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Six Wounded in Stabbing at China Rail Station

  Local reports say two attackers escaped after Guangzhou police opened fire, arresting one assailant and killing another. Six people have been wounded in a knife attack at a train station in Guangzhou in southern China, the latest in a string of violent episodes at public transport hubs. Police shot one of the attackers at the station on Tuesday, the city's public security bureau said in a statement, ...

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Govt doing little to assist us: landslide victims

  Victims of Friday’s massive landslide in the Argo district of northeastern Badakhshan province on Tuesday complained they had been delivered insufficient aid despite the passage of five days. But local officials claimed they had collected a large amount of aid, which would be distributed to deserving families after an investigation. More than 2000 people are believed dead and thousands displaced as a ...

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Afghanistan allowed Use of Pak Airspace

  In a move toward defense cooperation, Pakistan has allowed Afghanistan to use its airspace for the shipment of military equipment to Kabul, the Ministry of Defense in Islamabad said. A maiden flight of the “commercial multi-model operation” carried 15 military vehicles meant for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Monday. The decision was taken as a special gesture by the government of Pakistan ...

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Renewable Energy Association launched

    More than 40 companies operating in the field of renewable energies met in here to launch the Afghan Renewable Energy Association, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said on Tuesday. Private-sector companies discussed how they could play a greater role in promoting the use of renewable energy in Afghanistan, a statement from the German organisation said. The association will ensure effect ...

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Senators seek end to Afghans’ execution in Iran

  Efforts are being made to convince the Iranian government into transferring the bodies of the Afghans executed in the neighbouring country, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry informed lawmakers on Tuesday. But Meshrano Jirga (Senate) members insisted the government must do all it could to ensure that the bodies were delivered to the victims’ relatives. A number of Afghans have been put to deat ...

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2 Italian Nationals Detained in Wardak

  Two Italian citizens posing as mining experts have been arrested along with three Afghans in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday. The individuals detained in Siakhak area on Monday evening had no legal residency documents, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The Italian nationals, their Afghan interpreter, driver were qu ...

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IECC investigates 74 more complaints

  More electoral complaints were investigated by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) at a fourth public hearing on Tuesday, an official said. Most of the 74 complaints were recorded against the campaign teams of leading presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the northeastern zone. Representatives of candidates, civil society organisations and media ...

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Power Struggle and Corruption

  Kabul Mayor Mohammad Yonous Nawandish and a number of Lower House representatives are engaged in trading heated accusations pointing fingers at each other for being involved in corruption. In response to the House representatives’ call for dismissal his dismissal, Nawandish published some evidences to the media and accused the MPs and the Speaker of the House of illegal demands and corruption. In rec ...

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Obama offers assistance for landslide victims

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called his Afghan counterpart to express condolences over loss of life in the May 2 landslide in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the White House said.   “Karzai expressed appreciation for international assistance and described to the president the ongoing Afghan government response, to include visits to the region by Afghan vice-presidents,” th ...

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Abbas meets Hamas leader in Doha

  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal meet for the first time since April's unity deal.     Meshaal has been based in Doha since the last two years [Reuters] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal have met for the first time since their rival factions signed a surprise unity deal. "The meeting has started," a source in Abbas's Ramall ...

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Release Obama’s Benghazi intelligence briefings

  By Marc A. Thiessen President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video. If that’s the case, there is a simple way to prove it: Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly ...

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Don’t repeat Iraq mistakes in Afghanistan

  By John Boehner  Three weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our civilian leaders and military commanders, as well as our troops, in Afghanistan. It was my fourth trip to the country and a vastly different one than my first visit in 2007. Flying over Kabul at night, I was struck by the changes: Electric lights and even traffic are visible throughout the valley. I was encouraged by what I saw and ...

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Gunmen kill 2 NATO truck drivers in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, May 5 - Suspected militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Monday attacked a NATO container truck and killed its two drivers, officials and locals said. The officials said dozens of suspected militants attacked the NATO truck in Jamrud area on a main highway connecting Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday morning. The officials and witnesses said two drivers and their cleaner were ...

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Leftist rebels release 36 hostages in S. Philippines

  DAVAO CITY, Philippines, May 5 - Leftist rebels have released 36 civilians whom they held hostage in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, a military official said Monday. Captain Ernest Carolina, the spokesman of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said negotiations are ongoing to release three others who are still being held captive by the NPA. "The three hostages are all ...

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Sri Lanka to joint 10 countries to lobby for migrant worker’s rights

  COLOMBO, May 5 - Sri Lanka is considering joining 10 other countries to lobby for greater rights for its nearly two million migrant workers, an official said on Monday. Welfare benefits that the countries would canvass for include better wages, benefits and insurance coverage for local expatriate workers taking up employment in West Asia and other foreign capitals. Additional General Manager of Sri L ...

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Ghor floods kill 3, wash away houses

  Triggered by torrential rain, floods killed three people and washed away 150 houses in western Ghor province, an official said on Monday. The overnight flood killed three people in the Tasraqi and Cheri areas of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, and damages crops on hundreds of acres of farmland in Daulaina and Shahrak districts, said Hamidullah Dadfar, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Aut ...

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EU stresses aid to landslide survivors

      The European Union ambassador visited the devastated Ab Barik village in Badakhshan province, paying respects to the victims and their families and attending a condolence ceremony. EU Special Representative Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin accompanied First Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on his visit to the remote flattened village on Sunday. During the ceremony at the mass grave, ...

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Over 240 more election complaints discussed

  KABUL: In the run-up to the final outcome, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday evaluated more than 240 complaints. Representatives of civil society, candidates and media outlets attended the third public hearing into complaints from Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Ghor and Nimroz provinces. Most of the complaints were recorded in Kandahar and Her ...

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Cabinet OKs law against money laundering

  KABUL: The Cabinet on Monday accorded approval to two draft laws combating money laundering and terrorist financing, the Ministry of Finance said. The laws were drafted to address weaknesses in the banking sector in the wake of the Kabul Bank crisis and further improve Afghanistan’s financial sector. A statement from the ministry said the laws had been drafted in consultation with relevant internatio ...

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Ban saddened by loss of life in landslide

    KABUL: The United Nations Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life as a result of the landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a statement said on Monday. Ban Ki-moon extended his sincere condolences to the people and government of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in the disaster. "United Nations agencies and human ...

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