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India Arrests All Suspects In Gang-Rape Case

Indian police have arrested five people, including two policemen, over the alleged gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, officials have said. The three suspects, detained for the attack in Uttar Pradesh state, are cousins in their 20s from an extended family. They face charges of rape and murder, crimes punishable by the death penalty, police officer N Malik said on Saturday. Officials in Uttar Prade ...

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US Deploys First Advanced Drones To Japan

The US air force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan. According to the AP news agency, the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft were deployed to Japan over the past week from their home base on the Pacific island of Guam. They are expected to enhance the US military's ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations, an ...

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4 Dead, 10 Hurt As Pakistani Copters Pound Kunar

ASADABAD: Four civilians were killed and ten others were injured after Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded civilian homes in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said. The attack involving two choppers began around 8am on Saturday and was still ongoing, Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the dead and wounded included women and children, saying ...

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Afghan Forces Ready To Retaliate To Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai has directed the Afghan forces to stand ready for retaliation to Pakistani attacks on eastern Afghan provinces, the defence minister told lawmakers on Saturday. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi told the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament that President Karzai had cautioned Pakistani officials that Afghanistan could no longer tolerate the cross border shelling. Over the past thre ...

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The Wrong Afghan Friends

  By ANAND GOPAL At a checkpoint on a dirt road in southeasternAfghanistan in 2012, Rahim Sarobi, a farmer, braked to a stop behind a knot of idling cars. Up ahead, Afghan gunmen were piled into the back of a Toyota Hilux. On the ground, tied to the rear fender by their wrists, lay two bloodied men, laboring to breathe. Everyone was ordered out of their vehicles. The burly checkpoint commander, known simply ...

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President Karzai declares support for Afghan banks

President Hamid Karzai conferred on the challenges facing the Afghan banks at a meeting attended by concerned ministers, chairman of the Central Bank and heads of the private banks. The meeting came after China announced halting financial transactions with Afghan commercial banks. President Karzai declared support for the Afghan banks and reassured that the Afghan government remained committed in strengthen ...

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12 civilians killed in eastern Ghazni Provice bombing

  A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians, including seven women in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, officials said, the latest violence in the country as US-led troops prepare to leave after 13 years of war. The victims were travelling in Giro district of Ghazni province after a wedding ceremony when the bomb ripped through their vehicle, district governor Abdullah Khairkhwah told a foreign news agency. “Twe ...

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Afghan Lower House to vote on Anti-Money Laundering Law next week

The Afghan Lower House committees will vote on the Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Prevention Laws next Wednesday. After approval from the Lower House, the Laws would be submitted to the Senate to decide whether or not to send it on to President Hamid Karzai for ratification or send it back to the Lower House for further amendments. The passing of the Law has become a top priority of the Parli ...

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Kabul summons Pakistani ambassador on Cross-border shelling

“Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Ershad Ahmadi summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul, Abrar Hussain, to the foreign Ministry and lodged a strong protest over the rocket and artillery shelling in Kunar, Nuristan and other areas from the Pakistani side of the Durand Line,” the Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement. Afghan officials claim hundreds of rockets have been fired from Pakistani ter ...

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One dead as ISAF chopper crashes in Southern Afghanistan

KABUL: A member of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has been killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country, the NATO-led force said in a statement. It was not immediately clear if the crash was an accident or the result of hostile action. "An International Security Assistance Force service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Wednesday," ...

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Paying Billions of Dollars in Bribe

Integrity Watch Afghanistan released a shocking report that says Afghans have paid $2 billion in bribes during past twelve months. According to the report, Afghanistan’s judiciary is the most corrupt government institution while police is the second. The report added that level of corruption in education and health sectors are respectively in third and fourth. The executive chairman of Integrity Watch Afgha ...

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Egypt Voting Extended Amid Poor Turnout

Egyptians have been given an extra day to cast their ballots in the country's presidential election, after two days of low voter numbers at polling booths. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief who quit in March to run for president, is expected to easily win, but his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support. On Wednesday, there was little sign that the number of voters ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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Sri Lanka monks occupy ministry building

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Protesters led by Buddhist monks from the right-wing Ravana Balaya group have occupied the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist group protested on Wednesday against the creation of a new religious police unit, which was created in April this year in the wake of rising number of religious conflicts in recen ...

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Airlifting Of Election Material Demanded

FAIZABAD: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it was difficult transferring election materials to some districts of northeastern Badakhshan province without air support from security forces. IEC Director Mohammad Rasoul Umar said the delivery of sensitive election material to 14 districts had already been completed but roads to 14 mountainous districts were covered with snow, hamperi ...

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Karzai Seeks Explanation on Border Shelling

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunninghamand NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunfordon the unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops of eastern Kunar province. A statement from the presidential palace said Karzai asked for an explanation of sporadic rocket attacks from the Pakistan side. He asked NATO and US officials to raise the issue with their Pakistani counterparts, t ...

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No US Troops in Afghanistan after 2016: Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the US would have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan at the beginning of 2015 if the new president agreed to sign the bilateral security agreement. The US would withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. “At the beginning of 2015, we will have approximately 9,800 US service members in different parts of the country, together with our NATO al ...

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Afghanistan Finds 3 Russian Mi-17B-5 Helicopters

KABUL Russian officials said the country had delivered three more Mi-17B-5 helicopters to the Afghan air force, reaching the number to 15 choppers under a contract between Russia and the US governments. Under the agreement, 12 choppers had already been delivered and the remaining will be sent before October 31, 2014, Russian officials earlier this month said. Director of the Federal Service for Military-Tec ...

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Senior Afghan Officials Accused Of Electoral Fraud

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said Tuesday that a number of senior government officials were involved in electoral fraud in the first round of election. IEC officials said the list of senior government officials involved in electoral fraud has been sent to the President Palace. The officials urged the government of Afghanistan to dismiss the officials involved in electoral fraud. ...

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