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Burnley Boss Sean Dyche Happy to Wait on Nathaniel Chalobah

ON-LOAN Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is still getting used to the physical side of Burnley’s style as he waits for his first matchday involvement. Centre-half Michael Keane, signed on a four-month loan from Manchester United at the same time as Chalobah, was an unused substitute for the 0-0 draw with Sunderland. But the 19-year-old England under-21 midfielder, who is in his fourth loan spell, but hi ...

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Juventus Monitor Bayern Starlet

Juventus are the latest side reportedly setting their sights on Bayern Munich's 17-year-old wunderkind, Gianluca Gaudino. The Italian daily Tuttosport reports that the teenage midfielder is unlikely to sign a senior contract with the German giants and could leave Bavaria for free next summer. His current deal is said to be worth just €250 a month. A relative unknown before this season, Gaudino made a striki ...

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Barca Defender Pique Linked with Manchester United Return

Manchester United will attempt to strengthen their defensive options in January with a bid to bring former player Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford. According to AS, Louis van Gaal has targeted a move for the Barcelona star as the Dutchman looks to add a world class defender to his squad. And Pique, who has so far failed to dislodge either Javier Mascherano or Jeremy Mathieu from Luis Enrique’s starting lin ...

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Ronaldo Maintains Scoring Spree for Real

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as the Europeans champions seal another thrashing in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his prolific start to the season with four goals, including two penalties, as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Elche 5-1 in La Liga. The Portuguese made a bad start by conceding a 15th-minute penalty for a foul on Pedro Mosquera, with Edu Albacar sweeping the ball home ...

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Abdullah himself to take over as CEO

KABUL: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, runner-up in the disputed presidential election, has made up his mind to assume the chief executive position, a well-placed source said on Wednesday. As part of his deal with president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on the national unity government, the ex-foreign minister himself would take over as CEO, the source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. Close to Abdullah and familia ...

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Obama, Ban promise support to president-elect

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Sunday called to congratulate president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and CEO-designate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on reaching an agreement on a unity government, the White House said. “The president spoke with Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah earlier today to congratulate them on concluding their agreement for a government of national unity and safeguarding t ...

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The Election Has Further Strengthened National Unity: Ghani

Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening, President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, praised people's patience throughout the prolonged election process, stating that the process has further strengthened national unity in Afghanistan. "The election process has strengthened our national unity," he asserted. "There is no room for partition or division in the country. We are united and we will remain unite ...

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New president to be sworn in on Sept. 29

The new president will be sworn in next week, the election campaign teams announced on Sunday, hours after the candidates signed a power-sharing deal. At a news conference, Syed Hussain Sancharaki, a spokesman for the Dr. Abdullah-led Reform and Unanimity team, urged organisers to arrange the swearing-in ceremony for Sept. 29. Sancharaki said high-ranking foreign dignitaries, Afghan government officials, an ...

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Security Council Discusses Political Situation in Afghanistan

Kabul (BNA) – The toll of Afghanistan’s ongoing political impasse and the need for the formation of a national unity government were among the main topics of discussion at the United Nations Security Council’s quarterly meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. At the well-attended meeting, a number of Member State representatives voiced their concerns about the negative effect of the impasse on A ...

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UN welcomes signing of agreement on unity government

21 September 2014 – After months of uncertainty, the United Nations has welcomed the agreement signed today by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity as an important step to move the country towards a period of stability. “The uncertainty of the past months has taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan's security, economy, ...

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Dr. Ashraf Ghani declared Next President, but final tally kept secret

This announcement came just hours after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing agreement to end two months of wrangling over accusations of vote fraud. Kabul- (AE Report) The Independent Election commission declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the country’s president-elect on Sunday after an acrimonious dispute over ballot fraud, but did not give the final vote tally after a U. ...

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Election Commission Declares Ashraf Ghani Next President

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday after winning the June 14 election, officials said, ending months of disputes over allegations of massive fraud that tipped the country into a political crisis. "The Independent Election Commission declares Dr Ashraf Ghani as the president, and thus announces the end of election process," commission chief Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani told rep ...

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Sayyaf calls killers of Afghan forces and Jihadi leaders ‘infidels’

Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, a prominent religious cleric and former jihadi leader, once again took a hard stance against Taliban militants and challenged their ongoing armed campaign. Sayyaf was speaking during the commemoration ceremony to mark the 3rd anniversary of the death of former president and High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. Sayyaf criticized the Taliban for their armed campaign ...

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Govt has failed to probe serial killings: Rabbani

KABUL/FAIZABAD: The High Peace Council (HPC) chief on Saturday said the nation would not have lost key leaders if the government had paid serious attention to thwarting assassination plots over the past 13 years. Speaking on the third anniversary of the assassination of his father, Salahuddin Rabbani warned at a gathering of jihadi leaders that serial killings would continue if such cases were not investiga ...

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Iran, Six Powers Head Into ‘Very Tough’ Nuclear Talks

Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program. No major breakthroughs are expected at the talks, which are to continue until the end of next week, but the pressure is on both sides to find ways to narrow the gaps. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sat down with Iranian Foreign Mini ...

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Senior Afghan militant commander killed in Pakistan

A senior Afghan militant commander was killed following military operation by Pakistani forces in North Waziristan tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has said that the Afghan militant commander was among the high ranking TTP commanders. A statement released by the Pakistani Taliban group said a senior commander of the militant group, Mohammad Hassan, was killed duri ...

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Final vote results announcement likely today, IEC says

KABUL- (AE Report) Afghanistan's long drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end. Nearly six months after Afghans cast ballots in the first-round vote, the country's election commission on Saturday said it would announce final, audited results on Sunday from the two-man runoff held in June. UN and Afghan election officials spent weeks auditing those results after allegations of vote fra ...

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Modi: Al-Qaeda’s South Asia plan ‘delusional’

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi's first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's announcement this month that the group would set up a new operation to take the fight to India, which ha ...

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Election Impasse Unhelpful for the Security Situation

Amidst the election stalemate, the militant groups are increasingly stepping up their attacks across the country. The Taliban clearly aim to further destabilize the country while it is experiencing two important transitions: military transition from NATO to Afghan forces and political transition through the ongoing election which is almost deadlocked now. On Tuesday, the militants who organized the bombing ...

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The Punjabi Taliban Threat to Afghanistan

The Afghan Foreign Ministry Affairs has summoned a Pakistani embassy diplomat over statements made by Pakistani Punjab Taliban leader that the group would focus on fighting in Afghanistan. Two days earlier, Asmatullah Muaweya, the leader of the Punjab branch of Pakistani Taliban announced the group was going to lay down arms against Pakistani army and cease fighting in Pakistan instead they would intensify ...

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