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Sherzai Alleges Massive Fraud in Elections

KABUL - Presidential runner Muhammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai on Sunday said that findings of his team showed instances of widespread corruption in April, 5 presidential and provincial council polls. Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, Sherzai said his team would wait until the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) made public its decision over the alleged fraud related complaints. He rejecte ...

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Production of Sugar Surges in Baghlan

PUL-I-KHUMRI - The production of brown sugar has doubled as farmers’ increased growing sugar beet in northern Bghlan province. The factory had been activated with the support of Germany in Baghlan province in 1940. The factory had to halt production in 1991 due to insecurity, but resumed functioning back in 2006 after President Hamid Karzai’s government established. Annually, about 5,000 acres of land is us ...

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870 A-Category Complaints May Affect Poll Results

KABUL - The Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) on Sunday said 870 recorded complaints falling in (A) category could impact overall results of the April, 5 presidential and provincial council polls, an official said. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, the IECC spokesman Nadir Muhsini said so far 3,274 complaints had been registered across the country, with 1,892 of them were supported by d ...

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Abdullah Leads Closest Rival Ahmadzai

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday released partial results from last week’s presidential elections, with Abdullah Abdullah leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The IEC officials put 10 percent of the votes counted so far at 506,843. Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani said the counted votes belonged to the country’s 26 provinces. By which Abdu ...

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Afghanistan’s Armed Forces Sustainability

Afghanistan National Security Forces was successful in a major security operation which tested its readiness against a potential resurgence of the Taliban. About 400,000-strong Afghan army and police forces played a remarkable role in securing the elections despite Taliban’s determination to disrupt the polls. The successful security operation for the elections attracted widespread praises for the security ...

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French Foreign Minister on Historic Visit to Cuba

Havana - France's foreign minister was expected to arrive in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was scheduled to have a working lunch with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez before meeting with Cardinal Jaime ...

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Syria Rebels, Government Report Poison Gas Attack

Beirut - Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack. The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack Friday hurt dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama. It did not say what type of gas was ...

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France’s Le Pen, in Moscow, Blames EU for New ‘Cold War’

Paris - Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominen ...

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Un Climate Report Balances Science and Politics

Berlin - After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels. As always when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopts one of its high-profile reports, the weeklong talks in B ...

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Fading Signals add Urgency to Search for Missing Malaysian Jet

Kuala Lumpur - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board may have died. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Friday that signals picked up during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed to be "pings" from the bla ...

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Ukraine Says Russia Stoking Unrest as Gunmen Seize more Buildings

Kiev - Ukraine appealed to Russia to halt "provocative actions" in its eastern regions on Saturday as pro-Russian militants seized two more government buildings and called for autonomy from Kiev. At least 20 armed militants wearing mismatched camouflage outfits took over the police and security services headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, about 150 km (90 miles) from the border with Russia, seizi ...

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A peaceful, stable Afghanistan cannot be imagined without Indo-Pak collaboration

Manzar Imam- New Delhi:  Conventional discourse on Afghanistan is focused on fractures. While the fact is that the Afghan government of today is more inclusive in its composition than it was in any time in history. Therefore lessons need to be leant and policies formed accordingly. These views were expressed by Jayant Prasad, former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan. He was speaking at a panel discussion on ...

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Historical Change to the Afghanistan Olympic

The National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan hosted a gathering to celebrate the inauguration of the new office of National Olympic Committee and the introduction of its newly elected acting President Mr. Fahim Hashemi on the 9th of April 2014 in Kabul Afghanistan. The gathering was attended by Ministers Health, Counter-Narcotics, Information and Culture, Transport and Civil Aviation, Afghanistan Chamber o ...

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Wolesi Jirga Approves Accords with Norway, Finland

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament on Saturday approved two agreements of strategic cooperation with Norway and Finland by majority of votes. Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, a lawmaker from Kabul and Wolesi Jirga’s international affairs commission head, said the agreements were of greater benefit to the people and government. Under the agreement reached between Afghanistan and Norway in 2012 ...

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Mutasim may be Deported to Kabul: Aide

KABUL - Veteran Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been put under house-arrest by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a close aide confided to Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday. Mutasim, who held peace talks with the High Peace Council members in Dubai last month, had been under investigation since last week by officials in the UAE, a friend of the Taliban’s former minister said. A media repor ...

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Weapons Recovered from Pak-Afghan Friendship Bus

JALALABAD - Border police have recovered 19 weapons from a bus part of a Pakistani transport service after it crossed the border into eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday. The bus part of the “Pak-Afghan Friendship Bus Service” was searched after it crossed the Torkham border into Afghanistan a day earlier, said Col. Mohammad Ayub Hussainkhel, the border police’s fourth battalion command ...

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Zakhilwal Signs $255m Projects with WB

WASHINGTON - Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Friday signed with the World Bank (WB) four projects worth $255.5 million, which once implemented, would play a significant role in Afghanistan's development. Zakhilwal, leading a high-powered delegation to the annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the WB, signed an agreement on the projects with WB Vice South Asia President Philli ...

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President Karzai’s Legacy

President Karzai will soon leave the presidential office and will become the first retired president of Afghanistan who has completed his term peacefully. There are a lot that contribute in defining President Karzai’s legacy. Issues such as corruption, anti-insurgency war, governance, and foreign invasion of Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s relations of the country with the outside world will be the most impor ...

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Malaysia Releases Transcript of Last Words from Missing Plane

Kuala Lumpur - The last words from the cockpit of a missing Malaysian jet were a standard "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", Malaysian authorities said, changing their account of the critical last communication from a more casual "All right, good night". Malaysia on Tuesday released the full transcript of communications between the Boeing 777 and local air traffic control before it dropped from civili ...

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NATO Plans More Support for East Europeans Worried By Crimea

Brussels - NATO will decide new steps on Tuesday to reinforce eastern European countries worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea, and on how to bolster Ukraine's armed forces. Diplomats said NATO foreign ministers will look at options ranging from stepped-up military exercises and sending more forces to eastern members states, to the permanent basing of alliance forces there - a step Moscow would view as p ...

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