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Kandahar Offensive Leaves 32 Militants Dead

At least 32 militants, including two suicide bombers, were killed during a clearing operation in Maiwand, Panjwai and Zherai districts of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday. The operation was conducted over the past 24 hours to foil insurgent activities, a statement from the 205th Atal Military Corps said. Seventeen rebels, including two suicide bombers who planned a group attack on sec ...

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Stop Blocking Polio Teams, HRW Asks Taliban

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked the Taliban to stop preventing mobile polio vaccination teams from operating in southern Helmand province. The militants have prohibited the Public Health Ministry from deploying mobile vaccination teams in the province since February, increasing the vulnerability of children to infection, death or long-term disability. On July 7, the Taliban accused the mobile ...

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Vote Audit To Be Over In 3 Weeks: IEC

More than 2,700 ballot boxes have been audited and the process will be completed in 20 days, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kabul, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the vote audit was going well in the presence of candidate representatives, national and international observers. He said 645 ballot boxes were reviewed on Monday and more than 2,000 earlie ...

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Man In Afghan Uniform Kills U.S. General

A man in an Afghan uniform opened fire at a military training academy outside Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one American, media outlets are reporting. Details about the attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, weren't immediately clear. Media citing an unidentified Afghan military official, reports that a U.S. Army major general was fatally shot at point-blank range, the highest ranking U.S. ...

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Hundreds Of Ukraine Troops Cross Into Russia

More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed the border into Russia and deserted the Kiev government, according to an Interfax news agency report quoting a border security official. Ukraine confirmed the crossing, which happened on Monday, but said the soldiers were forced into Russian territory by rebel fire. Vasily Malayev, head of the Federal Security Service's border patrol in the Rostov region, told I ...

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Lebanon Army Hits Syrian Fighters In Arsal

Lebanese troops have shelled positions held by Sunni Syrian fighters in the mountains around the Lebanese town of Arsal on the Syrian border, in a third day of heavy fighting. Monday's shelling came as Reuters reported the Lebanese army was advancing on Arsal, which was attacked by Syrian armed groups over the weekend. The troops reportedly found 50 bodies of Syrian fighters, Reuters cited security sources ...

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Gaza Shelled During Israel’s Limited Truce

A Gaza City house has been shelled and other areas in Gaza have been fired upon since an Israeli-declared seven-hour humanitarian truce has come into effect. The Gaza Health Ministry said a child was killed and 30 people, mostly women and children, were wounded in the strike on Monday on a house in Shati refugee camp. An Israeli military spokeswoman told news agency Reuters she was checking the report. Isra ...

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86 Militants Killed Over 24 Hours In Afghanistan

Units of police in coordination with the army personnel have killed 86 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Monday. During the operations which have been conducted in parts of Nangarhar, Kunduz, Saripul, Urugan, Wardak, Khost and Paktia provinces, 71 more insurgents have been injured and 14 others arrested. ...

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CASA-1000 To Bring In USD 65mn In Revenue To Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MoE) official said implementation work of the CASA-1000 project would begin in 2015. Deputy Minister Eng. Ghulam Farooq Qazi said the project would generate USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan. “We expect revenue of USD 65mn annually based on our calculation of 2.5 cents per kilowatt,” said Qazi. He added the energy ministers of the concerned countries would meet in Dubai ...

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Thin Diamond Films Provide New Material for Micro-Machines

Airbags, inkjet printers and video projectors may not seem to have much in common, but all three rely on the action of tiny, microscale devices in order to work properly. These devices, known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), are of growing interest to researchers because of their wide range of applications, from microphones to biosensors. Most of the current generation of MEMS are made primarily of ...

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Scientists Develop Pioneering New Spray-On Solar Cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity. Experts from the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have previously used the spray-painting method to produce solar cells using organic semicond ...

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Companion Planets can Increase Old Worlds’ Chance at Life

Having a companion in old age is good for people—and, it turns out, might extend the chance for life on certain Earth-sized planets in the cosmos as well. Planets cool as they age. Over time their molten cores solidify and inner heat-generating activity dwindles, becoming less able to keep the world habitable by regulating carbon dioxide to prevent runaway heating or cooling. But astronomers at the Universi ...

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China Needs this one more thing to Become a Truly Developed Country

China continues to be front and center on my list of concerns, even moreso than the latest Federal Reserve press release or fluctuation in the Dow (although you should pay attention). I believe China is the single biggest risk to world economic equilibrium, even larger than Japan or Europe. This week my young associate Worth Wray provides us with a keenly insightful essay on what is currently happening in C ...

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Wall Street Hounded by Multiple Concerns

There seems to be no respite for Wall Street on Friday, as the futures point to a notably lower opening. Notwithstanding positive Chinese manufacturing data, Asian stocks succumbed to a sell-off on Wall Street overnight. The not-so-inspiring domestic earnings and lukewarm economic data amid the macroeconomic gloom, accentuated by the crisis in Ukraine and its ramifications for the global economy, are not he ...

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The U.S. has Outspent the Marshall Plan to Rebuild Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – In June of 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall delivered a wholly unexpected commencement speech to the newly minted graduates of Harvard University. The United States, Marshall announced, would launch a massive reconstruction effort to rebuild Europe in the devastating aftermath of World War II. The subsequent effort, the Marshall Plan, put Europe back on the path to prosperity and has be ...

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Van Gaal Hails United Defenders on Tour

Manchester United defenders have impressed new coach Louis van Gaal in their unbeaten preseason tour with the Dutchman lauding the backline for adapting well to the new formation he has introduced since arriving at the club last month. United defeated European champions Real Madrid 3-1 in the International Champions Cup match to advance to tonight's final of the eight-team tournament against Liverpool in Mi ...

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Sterling: I’ll Follow Ronaldo and Messi’s Lead

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling says he must learn from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi if he is to fill the void left by Luis Suarez. Sterling is keen to swap his usual wide position for the No.10 role at Anfield, but is concerned he will face rough treatment from opposition defenders. The 19 year old admitted that, while he is not on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi, he can follow their example on ...

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Chelsea won’t Miss David Luiz, Insists José Mourinho

José Mourinho says Chelsea won’t miss David Luiz after the Brazil defender moved to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer. The Brazil international signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions last month after completing a £50m move to PSG from the west London side. However, Mourinho believes the Blues have a stronger crop of players than last season despite the departure of the former Benfica centr ...

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Fletcher Pleased with United Return

After three years of pain and frustration, Darren Fletcher's road to recovery finally appears to be nearing its end. Fletcher captained Manchester United to their fourth and most impressive pre-season win on Saturday when they defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at Michigan Stadium in front of 109,318 spectators. With all the focus being on Louis van Gaal, the story of Fletcher's return to the first-team has flown und ...

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UNHCR Urges Sri Lanka To Stop Deporting Asylum Seekers To Pakistan

Aug 03, Colombo: The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR expressed deep concern yesterday about the recent deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration has confirmed that 18 asylum seekers of Pakistani origin who were registered with UNHCR were deported in the last two days, the UNHCR said in a statement. There are fears that 10 more people ...

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