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Chinese camp hit near Boko Haram stronghold

Ten people unaccounted for after suspected Boko Haram fighters attack Chinese facility in northern Cameroon. A Chinese camp in northern Cameroon has been attacked by gunmen, a local governor has said, close to a border stronghold of the Nigerian armed group, Boko Haram. The attack took place on Friday near the town of Waza, 20km from the Nigerian border and the Sambisa forest, which is close to the area whe ...

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Tajikistan Diplomat Injured In Kunduz Attack

FAIZABAD/KUNDUZ CITY: A diplomat from neighbouring Tajikistan was injured in a gun attack in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday. Tajikistan Consul Rustam Makhmudov’s vehicle came under attack on his way to Kunduz province on Friday afternoon, the Badakhshan governor’s spokesman said. Ahmad Naveed Frotan told Pajhwok Afghan News Makhmudov was evacuated to the Doctors Without Borders Hospita ...

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A Decade of Relations Without Definition

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States and NATO allies invested so much blood and treasure in Afghanistan. With eight months to the end of the U.S.-led mission there in its current form, the fatalities of international coalition in Afghanistan have reached 3438. The U.S. has suffered the highest fatality rate among the coalition—2320 Americans have died. In this long 12 year war against terror ...

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The Achievements of Past and Challenges Ahead

By: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” After months of heated debates and tireless efforts from all parties involved in the process, the first round of the election produced no clear winner, and the Independent Election Commission set 14 of June for the second round of the elections. The outcome of the first round of the elections has been hailed as a major achievement for Afghanistan and a remarkable victory for its na ...

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The Flawed Assessments of Reconstruction Projects

  US top auditor in Afghanistan John Sopko has once again highlighted vulnerability of Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts after the US pulls out of the country by end of this year. The head of US auditing body for US aid in Afghanistan said Afghanistan would be lucky if it keeps the lights on after the US leaves behind a country with dozens of large-scale projects which are far from being completed. ...

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China Reports Two New Human H7N9 Cases

GUANGZHOU, Health authorities in south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday reported two more human cases of H7N9 bird flu infection. A 37-year-old man surnamed Wu, a native of Zhongshan City, was confirmed to have been infected with H7N9 virus on Friday, said a statement issued by the provincial health and family planning commission. Another case was reported in the city of Meizhou, where a 86-year-old m ...

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June 14 Runoff Vote To Cost $18m: IEC

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced printing 15 million ballot papers for the runoff polls, a process that is estimated to cost more than $18 million. Based on final results, former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah remains on top with more than 45 percent of votes. World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani finished second with 31.6percent of the ballots cast. Most of materials for ...

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Bangladesh Ends Massive Rescue After Sunken Ferry Salvaged With Some 12 Still Missing

  DHAKA, Death toll from Thursday's ferry capsizal in Bangladesh's central Munshiganj district has risen to 54 as authorities announced an end to the large-scale rescue operation on Saturday evening although around a dozen people still remained missing. The authorities made the announcement at about 3:00 p.m. (local time) after the sunken ferry was salvaged. er the sunken ferry was salvaged. "We'll con ...

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Afghan Election Final results released

The independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Thursday released the final vote results for the presidential election. Based on the final vote results, Abdullah Abdullah has secured 44% of the total votes, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 31.6% and Zalmai Rassoul 11.2%. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf has secured 7.0% of the votes, Qotbuddin Helal 2.8%, Gul Agha Sherzai 1.6%, Sultanzoy 0.5% and Arsala 0.2%. Inde ...

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The Candidates Must Act with Maturity

  The IEC is set to announce the elections’ final results on today. Unidentified officials at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have reaffirmed that the election will go into the runoff, and there are no considerable changes to the preliminary results of the elections which were announced by the IEC about two weeks ago. Ahead of the announcement of the election results, there are some concerns ...

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Obama Meets Syria Opposition Leader Jarba

US president meets Syrian National Coalition leader in show of support for embattled foes of President Assad. Jarba had previously requested increased military aid to help combat Assad forces [AP] US President Barack Obama has met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for the embattled foes of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The meeting on Tuesday came as the US again voiced concerns t ...

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Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan Seek To Resolve Border Disputes

  DUSHANBE, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had discussed ways to resolve their border demarcation disputes at a meeting here, local media reported Wednesday. The meeting, co-chaired by Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Abdirakhman Mamataliev, touched upon recent border clashes between citizens of the two countries, which left at least 60 people injured. The majo ...

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Mps Blast Kabul Police Double Standards

  KABUL: Some lawmakers on Wednesday accused Kabul police of discriminating between parliamentarians and government figures during a crackdown on vehicles with tinted glass. But the Ministry of Interior rejected the allegation as groundless. The nationwide campaign got under way after Interior Minister Omar Daudzai told the Senate last week that no one would be allowed to use a vehicle with black glass ...

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IECC Submits Report but Results Delayed

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday delayed announcing the final result of the April 5 vote, saying it was yet to receive the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) report. The commission’s spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told a news conference in Kabul that the electoral watchdog had failed to share its final decision with IEC on the final results. He said the IEC waited until ...

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Abdullah Not Satisfied With IECC Job

KABUL: Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to address the complaints his team had lodged regarding 1,433 polling sites before the announcement of final results. Abdullah said his campaign team had evidence of fraudulent voting that could have a “significant impact on final results”. Without naming anyone, Abdullah told a press conferenc ...

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Completion of Complaints Probes

  The election complaints commission announced that the process of considering election complaints is completed. The spokesman of the ECC told at a press conference that the commission would soon submit the findings of the probes and investigations to the Independent Election Commission (IEC). According to the spokesman of the IEC, votes from a number of voting stations have been voided and others were ...

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String of Attacks Mark Beginning of Fighting Season

  Shortly after announcing start of summer fighting season, the Taliban organized multiple attacks across Afghanistan. According to the reports, Taliban militants opened fire and assaulted a government building in eastern province of Nangarhar while in Kabul two rocket attacks targeted the city’s international airport that had no casualties. The militants launched another attack on a police checkpoint ...

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Indian Election Commission gives outgoing gov’t go-ahead to appoint next Army chief

India's independent Election Commission Monday gave its nod to the outgoing Congress-led government to begin the process of appointing the next Indian Army chief, sources said. The current Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, retires on July 31, and as per the prevailing tradition, his successor has to be appointed two to three months prior to that. "The Election Commission has informed the Defense Mini ...

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Heavy rains hit southeastern Tajikistan, causing huge damage

The torrential rains in southeastern Tajikistan over the weekend have brought huge losses to the area, severely damaging houses, roads, bridges, electricity lines, water supply system and arable lands. As a result of the heavy rains, 40 houses in the city of Vahdat, 10 km east of Dushanbe, were damaged, five cars were swept away by mudflow and 2 km of road were totally destroyed, according to the emergency ...

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Iran’s leader urges boost of ties with Pakistan

  Iran and Pakistan should seize opportunities for enhancing bilateral relations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Monday as the Pakistani prime minister visits the Islamic republic. The current level of economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan is not satisfactory, Khamenei told visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "We should not miss great chances for enhancem ...

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