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Wolesi Jirga refers Dilawari issue to HOCIC

  KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga on Monday sought explanation from the High Oversight Commission on Implementation of Constitution (HOCIC) if the lower house had a constitutional mandate to summon the central bank chief. On April 24, the assembly had agreed to firm up a new date for summoning Da Afghanistan Bank Governor Noorullah Dilawari and decide his fate after he twice failed to appear before lawmakers. ...

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The Catastrophe of Badakhshan Landslide

Afghans are mourning for the victims of the tragic incident in Northern Badakhshan province. The destructive landslide in Badakhshan province left more than 2,700 people dead and many others missing. According to police and government officials, more than 300 homes are buried under mudslide and residents from some neighboring villages have been evacuated by police. In recent weeks, there have been many trag ...

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‘No Hope’ for Those Buried by Mudslide,

    By AZAM AHMEDs KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a huge landslide buried much of a village in northeastern Afghanistan, there appeared to be little hope that any survivors would be found, Afghan officials said Saturday. Local official’s fear that more than 2,000 people are deads entombed in a blanket of earth nearly 30 feet deep. Officials are expected to designate the site, in the remote villa ...

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Tragedy of Afghan child addicts

  By Sohaila Weda Khamosh It is no surprise that tens of thousands of children are exposed to drug use in their homes. But what is worrying is that the use of a glue used by shoemakers and petrol by children is rising alarmingly in Kabul. The Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigates.* A survey by International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau reveals 7 percent of Afghanistan’s 1.6 mi ...

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US to do ‘everything possible’ to aid girls rescue

    Addis Ababa, (AFP) US Secretary of State John Kerry today vowed that Washington will do "everything possible" to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram militants, following the kidnapping of scores of schoolgirls. "Let me be clear. The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime," Kerry said in a policy speech in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. ...

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Death toll in militant attack rises to 30 in NE India

  MUMBAI -- At least seven more bodies were found in Northeast Indian state of Assam on Saturday morning, bringing number of victims killed by militant attacks in the province in the last 36 hours to 30, local media reported. All the victims are Muslim residents. The bodies were found in Baksa district. According to news channel Times Now, indefinite curfew has been clamped in Baksa district and army h ...

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Omar’s brother named as Taliban commander

  KABUL: A brother of the Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been appointed as the insurgent movement’s military commander, an official said on Saturday. A decision on Mullah Abdul Manan Hotak’s appointment was taken at a meeting in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, where top Afghan rebel leaders are believed to be hiding. The overnight meeting in Ganj ...

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2,100 confirmed dead in Badakhshan landslide

  FAIZABAD: Over 2,100 people were killed and hundreds went missing on Friday when a massive landslide buried an entire village in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Saturday. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) ordered the 209th Shaheen Military Corps to employ all available resources to evacuate the people trapped by tonnes of mud and rocks. Gen. Fazal Din Ayar, the provincia ...

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