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Syrians Vote In Presidential Poll

Syrians are voting in a presidential election which the incumbent Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win. Voting is only taking place in government-controlled territories, meaning those displaced by fighting or living in rebel-held areas will not be able to take part. The opposition has dismissed the vote as a "farce" that will prolong the country's three-year conflict. The vote excludes regime opponents ...

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Obama And US Exceptional-ism

By: Alastair Sloan At the beginning of 2014, the US polling agency Gallup surveyed respondents in 65 countries and found that the United States - not Russia nor "radical Islam" - was considered to be the greatest threat to world peace, followed by Pakistan and China. US President Barack Obama, in his speech to West Point graduate officers, ever so bravely delivered before an audience who were literally paid ...

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Afghan war costs pile pressure on contractors

Barack Obama has pledged to keep troops in Afghanistan for longer, and the total cost of the war is now over half a trillion dollars. But the US government keeps giving money to a contractor with a terrible record. The war in Afghanistan has become absurdly expensive for the United States. Apart from the 2,223 military deaths, the cost to the US taxpayer has swollen out of comprehension: since 2002, Congres ...

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Exiled Pakistani Politician Hussain Arrested In London

The leader of Pakistan's MQM party, Altaf Hussain, has been arrested in London on suspicion of money laundering. The development has raised concern of violent backlash in his home base of Karachi. Police would not confirm Hussain's arrest on Tuesday, saying only a 60-year-old man had been detained at his residence in north London. British police do not name suspects until they are charged. However, a spokes ...

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Tajikistan, Afghanistan Discuss Cooperation Ties

Bishkek - First Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammad Younus Qanooni met yesterday with Tajikistan ambassador to Kabul Sharafudin Imam, stressing on extension of multilateral relations between Afghanistan and Tajikistan and deepening good neighboring relations between the two countries. The first vice president, while briefing on preparations of Afghanistan for better holding of the second round of preside ...

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NATO Meeting to Finalize New Afghan Mission

BRUSSELS: The two-day defence ministerial meeting that began here on Tuesday would finalise NATO’s plan for a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces from next year, the alliance chief said. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before the start of the meeting that the two-day summit would conclude with a meeting of ISAF troop contributing nations and Afghan defence minis ...

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US Stresses Diplomacy to End Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Tuesday stressed the issue of sporadic Pakistani rocket attacks on Afghanistan border districts should be resolved through diplomatic channels. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, the ambassador said his country preferred to stay neutral and wanted the two neighbouring countries to resolve the issue through diplomacy. However, Defence Minister Bismillah Kh ...

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Karzai: US Deals for Soldier, But Not for Afghan Peace?

BY: Jon Queally Bergdahl prisoner swap reportedly spurs indignation from nation's president According to a source close to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government went behind his back as it made a deal to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison. Karzai is angry, according to reporting by Reuters, because the deal proves that intense behind-the-scenes e ...

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Pakistan’s Artillery Shelling on Eastern Provinces

After months of incessant shelling from Pakistan’s soil on Afghanistan’s eastern parts, the Afghan government has fiercely objected the shelling through the highest political and diplomatic channels. According to the reports, Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his concerns with the artillery shelling from Pakistan on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces in a phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sha ...

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Escalation of Tensions in Afghan-Pakistan Relations

With the continued artillery shelling of Pakistan on Afghan soil, Afghan defense officials have warned that Afghanistan is considering to retaliate the cross-border attacks on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces. Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told the lawmakers that is not changing their aggressive approach towards Afghanistan despite the Afghan government’s objection to the incursions. Mohammadi ...

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Decision on Money Laundering Law Wednesday

KABUL: Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Sunday ruled the lower house would take a decision on the proposed anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws on Wednesday. On Wednesday last, some lawmakers said the anti-money laundering bill could not be approved within days and called for summoning the government officials, who delayed sending the measure to the assembly for three years. The law ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Unannounced Afghan Trip after Release of American Soldier

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Sunday the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would lead to direct US talks with the Taliban. "It could, it might and we hope it will present an opening," Hagel said in an interview from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with NBC's "Meet the Press." Hagel noted that the United States had engaged in talks with the Taliban before, until they were broken off ...

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