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Germany helps 390 Afghan civil servants improve their skills in public administration

Today, 390 civil servants from 24 line departments and 6 district administration offices and from the municipal offices of Kunduz successfully passed 12 months of training in public administration skills run by the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). The trainees took part in courses in administrative management, human resources management, financial management, procuremen ...

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Dreaded gangster wanted by Interpol held

KABUL: Ending a decade long international manhunt, the Afghan spy service claimed to have arrested the notorious criminal Raees Khudadad on Monday. Khudadad is accused of numerous murders, kidnappings, and robberies,. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Khudadad has been on Interpol’s list of most-wanted criminals. He is also wanted by the Tajikistan government. NDS spokesman Abdul Haseeb Siddiq ...

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Kunar Gov. Demands Action Against Pakistani Shelling

Provincial Governor of Kunar, Shuja Malek Jalal, has asserted that Pakistan's missile attacks on the province are obvious violations of international law and that Pakistan should face serious consequences. About 6,018 missiles have been fired on Kunar from Pakistan since the middle of March this year. "We must first try to take a diplomatic route; but if that does not work, we should respond to their [Pakis ...

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Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome

Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome KABUL: The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday announced receiving results of the UN-supervised nationwide audit of ballots cast in the runoff polls. On Sunday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced completion of the vote audit process and said the results would be shared soon with the electoral watchdog. Results of 405 suspect ...

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Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death

An Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday for armed robbery and sexual assault. The death sentences given to two other defendants were reduced to 20 years in prison each for unrelated crimes. The defendants were convicted of attacking an Afghan family driving home from a wedding outside of Kabul. Prosecutors said that a group of eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped the fam ...

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Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a court in Islamabad on Saturday to protest against the court's decision. Recent protests have been headed by Imran Khan, a former cricket star and Tahir ul-Qadri who is a firebrand ...

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Philippine Base for US Ships Draws Mixed Reactions Amid China Tensions

ALAWAN, PHILIPPINES— The Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. In recent years, Beijing has sent forces to occupy reefs claimed by Manila and boats from both countries have engaged in stand offs in those waters. The island of Palawan in the west Philippines is at the forefront of these tensions. Now, Manila is considering allowing the United States to base some of ...

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Turkey helps Afghanistan transform itself

A new report titled “Afghanistan's Future and Turkey's Contribution,” released by the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), on Friday, covered the next phase in Afghanistan's restructuring process and Turkey's crucial contributions toward that end. “Afghanistan is now in a transition period in which [their] first democratic elections took place and the Taliban question is being resolved. In ...

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Afghanistan orders strict action against sexual abuse of children

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) instructed police to take strict actions against the abuse of children during wedding ceremonies. MoI delivered a statement after a meeting that had been called to discuss the disruption of security by irresponsible individuals firing shots into the air. This comes after the death of at least one person and the injury of five others as a result of shots fired into the air duri ...

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Paghman gang rape: Appeal court proceedings begin

KABUL : A court of appeal on Monday began an open trial of seven convicts in the Paghman gang rape case, an official said. The men had been accused of looting passengers and sexually assaulting four women after intercepting vehicles on the main road in Paghman. The Attorney General Office (AGO) had said that 10 people were involved in the rape case and seven of them had been arrested so far. Azizullah, Must ...

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Sangin on the verge of falling to Taliban

LASHKARGAH: Officials and residents on Sunday confirmed Taliban militants had entered the main bazaar of the Sangin district in southern Helmand province after capturing security posts. A resident of Sangin, Abdul Ahad, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the insurgents had entered the district bazaar last night and had started launching attacks on the district headquarters. Ahad said the heavi ...

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Don’t use terror as policy tool, Islamabad told

KABUL: Punjabi Taliban’s announcement to fight in Afghanistan is a brazen declaration of interference, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday, calling upon Pakistan to quit terrorism and strive for peace in the region. At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the council noted this was the second time the Pakistani militant group had made the announcement to enter into fighting in Afghani ...

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Trench near Durand Line irks lawmakers

Kabul: The Meshrano Jirga condemned Pakistan on Sunday for digging a 480 kilometres long trench on the Durand Line, the porous international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, warning the issue would be taken to the UN and other international forums. Media reports suggest Pakistan’s paramilitary troops are busy digging the huge trench on its southwestern border with Afghanistan to stop smugglers and t ...

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Fresh Warning on Corruption in Afghanistan

US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction says corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the country’s future and the US has no viable and effective anti-corruption strategy there despite having spent an unprecedented $104 billion of American taxpayers’ money. According to John Sopko, the United States has spent $8bn in fighting opium trade and cultivation in the country, activities which ...

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US Reconstruction of Afghanistan Most Expensive in US History

Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the U.S. has provided more than $104 billion to rebuild Afghanistan -- more money than the United States has spent on reconstruction for any one country in history. Despite the massive investment, John Sopko said corruption and the narcotics trade are flourishing, and Afghanistan is unable to pay for and maintain projects the U.S. ha ...

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A day after Kabul demo, UN warns of aid cut

KABUL: The United Nations on Saturday warned of severely limiting its activities, including assistance to Afghanistan, if allegations against the world body continued. On Friday, hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections. The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in front o ...

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Massoud Day and the Elections

The day before the anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by two Arab infiltrators, Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded his supporters not to dishonor Massoud Day, or officially Shaheed Day, by mixing it with ongoing electoral politics. This was viewed as wise move by his camp as the election tensions are flaring these days. However, despite the call from Abdullah, the ceremony for ...

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SCO members support Afghan-led reconciliation process

DUSHANBE,- Leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday voiced support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation and reconstruction process. Participants of the SCO's Dushanbe summit stressed that Afghanistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected. They supported the implementation of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconcili ...

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US Reconstruction of Afghanistan Most Expensive in US History

WASHINGTON— Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the U.S. has provided more than $104 billion to rebuild Afghanistan -- more money than the United States has spent on reconstruction for any one country in history. But John Sopko said despite the massive investment, corruption and the narcotics trade are flourishing, and Afghanistan is unable to pay for and maintain proj ...

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The Endless Election Stalemate

Two days after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah told a news conference that the process was faced a stalemate and that he would not accept a fraudulent election outcome, another presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai warned he was not going to compromise the constitution. Mr. Ahmadzai asserted that he is committed to the unity government deal and would continue talks with Abdullah’s camp. As t ...

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