready To Maintain Second Round of Election’s Security

Afghan army forces are prepared to maintain security if the election goes to the second round. Said General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Chief of the General Staff of the Afghan Army He was speaking during the national Security Council meeting where the Potential of the Afghan armed forces were discussed. The meeting was held in the presence of other senior Afghan commanders and security officials. Interior minist ...

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India and Indonesia Pursue Different Economic Paths

India and Indonesia, relegated to the ranks of the "fragile five" economies, have witnessed a sudden uptick in foreign investment as they go to the polls. Financial markets have responded exuberantly to the prospect of Narendra Modi and Joko "Jokowi" Widodo assuming power in New Delhi and Jakarta, respectively, where they are expected to initiate more "reforms" -- a much-bandied-about word that in this cont ...

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Afghan elections draw a line in the sand – Abdullah vs. Ghani

It took three weeks for the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission to announce the initial result of the presidential election on Saturday April 26th. They claimed there were difficulties with taking the ballot boxes from remote areas, the counting process and recognizing the real votes from the fake one. The Commission said none of the eight candidates met 50%+1 number of votes, meaning that the elect ...

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The Challenging Election Run-off

As expected, the presidential elections will go into a run-off round between the two front-runner candidates – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. According to the full preliminary results of the elections, Abdullah is in the lead with about 44.9 of the votes and Ashraf Ghani follows him with more than 31 percent of the votes. Based on elections timeline, the candidates will have about two weeks to ...

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Authorities begin issuing Electronic passports in Paktika

SHARANA - The authorities on Saturday said they had started issuing electronic passports to people in southeastern Paktika province. Paktika police chief Brig. Gen. Nabi Jan Mullakhel told reporters in Sharana, the provincial capital, that the new passports were valid for five years and had no chance to be forged. Abdul Sattar Chamkani, the deputy passport section head at the police headquarters, told Pajhw ...

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UNAMA Condemns Hospital Killings

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday condemned the killing of three civilians by a gunman the other day at a private hospital in Kabul. All three slain were foreigners who selflessly helped people of Afghanistan in need of medical assistance. The gunman is reported to be a security officer. The motive behind the attack is unknown and no organization has claimed re ...

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