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Preliminary Afghan vote results released

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released preliminary Afghan vote results on Saturday. Abdullah Abdullah secured 44.9% of votes, Dr. Ashraf Ghani 41.5%, Zalmai Rassoul 11.5% and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf 7.1% of the votes. He said the election will likely go to the second round however it will become clear once the independent electoral complaints commission (ECC) completes its work. ...

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Respect the Will of the People

As the officials are going to announce the results of the 5 April elections next week, there are widespread concerns about behaviors of the leading candidates to the outcome of the process. In the last defining phase of the elections, the election is highly contested and the main frontrunners openly express confidence for winning the elections. The two main contenders of the elections have been in fierce co ...

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U.S. to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt, Relaxing Hold on Aid

Cairo - The United States said on Tuesday it will deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a partial suspension of aid imposed after Egypt's military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last year and cracked down violently on protesters. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart of the decision, which will help Egypt's counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula, ...

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Breaking News:

Deputy minister of ministry of public works who was kidnapped weeks ago, has been rescued by Security officials. Deputy minister was kidnapped week ago while he was going on the way to office, by some unknown gunman NDS source ...

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Australia Unmoved by U.N. Critique of Asylum Seeker Policy

  Jakarta - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for l ...

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Obama Reassures Japan, Other Allies on China as Asia Trip Begins

  KABUL - The national Ariana Afghan Airlines (AAA) on Wednesday posted the highest quarterly results in number of passengers, revenues and on-time performance in the international carrier’s 59-year history.  A statement by the AAA said that as comparing the first quarter operational results for 2014 to the same period last year, the figures note a 16 percent increase in revenues and a dramatic 29 perc ...

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Ariana Afghan Airlines Posts Historic Results

  KABUL - The national Ariana Afghan Airlines (AAA) on Wednesday posted the highest quarterly results in number of passengers, revenues and on-time performance in the international carrier’s 59-year history.  A statement by the AAA said that as comparing the first quarter operational results for 2014 to the same period last year, the figures note a 16 percent increase in revenues and a dramatic 29 perc ...

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Environmental Protection Stressed For Healthy Society

  KABUL - On the eve of International Mother Earth Day, a meeting was held to mark the day in which the participants stressed on keeping the land and environment protected and fertile, asking authorities to adopt measures to curb the negative impact of human activity on the land. Addressing a meeting to mark the day, Ghulam Nabi Farahi, deputy minister of information and culture,  on Tuesday said most ...

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US Weighing Smaller Presence in Afghanistan

The United States may decide to leave a much smaller size of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. According to Reuters news agency, the officials in Washington are deliberating over presence of less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan ends by end of this year. This is the minimum size of troops American military commanders have demanded, and it was predicted previous ...

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Nine Killed in Attacks in Pakistan’s Volatile Northwest

Islamabad - Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end years of fighting with Taliban insurgents through peace negotiations. Talks began in February bu ...

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Iranian Lawmakers Seek Probe into Prison Beatings

Tehran - Several Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded a probe into alleged beatings of political prisoners held at Tehran's Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency reported. Families of the inmates met with the lawmakers on Sunday, seeking clarification on what happened to their kin, according to the report. The meetings came after families members of a group of political prisoners being held in ward 35 ...

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IEC Delays Preliminary Results to Saturday

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) stated in a press release Tuesday night that they have delayed the announcement of preliminary results to Saturday April 26, 2014. Instead a third partial result will be shared on Thursday. The press release states, that the delay is only for a short period of time allowing the IEC to thoroughly assess the ballots to provide an accurate and credible result that will ...

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‘US Troop Size in Afghanistan May Cut to 5,000’

KABUL - The United States is likely to keep about 5,000 troops post-2014 in Afghanistan as the longest war in American history winds down, an official said on Tuesday. Soon after Afghanistan's April 5 elections, the Pentagon, White House and State Department officials were in discussions on how many American troops should remain in the country after the US-led coalition ends its mission this year, Reuters r ...

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MoEC: New Economic Policy to Revitalize Economy

KABUL - Afghan Ministry of Economy (MoEC) Spokesman, Najibullah Amin, reported on Monday that the extractions of mines, energy generation and establishment of infrastructure projects have been included in the new economic policy and that its implementation requires long term international support. Amin said if the projects are actually executed it will bring visible economic change to the country within thr ...

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Meshrano Jirga to Summon Security Officials

KABUL - During the Meshrano Jirga session on Tuesday, most of the Senators expressed their concerns over the security situation in the country and preferred to summon security officials to brief the house during the next week’s session. Ali Akbar Jamshedi, a representative from central Daikundi province, said security at country’s vital highways had been deteriorated dramatically. He said security officials ...

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IEC’s Election Conduct Under Scrutiny

As the election commission is considering thousands of votes for irregularities, differences are emerging from within the Independent Election Commission over the handling of the suspicious votes. Aziz Aryafar, a member of the Independent Election Commission challenged the ruling of the invalidation of thousands of votes in Western Herat Province. Aryafar question legality of the decision made by IEC local ...

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Challenges and Opportunities Ahead of Insurance Industry in Afghanistan

Afghan entrepreneur and chairman of SMN Investments, Sadat Mansoor Naderi shares the challenges and potential of insurance industry in Afghanistan. Sadat Mansoor Naderi is the first Afghan entrepreneur to win the Peace through Commerce Award from United States Department of Commerce in 2012. Naderi single-handedly created the first private insurance company in Afghanistan in late 2007 despite the war-torn c ...

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Abdullah’s Lead in Presidential Polls

As more results are announced by the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah Abdullah further extends his lead in the presidential elections over his main rival Ashraf Ghani. With the gap between the two frontrunners further widening, there is a growing sense of confidence among Dr. Abdullah’s team that he might win a majority of the votes in the first round of the elections. Dr. Abdullah himself has comm ...

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40 Taliban Militants Killed and Injured Afghan Operations

At least 40 Taliban militants were killed and injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry officials said Monday. According to a statement released by interior ministry, the militants were killed or injured during operations conducted in Samangan, Faryab, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces. The statement further added that the Afgh ...

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Dealing with the Electoral Irregularities

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has decided to quarantine thousands of votes due to many complaints submitted regarding irregularities and frauds in some certain polling stations across the country. According to the ECC officials, if the complaints are found valid, the votes will be disqualified. The ECC and IEC have assured in recent weeks that all the illegitimate votes will be disqualified and ...

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