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Votes From 20 Polling Centres To Be Quarantined

KUNDUZ CITY: Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in northern Kunduz province on Sunday said votes from certain polling centres would be quarantined in the wake of alleged fraud in some districts. Seventeen of 216 polling centres remained shut in Kunduz due to security problems. IEC Director Amir Hamza Ahmadzai said they had received rigging reports from Aliabad, Khanabad and Imam Sahib di ...

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Iraq holds ‘ominous’ lesson for Afghanistan

By: Reuters Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in the two countries are vastly different, both nations have been at the center of U.S. wars, both are plagued by a homegr ...

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Election Success, Afghans Shape Future

BY: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” Once again, Afghans proved their commitment in electoral politics and democracy by turning out in large numbers to the polling stations in 14 June presidential elections. The international community including observers, UN officials and the EU hailed the election as another success for the people of Afghanistan. Afghan incumbent president Hamid Karzai congratulated the achievement ...

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Poll workers killed in North blast

At least 11 people, including election workers, have been killed in Afghanistan’s north when a roadside bomb blew up their bus, according to a local official. The governor of the northern province of Samangan told the Reuters news agency that the blast came on Saturday evening, after polls closed in a second-round, run-off vote to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Four of the victims were employe ...

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US: AFGHAN VOTE STEP FORWARD ON `DEMOCRATIC PATH’

The White House says Afghanistan's second round of presidential voting marks a major step forward on the country's "democratic path." In a written statement, the White House praises "the courage and resolve" of the Afghan people in making their voices heard in choosing a new leader. Official preliminary results are expected to be announced July 2. The candidates are a former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdul ...

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Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

KABUL - Polls closed on Saturday after a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, a decisive test of the country's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. As most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, whoever takes over from Karzai will inherit a troubled country plagued by an increasingly assertive Taliban insurgency and an ...

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President Karzai Casts Vote In Presidential Election Run-Off

Afghanistan's outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Saturday morning cast his vote in the presidential election run-off. Afghans will be electing a new president for the next five years in the first transfer of power in the country's history. Karzai along with other high-ranking officials arrived at Amani High School near the presidential palace at around 7:45 a.m. local time. Karzai, who is constitutionally b ...

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Saturday Vote a Defining Moment for a Fractured Afghanistan

Saturday’s presidential election represents a new era for Afghanistan. The Afghan people will head to the polls for a run-off election to decide the country’s next president. In April, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister led former finance minister, Ashraf Ghani, by 13 points in a first round vote featuring 16 candidates. No candidate met the 50 percent threshold resulting in the upcoming head- ...

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If Karachi airport used fake bomb detectors, they should have known better

It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad's would-be killers. When 10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people, Mohammad and his fellow officers from the Airports Security Force (ASF) were the first line of defense. "There was a moment of confusion because the militants had the same ASF uniforms as us," ...

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Commit to the Electoral Principles

The campaign period ended officially and the voters have two days to ponder over their preferred candidate for the country’s presidency. Before the Election Day, many international and national including election monitoring agencies and the United Nations have asked the two candidates to accept the outcome of the Saturday’s election. And the candidates have pledged to commit to democratic principles and pla ...

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Poland ends its military involvement in Afghanistan mission

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski welcomed the last contingent of Polish troops coming back on Monday from the military mission in Afghanistan. “You are coming back home, after an uneasy service, with honor, broad experience and higher skills”, Polish president told the soldiers. President Komorowski, who took part in the welcoming ceremony of the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade in Świetoszów, southwestern ...

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Next Afghan President to Tackle Ailing Economy

More than three decades of continued conflict in Afghanistan has taken a toll politically, socially and psychologically. But the greatest damage may have been inflicted on the country’s economy. By 2001, agricultural production had been disrupted, local manufacturing had come to a halt, and basic infrastructure was destroyed largely because of the Taliban government. Since 2001 and the U.S.-led invasion, th ...

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Militry Forces Detain Taliban key Commander

In the process of Afghan militancy and counter-militancy, the government forces raided and captured a key commander of Taliban militants in Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, while armed militants kidnapped nearly three dozen Kandahar University professors, officials confirmed. Personnel of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country's intelligence agency cap ...

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Militants Kidnap 34 Kandahar Varsity Teachers

Kabul:Unknown gunmen kidnapped at least 25 lecturers of Kandahar university in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said at least ten university students were also abducted by gunmen. Meenapal further added that the university students and lecturers were on their way to capital Kabul when unknown gunmen abducted them. He said the incident took place in Qa ...

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Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State discuss regional integration of Afghanistan

The Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan received Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Fatema Sumar on June 10. The sides discussed the Turkmenistan's role within regional integration of Afghanistan. Regional infrastructure projects and Turkmenistan's support to Afghanistan were considered as well. They exchanged views on enhancing bilateral partnership on a wide range of sphe ...

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The Looming Runoff Election Day

Afghans have only three days to go to polling stations in a very crucial election. The 14 June election is supposed to be the first peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan at a time when foreign troops are withdrawing from the country. In the few next days, Afghans have the right opportunity to help leading the country into a new phase. As all Afghans are concerned with the future of the country, the Satu ...

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Software Slurps Your Facebook Posts to Assess Your Personality

Researchers and marketers have long known that your Facebook activity can reveal more about you than you might expect — but now there's an online tool that shows you how your personality is reflected in what you say on Facebook. The Five Labs experiment is meant to raise awareness about the amount of personal information that can be gleaned from the language you use on social media. "It was so illuminating ...

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Tennis Reacts as Andy Murray Appoints Amelie Mauresmo as New Coach

Amelie Mauresmo's appointment as the highest profile female coach of a male player after succeeding Ivan Lendl as Andy Murray's new coach has been met with positivity across the tennis world. The two-time grand slam champion and former winner of Wimbledon will coach Murray through the grass court season where he defends his titles at Queen's Club and SW19 and despite having previously worked with fellow-Fre ...

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FIFA World Cup: Spain Showdown Worries Brazil

Sao Paulo: Brazil will be anxious to avoid the nightmare scenario of a last-16 showdown with Spain as they launch into the World Cup. Luiz Felipe Scolari's side start as firm favourites to top Group A against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon and then go on to win the cup for a sixth time. But Scolari will have warned his side against the dangers of complacency. The penalty for failing to win the group could in ...

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Balotelli gets ‘most important yes’ before Cup

Mario Balotelli took care of some personal business before the World Cup starts, proposing to his Belgian girlfriend Fanny Neguesha early Tuesday morning (local time). "She said yes," the Italy striker posted on Instagram. "The most important yes in my life." "That was the place of my question! I Love you and happy birthday too!" Balotelli added, next to a picture of a romantic beach setting. Balotelli also ...

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