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EU invests in cross-border trade and transit – and improves regional security

As part of EU's € 8 million Border Management Northern Afghanistan Project, EU Special representative and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, on Thursday handed over a newly constructed Border Crossing Point to the Afghan Border Police. The event took place near the town of Djomarji Bolo in Badakhshan Province, on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. Handing over the fa ...

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5 Afghan footballers, 3 officials injured in Maldives road accident

At least five Afghan football players were injured along with three officials of Afghanistan football federation (AFF) following a road accident in Maldives. The incident took place after the Afghan team left the stadium and their bus collided with other vehicles, officials in Afghanistan football federation (AFF) said. The officials further added that the football players and officials have suffered minor ...

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Twin Bomb Explosions Rock Islamabad

Twin bomb attacks have rocked Pakistan's capital Islamabad, killing one person and injuring two others, officials have said. The first blast took place around 2am on Saturday at Super Market, an upmarket shopping area close to the city centre in an area known as F6. The second occurred about half an hour later in the parking area of a car dealership in another market in an area known as G-9. "It is not yet ...

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Urumqi Attack: China Arrests Suspect in Xinjiang

Authorities in China say they have held a suspect over Thursday's attack on a market in Urumqi in Xinjiang province in which 39 people died. More than 90 others were wounded. The man was held in Bayingolin prefecture, to the south of Urumqi. The other four suspects died in the attack, officials told Xinhua. The authorities have announced a one-year campaign against militant violence in Xinjiang province, ho ...

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India-Pakistan Proxy War in Afghanistan

The deadly on Indian Consulate in Herat province has once again sparked concerns over proxy war between rival regional powers in Afghanistan. The attack was organized at a time to have the highest possible repercussions and have potential impacts on regional politics and involvement of India and Pakistan in Afghanistan. The deadly assault on Indian consulate in Herat is coming ahead of coming new government ...

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Karzai to Attend Modi’s Swearing-in Ceremony

President Hamid Karzai has accepted India's invitation to attend prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, officials said on Saturday. A spokesman for the Prime Minister House in New Delhi said the inauguration ceremony would be held on May 26. Indian foreign minister spokesman Syed Akbaruddin on Friday told reporters presidents of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) co ...

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WJ Summons Top Security Officials

The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Saturday decided to summon security officials a week later to brief the august house on the crucial second round of presidential election. Presidential contenders Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah are set to contest the runoff vote slated for June 14. Eng. Zakria, a lawmaker from Kabul, told the session sporadic cross-border attacks were being unleashed by neighbou ...

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Candidates Warned of Disqualification

KABUL: The Independent Election (IEC) on Saturday warned presidential runners of disqualification if they trampled on relevant laws. IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad told reporters in Kabul both presidential hopefuls should avoid raking up ethnic and religious issues during their campaigns. He asked the contenders and their campaign managers to canvass keeping in view the election laws and rules. In case of viol ...

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Afghans pay a heavy price for uncertainty

A bored security guard, a Kalashnikov rifle over his shoulder, stands guard alone outside an idle construction site for a 10-storey building in downtown Kabul, one of more than a dozen concrete shells with not a single construction worker in sight. It was meant to be boom-time after decades of war and privation. Over the past few years, shiny new shopping malls started to spring up around the Afghan capital ...

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The Kill List We Don’t Talk About

Osama bin Laden, Al-Zarqawi, Mullah Omar: we know these names because they were on a kill list, a targeted roster the United States uses to pursue and kill people who are a threat to our national security.  But have you heard of Najia Sediqi, Hanifa Safi, or Malalai Kakar? They were on a list we don't talk about, the one that violent extremists use to target people who are a threat to their security.   Sedi ...

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Afghanistan defeated Turkmenistan by 2 Goal

The Afghanistan national football team on Thursday defeated Turkmenistan by 3-1 in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup. The first goal in favor of Afghanistan was hit by Islam Amiri in the final minutes of the first half of the game. Ahmad Haris hit the second goal for Afghanistan during the initial minutes of the second half the game while the third goal was hit by Faisal Shaista during th ...

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Pakistan Trying To Scuttle Run-Off: NDS

KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) deputy chief on Wednesday alleged Pakistan was trying to sabotage the run-off election due on June 14. Gen. Hasamuddin Hassam levelled the allegation at a meeting which was attended by officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defence (MoD). Gen. Hassam said Pakistan wanted to harass the ordinary Afgha ...

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Runoff Campaign Kicks Off Tomorrow

KABUL: Amid security concerns, three-week canvassing for the runoff election between Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would begin on Thursday, an official said on Wednesday. In line with the law and the commission’s timeline, the presidential candidates could open their campaign from 12 midnight, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman told reporters in Kabul. Noor Mohammad No ...

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US Links Future Presence to BSA Signing

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama would evaluate his options on Afghanistan only after the bilateral security agreement (BSA) was signed, the White House said on Tuesday. "We will evaluate our options when it comes to a post-2014 troop presence dependent upon actions taken by the government in Kabul to sign the BSA," the White House press secretary said. Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news confe ...

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85.9 Billion Bits Per Square Inch: IBM Research Sets New Record for Storing Massive Amounts of Big Data

Today, IBM researchers announced they have demonstrated a new record of 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch in areal data density on low-cost linear magnetic particulate tape—a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies for Big Data. At this areal density, a standard LTO size cartridge could store up to 154 trillion bytes (154 ...

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Scientists Find Best Way to Rid a Garden of Snails

Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails can ditch the beer traps and egg shells and instead develop a strong throwing arm. This is according to a new study in the journal Physica Scripta, which has used statistical models to show that removing snails out of the garden by a distance of over 20 metres or more is just as effective as simply killing them. According to the researchers, f ...

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Oil Searchers Discover and Record Deep-Sea Graveyard off Angola Coast

A team of researchers looking for oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor off the western coast of southern Africa has found four large "fish-falls" on the seabed: the carcasses of one whale shark and three mobulid rays. Finding vertebrate carcasses on the seafloor is quite rare, ocean scientists Nicholas Higgs, Andrew Gates and Daniel Jones report in their paper on the discovery published in PLoS ONE—the ...

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Abe Gets Counsel from Nobel Economist

Three weeks before Japan increased its sales-tax for the first time in 17 years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned to Nobel laureate Robert Shiller to try to restore a vital ingredient of his economic revolution: Optimism. Abe met the Yale University professor in Tokyo on March 10 to discuss how to reverse what the Japanese leader calls the “shrunken mindset” entrenched in the country after two decades of ec ...

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Facebook to Open Sales Office in China, why is it Important?

  Facebook recently stated that it has initiated the process of opening up a sales office in China, the world’s second largest economy, in order to grow its presence in the local advertising market. Chinese market hasn’t been very open and receptive to foreign companies traditionally, and Facebook will need to navigate through a host of challenges before it can materially tap the potential. Despite har ...

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Before China’s Transformation, There was the “Spanish Miracle”

  The post-World War II world was full of “economic miracles.” After a cataclysmic war, formerly fascist societies quickly rebuilt themselves as liberal democracies. A decade after enduring firebombing and two nuclear attacks, newly democratic Japan had raised national production back to prewar levels. Germany and Italy had similar success, and all three now rank among the largest economies in the worl ...

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