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Millions Plundered In Name Of Salaries

Residents claim tens of thousands of afghanis, which are released by the education department in the name of teacher salaries, end up in pockets of a few individuals in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province. Education department officials say there are a total of 40 schools in Maroof and eight of them have been closed due to insecurity, but residents reject the claim and say not a single school ...

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Licenses Of 2 LPG Importers Suspended

The Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday suspended the license of Mahmood Jalil & MJ Energy on the charge of inflating bids for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports from Turkmenistan. Musafar Qoqandi, the ministry’s spokesman, told a press conference in Kabul the issue had been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for further investigation. He alleged the two companies were responsible for rising the ...

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German Minister Meets Troops In Mazar-I-Sharif

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen touched down on Wednesday morning at a military base in teh northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to meet troops from her country on an announced visit. German media reported it is her second trip that came months before German soldiers are set to withdraw from the country. Mazar-i-Sharif is home to majority of the roughly 2,400 German troops in Afghanistan. More than ...

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Indian MP Force-Feeds Muslim Man On Fast

There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted catering supervisor, Arshad Zubair, at the new Maharashtra Sadan, The Indian Express repo ...

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Transasia Airways Plane Crashes On Landing In Taiwan, Killing 40

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off tyhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 40 people, China's Xinhua news agency said. Taiwan media said a domestic flight had crashed, killing or injuring more than 40 people. "It's chaotic on the scene," Jean Shen, director of the civil aviation authorities, told Reuters. "The fire department was putting out the flames. They will give us the numbe ...

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India, Pak Foreign Secretaries To Meet On August 25

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistani will meet on August 25 in Islamabad to discuss the way forward in bilateral ties, which have made no headway since the interruption of dialogue process nearly two years ago. A simultaneous announcement about the meeting was made from New Delhi and Islamabad today after Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had a telephon ...

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Afghanistan, Yemen among U.S.-Honored Development Projects

The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen. The projects, all funded by one of the major development banks, range from helping rice farmers in West Africa to dealing with pollution in Mongolia. The awards recognize "excepti ...

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Afghans Denounce Conflict In Gaza

Several hundred Afghan protesters rallied on Wednesday in the heart of Kabul to denounce the fighting in Gaza Strip and the killings of Palestinian civilians caught up in the conflict. Chanting anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans, the protesters marched through the centre of the Afghan capital, carrying banners and photographs of Palestinian children killed during Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Israel says ...

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Afghanistan Blames Pakistan

The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Pakistan has denied suc ...

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Removal Of 25% Requested Salary From Rights and Privileges law for MPs

According a statement of Parliament In a joint committee upper and lower house members agreed to remove 25% salary of allowance from MPs law on rights and privileges after official service mission of MPs. This is while during past week two peaceful rallies’ and gatherings were organized by civil society activists and people in Kabul and other provinces demanding for fully removal of this law. The protestors ...

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The Differences over Vote Audit

As all election stakeholders are involved in the vote audit, the process is again facing challenges as the two election camps are again in loggerheads over the vote count. Based on the agreement reached between the parties with mediation from US Secretary of State John Kerry, the vote count will proceed with direction observation from the election camps as well as foreign observers and the United Nations. A ...

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Why Afghanistan’s National Unity Government Is Risky

• BY SRINJOY BOSE , NIAMAT IBRAHIMI • the 2014 electoral crisis in Afghanistan intensified, we argued for a rigorous, internationally supervised, technical audit backed by political dialogue and engagement as the way forward. Details emerging in recent days show the crisis was much more serious than it appeared: The country was on the verge of fragmenting, if not a full-on civil war. With the announcement o ...

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Jihad for Israel

By: Hanine Hassan Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military asjihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch- Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupi ...

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It was Putin’s missile?

By: Pepe Escobar Here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysian Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists” armed by Russia and Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up. Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary ‘We came, we saw, he died’ Clinton said so. Because crazy Samantha ‘R2P’ Power said so – thu ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 Rebels In Paktika

While embracing his associates, a militant detonated his explosives, killing five militants and injuring seven others in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday evening in the Pastori locality of Sarobi district, police chief Nabi Jan Mullakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News. Civilians suffered no harm in the blast, he added. A tribal elder, wishing not to be named ...

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Elders Allege Attempts At Dividing Pashtuns

In order to achieve their goals, intelligence agencies of some countries have been trying to fuel differences among Pashtun tribes living on both sides of the Durand Line. These views were expressed by Mujahideen and Islamic Unity Council head Maulvi Mohammad Sardar Zadran at a gathering of tribal elders and religious scholars from Loya Paktia. Zadran said the Pashtuns on both sides of the British-mandated ...

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Senate Oks Access To Information Bill

The upper house of the parliament (Meshrano Jirga) on Tuesday approved the Access to Information bill without any amendment. The Ministry of Justice sent the draft law to the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) for approval. After its endorsement by the lower house, the legislative measure was referred to the Senate. The law requires government institutions and private organisations to grant the press access to info ...

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US Suggests Global Energy Firm To Take Forward TAPI Project

The United States has urged Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to engage an international energy company to take forward the ambitious TAPI gas pipeline project that has the potential to transform the entire region. “We encourage the TAPI parties to bring an international energy company into the project to work in cooperation with Turkmengaz in the development of the gas supply and serve as comme ...

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National Unity Govt Only Remedy, Says Spanta

National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Tuesday called a national unity government the only solution to current political problems of the country. The election process ran into a deadlock after Dr. Abdullah Abdullah blamed his rival Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s team for rigging and boycotted the electoral bodies. But US Secretary of State John Kerry resolved the stalemate during his two-day vis ...

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A blast Beating of Zimbabwe

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by two wickets Tuesday in a thrilling one-day cricket international to keep alive hopes of squaring the series. Zimbabwe scored 261-8 off 50 overs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo and Afghanistan reached 264-8 with two balls to spare. Afghanistan, who lost the first two matches by six wickets and eight wickets, can draw the four-match series by winning again at the same venue Thur ...

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