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China Lifts Brazilian Beef Ban

Brazilian producers are hoping to recapture lost ground after China announced it was lifting its ban on the country’s beef, imposed following the discovery of BSE in 2012. Announced during a visit to Brazil by Xi Jinnping, the president of China, the move opens the door for a return to the mainland market for Brazilian beef, considerably increasing the country’s scope within the Asian markets. The ban was i ...

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US To Provide Additional USD 9.3 Million Aid To Pakistan

The US today said it will grant an additional USD 9.3 million aid to Pakistan to meet the health and livelihood needs of over a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan where a major military operation is underway against Taliban. The funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US embassy said in a statement. The US government w ...

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Preity Zinta To Police: Ness Wadia Threw Burning Cigarettes At My Face

Bollywood actor Preity Zinta, who has accused industrialist Ness Wadia of molestation, has said her former boyfriend had thrown burning cigarettes at her and locked her up in a room even before the May 30 incident at Wankhede Stadium after which she filed a police complaint. "Ness's behaviour towards me is getting more and more aggressive and violent over a period of time. From throwing burning cigarettes a ...

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NATO-led Forces Plane Makes Hard Landing In Afghanistan

sport plane of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) made a hard landing in Herat airport in west Afghanistan on Tuesday but caused no loss of life, police said. "The plane, apparently C-130 transport aircraft of the ISAF forces made hard landing at Herat airport at 01:00 p.m. local time, which damaged the runway and the plane was also partially damaged, " police chief of the Herat air ...

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 4 Foreign Security Guards In Kabul

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six. The attacker struck at the gates of the compound, which houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government as well as the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics in the heart of the country's capital, said deputy interior minister, Gen. Mo ...

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Rally Against Law on Rights and Privileges for MPs

The Second protest resisting to approval of the new Law that provides long-life security and subsistence to MPs organized on 22nd of July 2014 by Civil Movement of Responsible citizen and civil society activists in Kota-e-Sangee area of Kabul city. This protest follows the first gathering of more than 300 afghan residents and some parliament MPs in front of Lower House in Kabul, Afghanistan, protestors in t ...

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IEC to Halt Audit Process if Candidates Do Not Reach Agreement

Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that the audit process will face challenges if the presidential candidates do not agree on the standard auditing procedures, which entails a checklist on what needs to be inspected. The Deputy head of the IEC, Abdul Rahman Hotaki, urged the presidential candidates to finalize the technicalities of the audit as soon as possible otherwise the au ...

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China will not fill US void in Afghanistan

BEIJING: China does not seek to fill a void left in Afghanistan by the withdrawal of US troops but will play a "huge" commercial role in helping rebuild the country, a newly appointed Chinese special envoy said on Monday. China, which is connected to Afghanistan by a narrow, almost impassable mountain corridor, has been quietly preparing for more responsibility there after the bulk of US-led troops pull out ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Advisers And An Afghan Interpreter Outside Kabul International Airport

Four foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter were killed Tuesday when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside Kabul International Airport. The nationalities of the foreign advisers are yet to be identified, according to a Reuters report. The attack comes days after a previous one by the Taliban, who used a car bomb to capture a building within the airport and battled Afghan security forces for f ...

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Google Eyes Chrome on Windows Laptop Battery Drain

chrome Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows has been said to have a problem for some time but this week comes news that Google will give it the attention others think the problem quite deserves. Namely, Google is to pay attention to a Chrome bug that saps the laptop batteries of Windows users. That bug has been around for years. Just because the browser is not being used at any time does not mean the browser ...

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Physicists Propose Molecular Clock to Expose New Physics

A trio of researchers from Germany, Bulgaria and Russia has proposed the idea of using a molecular clock to determine if the electron-proton mass ratio changes over time. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, Stephan Schiller, Dimitre Bakalov, and Vladimir Korobov describe a theoretical method for building such a clock and why if one were built, it might lead to new physics. Everyone knows th ...

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Investigating the Detailed Structure of Large Biomolecules with a Non-Damaging X-Ray Technique

Biological molecules such as proteins can contain hundreds of thousands of atoms, which makes it very difficult to understand their function in detail. Identifying the exact atomic structure of these complex molecules is essential for biological studies and drug discovery, but the high-intensity x-ray beams needed to study them inevitably cause significant radiation damage to the molecules being investigate ...

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Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs?

The idea of economic zones with lower taxes to spur business has been floated since the 1970s, most notably by the late U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp in the 1980s and 1990s. But the idea has never gotten anywhere on the federal level. Economists have debated for decades whether tax cuts lead to jobs and can’t find a clear consensus. When 41 economists were asked in 2012 by the University of Chicago’s Initiatives on G ...

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Harold Meyerson: In Germany, Capitalism that Works

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells out how Germany succeeds and the United States fails at these crucial tasks. The book ranks the planet’s 193 countries by their ...

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Fuel Prices Hike in Afghanistan Due to Hoarding

Fuel The Fuel and Liquid Gas Enterprise (FLGE) revealed the names of companies that have resorted to hoarding, causing a wave of inflation on fuel prices in Afghanistan. Rahmanian Company, Ghazanfar Fuel Company, Afghan Petrol, Noor Sadiq Ansari, Younes Company and Haidari Brothers are identified by FLGE and have received warnings from the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI). The companies had purcha ...

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Pakistan Demanding US Presence in Afghanistan

Pakistan has asked the United States to review its plan for withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan by end of 2016. According to reports, a delegation of Pakistani military officials has recently visited Washington to urge American officials to back the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan even after troop pullout from Afghanistan. The development comes at a time when Pakistani military is carryin ...

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17 Rebels Killed In Kandahar Offensive

Seventeen armed rebels were killed following an operation by Afghan and foreign troops in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday. The clearing up offensive was conducted in the Koka area of the town on Sunday night, the Maiwand district administrative chief, Haji Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said Taliban fighters were meeting in Koka to devise a plan for conducting coordinated atta ...

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MSF Treats War-Wounded In Lashkargah

(MSF) said on Monday its teams had treated 68 people injured during recent clashes in southern Helmand province. The individuals were provided medical care at Boost Hospital from June 21 to July 5. Most of the injured were treated at the Emergency Hospital, which became overwhelmed from June 22 as fighting increased and, for the first time in five years, it was forced to refer war-wounded patients to Boost ...

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Civilians among 25 Killed In Faryab Clashes

Two civilians, 15 militants and eight policemen have been killed during clashes in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province as part of the Shakh Bazaar fell to the Taliban, officials said on Monday. Governor Mohammad Ullah Batash told Pajhwok Afghan News 15 rebels were killed and 17 others wounded during the past two days after hundreds of insurgents mounted an attack on the district bazaar. He c ...

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Bill On Privileges For Lawmakers Illegal: Lawyers

The lawyers' association on Monday urged the National Assembly to throw out a bill allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their tenure. Some weeks back, the Wolesi Jirga approved the draft law permitting lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries and keep two security guards even after retirement. A statement from the lawyers' body said approval ...

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