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Time for Peaceful Resistance against Fraud

Afghanistan is anticipating political instability. Failing to recognize the criticality of the situation, the Independent Election Commission announced the preliminary results of the elections amidst public rage of a large population of the country over the massive frauds that have marred the polls. So far the electoral bodies have failed to properly recognize and investigate claims of industrial-scale frau ...

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Afghan Fighting Season Begins Amid Political Deadlock

By Gol Ahmad Ehsan - Afghanistan Analysts have warned that the continuing deadlock over the Afghan presidential run-off is being exploited by insurgents as the traditional summer “fighting season” begins. Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has rejected preliminary results from the June 14 vote which were announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) this week, giving him 43.6 per cent of the ...

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Civilian Casualties Surge in Afghanistan Fighting, U.N. Says

KABUL, Afghanistan — Driven by increased ground combat between insurgents and government forces, civilian casualties in Afghanistan surged 24 percent through the first half of the year to their highest levels since 2009, according to the United Nations, in a grim signal of the way the war here is changing from the same period a year ago. For the first time since the United Nations began publishing tallies o ...

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Threat to Freedom of Speech

Kabul: some unknown gun man and enemy of freedom of speech has entered the office of newspaper on Monday morning 8th July while fortunately the staff were not present, but they have broken the staff equipment and news department archive. Mr. Ahamd Yama ‘Isar’ chairman of newspaper has approved the incident on his office and mentioned sometimes ago a group of gun man has warned of killing the vice chairman S ...

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Kandahar Governor’s Office Under Attack

KABUL: Militants Wednesday launched a massive offensive against the police headquarters and the provincial governor's office in Kandahar, the capital of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, 450 km south of Kabul. "A group of militants first carried out a suicide car bomb attack next to the Kandahar police headquarters and minutes later some militants opened fire on the governor's office," Dawa Khan Minapal, spo ...

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The Announcement of the Election Preliminary Results

The announcement of the preliminary results of the elections, in which Ashraf Ghani is leading with 56 percent of the votes, is entering Afghanistan almost into the post-election phase while uncertainly will probably continue for an unknown period of time. According to the results announced, Abdullah Abdullah, who was leading in the first round of the elections, is now trailing behind Ashraf Ghani with 43 p ...

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Philippines Urges its workers to leave Afghanistan

The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. "The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) for Afghanistan due to the heightened tensions in that country following the conduct of the presidential elections last June 14," it said in a statement. ...

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On journalistic responsibility: Media and Palestine

by Marwan Bishara Palestinians can be a drag sometimes - even paranoid. They reckon all Westerners are out to get them. And judging from their reaction in recent days, it's clear they never met a media channel they liked. Their criticism of CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera America is a testimony of their paranoia. It's not like all their homeland is occupied! Or most of their people dispossessed! Oops. Okay, actuall ...

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Murray at career crossroads after Wimbledon title defence goes awry

There were lots of reasons for the top men’s players at Wimbledon to take heart, even if it was only Novak Djokovic who stood as the winner on Sunday evening. Djokovic had improved his poor record in major finals, Roger Federer had reached his first grand slam final in two years, Rafael Nadal had his best performance at the All England Club in three years – despite being upset by a player outside the top 10 ...

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Five great Fifa World Cup semi-finals

1954: Hungary 4 Uruguay 2 The brilliant Hungarians surged to a 2-0 lead over the holders, but Uruguay forced extra time through a Juan Hohlberg double. Two headers from Sandor Kocsis won it for Hungary. “It was the most beautiful match of my life,” Hungary’s Jozsek Boszik said. The Magyars then lost 3-2 to West Germany in a stunning final. 1966: England 2 Portugal 1 Bobby Charlton goals gave the hosts a 2-0 ...

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Suicide attack kills 16, including 4 Czech soldiers

The bomber was in a crowd of Afghans talking to soldiers who were investigating rocket attacks against Bagram airbase. A Taleban suicide bomber killed 16 people including 10 civilians and four Czech soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as foreign troops wind down their war against the insurgents. Czech chief of staff Petr Pavel told reporters in Prague that the bomber was ...

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power grab would mean US aid cutoff

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support. Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern. Afghan official released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the lead for the presidency. But millions of ballots ...

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Ghani wins fraud-hit presidential election

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election, according to preliminary results Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as “a coup against the will of the people.” Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani collected 56.4 percent of the runoff vote against former Foreign Minist ...

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Kerry expresses “gravest concern” over reports of “parallel government”

July 8 (TAED) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said he has noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and suggestions of a "parallel government" with the "gravest concern," the State Department announced on Tuesday. "The United States expects Afghan electoral institutions to conduct a full and thorough review of all reasonable allegations of irregularities," Kerry said in the statement. "At the same time, the ...

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Iraq: A military solution to a political problem?

Sharif Nashashibi The ongoing delay in forming a government that could alleviate the crisis in Iraq is largely due to foreign involvement - specifically, the considerable military help being given to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The necessity and urgency of halting or reversing the spread of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIL) is understandable. However, the unconditional nature of foreign m ...

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Banning Facebook Rejected

The government has rejected a proposal to ban Facebook during an ongoing deadlock over the presidential election after fears that social media postings have fanned ethnic hatred, officials have said. "The national security council discussed banning of Facebook in their meeting today," Fayeq Wahedi, deputy presidential spokesman, told on Sunday. "There are people on Facebook who spread hatred and cause damag ...

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Afghans Await election results

Kabul - Afghanistan will announce preliminary results of a June 14 presidential election run-off as planned on Monday, an election commission spokeswoman said, seeming to quash speculation that the announcement might be delayed again. The two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have clashed over the vote, and refusal by either of them to accept the outcome could plunge Afghanistan into a dangero ...

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Kabul international airport comes under rocket attack

Unknown person fired rocket on Kabul's international airport. Reports quoting Pajhwork agency that two rockets exploded at the airport. There is no information about the casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. ...

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Afghan Presidential Candidates to Meet Soon to Discuss Election Problems

"The two presidential candidates will meet to reach an agreement on a plan to guarantee elections' transparency in the near future," Oria told FNA on Wednesday. He noted that the main reason for the meeting between Abdullah and Ahmadzai is achieving a mechanism to prepare the grounds for differentiating between fake and real votes. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in favor of the UN intervening in the presi ...

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Attacks Air Force Bus, Killing 8 And Injuring 13 In Kabul

A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan air force bus that was carrying military personnel early on Wednesday in Kabul, killing eight people and wounding 13, media reports said, citing security officials. The explosion, which was claimed by the Taliban, reportedly took place in an area near Kabul University in the Afghan capital. Ashmat Stanikzai, a local police spokesman, said, according to Reuters, that at le ...

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