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Nation’s Vote Is Red !

On Wednesday 16 of July Civil Movement of Responsible citizen organized a gathering with inclusion of Youngsters, civil society activists, students and people from different provinces of the country near parliament to show their deep aversion in passing of the new Law that provides long-life security and subsistence to MPs. The Law passes from the Parliament of Afghanistan while it is a clear article in the ...

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Kerry Mediation for Resolving the Election Crisis

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee The flurry of diplomatic efforts for resolving the election crisis in Afghanistan culminated as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul and the UN envoy to Afghanistan submitted his plan for auditing votes from thousands of polling stations. During his stay in Kabul, Mr. Kerry met President Hamid Karzai and the two presidential candidates. During the meeting, the reports say, ...

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Afghanistan to begin massive vote audit on Thursday

The Afghan election commission is set to start on Thursday an unprecedented audit of all 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 run-off presidential election, an official said. The audit, which will take at least three weeks, was agreed by the two rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani at the weekend following two days of frantic diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry. "The auditing will ...

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PAKISTANI JOURNALIST GETS FOUR-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR “ENTERING AFGHANISTAN ILLEGALLY”

JALALABAD: An Afghan court has sentenced a Pakistani journalist to four years in jail for "contacting terrorists", officials said Wednesday. Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the ARY news channel, was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan after contacting the Pakistani Taliban. "We have found photos of him showing him with a gun among terrorists," Wafi ...

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Pak Militant Group Swears Allegiance To Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Little known outfit Tehreek-e-Khilafat, which has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Karachi, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and vowed to raise the Islamic State's flag in South Asia, the Telegraph reported. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, declared himself as Caliph and renamed the ISIS as Islamic State. "Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall c ...

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Two Killed By Lightning As Rains Lash Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Two people were killed and three others injured after being struck by lightning as moderate to heavy rains lashed several parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh since yesterday. Govardhan (38) and Ramawati (40) were killed after being hit by lightning in separate incidents in Tulsipur area of Balrampur district last evening, Sub-divisional Magistrate Y B Singh said. He said that assistance of Rs. 1.5 Lakh would be ...

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Radio Journalist Shot Dead In Mazar-I-Sharif

Unidentified gunmen shot dead an employee of the Lehza Radio Station inside his residence in northern Balkh province on Saturday, an official said. Sher Jan Durrani, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Khalid Agah Yaqubi was gunned down late in the afternoon. But he had no more details of the incident. Akhtar Sohail, in charge of the radio station, said that Yaqubi was killed at his ho ...

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Taliban Landmine Supplier Detained

Security forces in central Logar province on Sunday claimed arresting a militant involved in supplying land mines to the Taliban. Provincial police showed journalists the man, who was allegedly held with 53 landmines, score of hand grenades, arms and ammunition in Mohammad Agha district. Police officer Col. Abdul Wali Toofan Tarakai said the detainee had links with elements in the provincial capital Pul-i-A ...

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Anti-Israel Rally Staged In Nangarhar

Civil society activists staged a rally on Sunday, condemning Israeli attacks on Palestinian territory and urging the international community to take immediate steps to deescalate the tension. Over the past week, more than 150 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and hundreds wounded in uninterrupted bombardment of Ghaza Strip by Israeli forces. Dozens of civil society activists took to th ...

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ISAF Convoy Attacked; Children Injured

A suicide bomber mounted an attack on a convoy of the NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Nangarhar province, leaving two children wounded, an official said Sunday. The incident took place late Saturday evening when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, the police spokesman said. Col. Hazrat ...

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Law On Privileges For Mps Draws Criticism

Some political analysts and common people view giving certain privileges to parliamentarians even after completing their tenure as illegal and unfair, urging the upper house and the president to reject the legislative measure in this regard. A day earlier, the Wolesi Jirga approved a draft law, allowing lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries, keep two guards and enjoy certain other privile ...

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Karzai Agrees To Postpone New President’s Inauguration

President Hamid Karzai accepted on Saturday night a joint demand of the two presidential candidates for postponing the inauguration of the new head of state. Following a US-brokered deal on auditing all the votes cast in the June 14 runoff election, the runners proposed that the inaugural ceremony be delayed until the investigation was completed. Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of Stat ...

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Kerry’s 48-Hour Dash To Save Afghanistan’s Election

  He was only on the ground for 48 hours, but America's top diplomat John Kerry may well have helped prevent Afghanistan from sliding into another bloody ethnic war. The helicopters were waiting for the US Secretary of State when he arrived in Kabul from Beijing early Friday on a last-minute mission to broke an end to a tense political impasse. Some 48 hours later they flew him back over the darkened city s ...

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The Outcome of Intense Negotiations

As the US Secretary of State John Kerry is struggling to broker an agreement between Afghan elections stakeholders for resolving the election crisis, there are leaks suggesting vote recounts and some sort of coalition government. According to unconfirmed reports, the talks are centered at audit of votes of more than 11,000 stations. It seems there has been much progress in the talks as Mr. Kerry has been in ...

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presidential candidates agree 100% vote audit

Afghanistan’s two presidential election candidates have agreed to an audit in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the result of last month’s vote, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Both contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have agreed to abide by the result. The review of all 8m ballots would begin within 24 hours, Kerry said. Preliminary results suggest Ghani has won, but both candidat ...

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Kerry Attends Second Day of Talks Over Disputed Presidential Elections

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day as the United States struggles to find a path out of the nation's election crisis. Kerry met Saturday with the candidates, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, after discussions Friday proved inconclusive. He is grappling for a plan acceptable to a ...

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Roadside Bombings Kill 10 People in Kandahar

The deadliest attack Saturday happened in Southern Kandahar province. Panjwayi district police chief Sultan Mohammad says a bomb struck a civilian car there, killing eight people. He blamed the Taliban for the bombing, Voice of Russia reported. In Eastern Nangarhar province, another bomb struck a vehicle. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast in the city of Jalalabad ki ...

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No deal with Musharraf, says Farhatullah Babar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)spokesman Farhatullah Babar has dismissed claims by Yousaf Raza Gillani stating that there was no deal with former president Pervez Musharraf to resign. Babar said Muhsrraf had resigned and made a decision to leave Pakistan out of fear that he would be impeached. The PPP spokesman said Asif Ali Zardari had formed a team to prepare Musharraf’s impeachment documents whic ...

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India finance secretary defends 4.1 pct fiscal deficit target

India's top finance ministry official said that plans announced in this week's budget to stick to a fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of GDP are "very credible", despite criticism from ratings agencies that the number is optimistic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May, on Thursday unveiled a budget that focused on attracting investment rather than reining in spending, in order to balance ...

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Four ISAF Soldiers Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died as a "result of an enemy forces attack" in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, according to a statement released by ISAF. ISAF did not provide details about the exact location of the incident and the nationality of the soldiers. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the four ISAF personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Parwan province, nort ...

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