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Rockets Fired At Kabul Airport, Bagram Base

  Militants fired rockets at the Kabul International Airport and Bagram airfield in central Parwan province on Monday, causing no casualties, an official said. Two rockets fell near the runway and terminal of the Kabul airport at 5:00am on Monday, a security official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity. Operations were suspended for an hour, he said. Separately, three rockets were fired ...

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Safi Airways to Begin Kabul-Jeddah Flights

  Safi Airways, the privately-owned international airline of Afghanistan, on Monday announced plans to commence Kabul-Jeddah flights from June 9. The inaugural flight will leave Kabul at 7pm and land at 10.30pm at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. The return flight will depart Jeddah at 11.55pm local time and arrive the next day in Kabul at 6.20am. The direct flights will be operated ...

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Rebels Launch Attacks In 8 Kunar Towns

  Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on security forces in eight districts of eastern Kunar province early Monday morning, with clashes in some areas still ongoing, police said. Kunar police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebel attacks had met stiff resistance in all eight districts. He said clashes in some areas were ongoing and fighters had retreated ...

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Protestors Call for End to Sit-In against Mayor

  Hundreds of people on Monday staged a protest rally in Kabul, calling for an end to a 10-day sit-in by some lawmakers and their supporters to allow the municipality to resume its activities. Municipality staffers have been on leave since May 3, when someWolesi Jirga members launched a protest against Mayor Younus Nawandesh, accusing him of involvement in land-grab, corrupt practices and issuing permi ...

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10 Dead, Several Hurt in Nangarhar Attack

  Ten people were killed and several others injured in a four-hour clash that erupted after rebels forced their way into the Justice Department in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, officials said. The attack, which was launched at around 9:30am in Majboor Abad area of Jalalabad, ended at 1:30pm. Speaking to journalist, police chief Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said all three assailants had been e ...

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Abdullah’s Coalition-Making Strides

  Zalmay Rassoul, former foreign minister and presidential candidate who stood in third place in the first round of elections, joined Abdullah Abdullah’s camp that is bracing for the race in the second round of elections. Rassoul’s support to Dr. Abdullah’s candidacy for president is viewed as a major victory for Abdullah’s team that is reinforced by a number of prominent figures joining the camp. Rass ...

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Afghanistan Looks To Resolve Hanging Of Nationals In Iran

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry is expressing confidence it can reach agreement with Iranian authorities to stop hanging Afghan nationals found guilty of crimes in Iran. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni told Radio Free Afghanistan on May 10 the Afghan government has been raising the issue for months in discussions with Iranian officials. Mustaghni recalled just over a month ago four Afghan ...

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Zalmai Rassoul endorses Abdullah in election runoff

Presidential runner Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday announced to support Abdullah Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul is the second presidential candidate to endorse Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul’s electoral team said they will support Abdullah Abdullah’s team during the second round of election based on an agreement that the two teams will work on decentralization, ...

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Resumption of Taliban’s Spring Offensive

Ahead of the planned election runoff, the Taliban announced start of their annual fighting season nicknames as Khaibar operation. The operation is as part of the Taliban’s spring offensive which escalates each year with the warmth of the weather. With the military offensive, the militant group has vowed to target foreign and Afghan forces, government officials as well as those who work with foreign forces a ...

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2 Suicide Bombers Attack ISAF Convoy

Two suicide bombers attacked an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in southern Kandahar province on Saturday. The attacks happened close to the Maiwand district centre at 3.30pm, causing no casualties, the governor’s acting spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The bombers detonated -- almost simultaneously -- their explosives-laden car and motorbike near an ISAF convoy, ...

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Chinese, Iranians to Help Retrieve Corpses

Chinese and Iranian experts have promised to help retrieve corpses buried under a deep layer of mud as a result of the May 2 landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a minister said on Saturday. About 2,500 people were buried under the rubble of 300 homes after the tragedy hit Argo district. But the district chief, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and a number of other sources put the d ...

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Iranian Women Snap ‘Stealthy’ Photos Free Of Hijab

An unveiled young woman stands in front of a sign that reads: "Sisters, observe your hijab." Another with red hair and dark glasses stands next to the ruins of Persepolis, while two others, also sans hijab, dance happily on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They are among dozens of Iranian women inside the country who have posted their hijab-less photos on anewly launched Facebook page to share their "stealthy ...

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Karzai an Advisory Role

By Frud Bezhan KABUL -- After nearly 13 years at the helm, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is finally stepping down. But his influence is unlikely to end when he relinquishes the formal reins of power. That's because all three presidential front-runners in the race to succeed him -- former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani and two former foreign ministers, Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rasul -- say they plan to of ...

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Afghanistan Signs First Satellite Deal

Afghanistan on May 10 started using its first ever satellite, AFGHANSAT 1, which will support a wide range of services, including broadcasting, telecommunications, and international connectivity. The Afghan government has signed a contract with European satellite operator, Eutelsat to deploy the in-orbit satellite. Information Technology and Telecommunications Minister Amirzai Sangin said it was a "historic ...

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Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing

An Afghan Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday, an official said. Brig. Gen. Haq Nawaz Haqyar, a border police commander at the airport, told the emergency landing slight casualty to five passengers. For technical reasons, the jet slid off the runway, he said, adding the aircraft the stopped off the runway on its own was not damaged. About 130 passen ...

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Bodies to be retrieved, aid delivered: Karzai

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday toured the landslide-hit village in northeastern Badakhshan province and promised to build a residential township for those rendered homeless by the May 2 disaster. The massive landside in the Aab-i-Barik village of Argon district destroyed around 300 homes. About 700 families were forced to flee homes fearing further landslides following days of rains. Authorities ...

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Badakhshan Relief Efforts in Disarray

    As the disaster-hit people of Argo district in Badakhshan remain in desperate need for food and shelters, the relief efforts have been halted due to irregularities during distribution of aid materials. According to the reports, the irregularities that emerged on Tuesday to suspension of distribution of materials and many left the scene as result of gunshots and quarrels. As the devastating dis ...

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Russia questions ‘unusual’ Ukraine election

  Foreign minister questions the legitimacy of May 25 presidential election amid troop deployment in east Ukraine. Russia's foreign minister has questioned the legitimacy of Ukraine's upcoming presidential election amid troop deployment in the east of the country. Sergey Lavrov said it would be "unusual" to hold a presidential election on May 25 while the army was being deployed against Ukrainians. "Sc ...

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Lack of Orderly Means to Distribute Aid Is Latest Setback for Afghan Village

  By HABIB ZAHORI and AZAM AHMEDMAY 5, 2014 ABI BARAK, Afghanistan — An outpouring of aid has come to the remote village of Abi Barak, where a devastating landslide is likely to have claimed 2,100 lives and instantly left thousands homeless. Tents, water, food and blankets have streamed in from all quarters, including community donations and international contributions. But on Monday, it was clear that ...

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Monday’s earthquake Thailand’s strongest so far

  -- Monday's earthquake in northern Thailand was the strongest tremor originated from an epicenter within this country so far. Suchatvee Suvansavat, head of the Engineering Institute of Thailand, announced on Tuesday that the 6.3-magnitude earthquake with a seven-kilometer-deep epicenter in Phan district of the Thai northernmost province of Chiang Rai was the country's strongest tremor. The tremor, wh ...

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