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BSA signed; Ahmadzai assuages concerns

Kabul and Washington signed a long-delayed security pact on Tuesday allowing the presence of a residual American force of 9,500 personnel to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Also on Tuesday, the new national unity government signed a status of forces agreement (SOFA) with NATO, whose combat mission in the country is scheduled to end this year. National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar signed the vital securit ...

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NATO airstrike in Khost leaves 4 dead

A district development council head was killed in a militant attack in southeastern Paktia province while four people -- believed to be civilians -- lost their lives in a NATO drone strike in southern Khost on Tuesday. Paktia police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman told Pajhwok Afghan News the development council head for Syed Karam district Mirza Mohammad was shot dead by militants in the morning. He said ...

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US reaffirms respect for Afghan sovereignty

The United States reaffirmed its abiding respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty on Tuesday, saying the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) would help consolidate their partnership. Speaking at the BSA ratification ceremony in Kabul, Ambassador James B. Cunningham said the US was eager to work with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, and the new Afghan government. “Our relationship with A ...

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Zakhilwal named economic advisor

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has appointed former finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as acting finance minister and his advisor on economic affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat said on Tuesday. Previously, the new president had appointed his former competitor in the presidential election, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, as Chief Executive Officer. Abdullah’s running mates Eng. Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Mohaqiq w ...

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The Resurgence of the Militants

As the statesmen and government officials are preoccupied with the ongoing electoral controversies and the unity government politics, Taliban militants are mounting heavy assault on Ajristan district of Ghani province killing allegedly more than one hundred people and burning down homes of ordinary people. According to the reports, the militants have executed more than dozen people including women and child ...

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Karzai links progress to global support

Afghanistan's in political, economic and social progress over the past 13 years would have been impossible without consistent support from the international community, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday. At a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, the outgoing leader said consistent aid from the global community and its presence in Afghanistan would long be re ...

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Climbers trapped as Japan volcano erupts

A volcano in central Japan has erupted, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 40 people who were stranded in areas that rescue workers had been unable to reach. Sohei Hanamura, a crisis management official in Nagano prefecture, said on Saturday that another seven people were missing in the dramatic incident. Police, fire and military rescue workers were trying to approach the 3,067-me ...

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Egyptian court postpones Mubarak verdict

An Egyptian court has postponed the verdict in the retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him. The court on Saturday said the ruling for the 86-year-old Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was postponed until November 29 due to the large amount of evidence. The verdicts for seven of his former po ...

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Yemen’s warring sides pledge to disarm

Yemen's Houthi Shia rebels have signed a final part of a peace deal with the government, days after taking control of much of the capital Sanaa. The deal signed on Saturday is an extension of the UN-brokered agreement signed earlier on Monday and is expected to put an end to weeks of ongoing violence. Under the latest agreement, the rebels must stop all acts of violence. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting ...

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Graft lands top Indian official in jail

An Indian court has sentenced the top elected official of the southern state of Tamil Nadu to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago. The judge held Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram "guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income," prosecutor G Bhavani Singh told reporters outside the court earlier on Saturday. She was sentenced to four years ...

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ISIL pushes into Syrian town despite US raids

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have continued to advance into the Kurdish-dominated town of Ain al-Arab in Syria, despite the US-led air campaign against the self-declared jihadist group. More than 15,000 residents have fled the northern Syrian town as ISIL fighters pushed deeper, fighting fierce battles with Kurdish armed groups on Saturday. Ain al-Arab, which the Kurds call  ...

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150 houses being built for landslide victims

A project has been launched to construct 150 houses for families who lost their homes in the massive landslide in the Argo district of southeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday. The affected families continue to live in tents without basic amenities despite an inpouring of aid from foreign organisations. At least 400 people had died in the landslide on May 2. Abdul Azim told Pajhwok Afg ...

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Ghani renews pledge to eradicate corruption

On Saturday, President-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is due to take over the presidency later this week, reaffirmed his resolve to pursue a results-oriented peace process with the Taliban. Addressing his supporters, who include members of the Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan led by his deputy Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, Ghani linked security to lasting peace in the country. President-elect Ghani adde ...

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Karzai signs execution orders for rapists

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai signed court orders for the execution of five men convicted of rape and robbery. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi wrote on his Twitter page that Karzai, who is due to leave office in a few days, signed the orders today. Earlier this month, the Kabul Court of Appeals upheld a lower court verdict against the perpetrators. Clad in police uniforms, the men stopped a vehicle ...

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Dr. Ghani credential reveals he secured 55.27% of the votes

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president-elect of Afghanistan received presidentials credential from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday. IEC Chief, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani presented the credentials to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during a press conference. Dr. Ghani has secured 55.27 percent of the total votes during the runoff presidential election, the credential reveals. According to the cre ...

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Taliban behead 15 civilians including women, children in Ghazni

The Taliban militants have beheaded 15 civilians, including women and children in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the civilians were beheaded by Taliban in Ajristan district on Thursday night after raiding their homes. Provincial governor spokesman, Shafiq Nang said the victims were family members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Local Police (A ...

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How cloud Chambers Revealed Subatomic Particles

Atoms are made of electrons, protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are in turn made up of quarks. These are just some of the elementary particles that make up the foundation of modern particle physics. But how do we know about these particles when we can't see atoms directly, much less their constituents? One of the early methods was through a device known as a cloud chamber, and it is quite a clever i ...

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Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states. The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with 'phase-change materials' (PCMs), which ...

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Gold, Crude Oil Prices to Trade Lower in Coming Fortnight

Global markets traded on a positive note in the last fortnight on the back of the statement from the US Federal Reserve in terms of keeping interest rates for considerable amount of time. Further, Scotland voted for no independent country from the UK, along with China declaring additional stimulus of 500 billion Yuan continued with an upside in the markets. However, sharp upside in the markets was capped du ...

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Three is the Magic Number for Rory

World Number One Rory McIlroy is excited to be representing his continent for a third time this week at Gleneagles as he embraces his role as the talisman of the European team, writes RyderCup.com's Nick Totten. In a line-up chocked full of experience, McIlroy may not have the most caps but after a summer of exemplary play in which he has re-established himself as the best player on the planet, there is no ...

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