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NATO ready to play its part in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

WALES: NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday said their mission in Afghanistan was not over yet and Afghanistan still needed international support and the alliance was ready to play its part. In his opening remarks on the first day of the two day NATO summit focused on Afghanistan in Wales, the NATO chief said they were proud of what they had achieved in Afghanistan, thanks to hundreds of ...

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33 killed, 154 wounded in Ghazni attack

GHAZNI CITY: Taliban insurgents detonated two powerful truck bombs outside the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office and a police station in southern Ghazni province on Thursday, killing 14 security personnel, including civilians, and 19 attackers while injuring 154 others, officials said. Deputy police chief Col. Asadullah Insaf told Pajhwok Afghan News the first truck bomb was followed by another ...

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Electoral Dispute: Stalemate or Breakthrough?

After the deadline set by Abdullah’s team for withdrawing from the vote audit process and political talks over formation of new government past, there were mixed reports over what kind of progress was made in talks for overcoming the recent differences between the two camps. A spokesman for Dr. Abdullah’s camp said Ashraf Ghani’s team has proposed a new initiative that recommends more powers for the chief e ...

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France Suspends Delivery of Warship to Russia

President Francois Hollande's office says France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine. The announcement, after Hollande convened a special defense panel, comes a day before the start of a NATO summit and after months of pressure from France to suspend the sale amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Hollande's office ...

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Pakistan army ‘kills 910 militants in Waziristan offensive’

Pakistan's military says it has killed at least 910 suspected militants since launching an offensive in the tribal area of North Waziristan in June. Some 82 soldiers had died fighting the insurgents there and in raids across the country, the statement said. The army said the main towns in North Waziristan, which had been a Taliban stronghold, were now under its control. Media access is blocked in tribal are ...

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Japan PM appoints five women in reshuffled cabinet

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revamped his cabinet and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts. It equals the highest ever number of female lawmakers in the government's executive, set in 2001. While keeping core members on in their posts during the reshuffle, Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his cabinet on Wednesday. Having five women in the cabinet is extremely ...

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Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce peace progress

Ukraine and Russia have announced common ground and what appears to be a truce in their ongoing conflict. Kyiv has spoken of a "ceasefire regime" while Moscow has denied any ceasefire but steps towards "peace." Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday announced a ceasefire had been reached with Russia. But following an immediate denial by the Kremlin, Poroshenko watered down his comments. "The part ...

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Taliban ready to play role in ending violence in Afghanistan

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan touted the group’s role as trouble shooters, bridge builders and problem solvers in a bid to allay the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s concerns. Following a statement released ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, Taliban claimed that it is the true representative of the Afghan people. The statement further added that the group can play a central role in resolvin ...

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Hope Reappears as Campaigns near Final Agreement

After days of unproductive negotiations, the two presidential candidates appeared together following a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, and both expressed renewed hope that their power-sharing arrangement would soon be finalized. Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's camp on Wednesday reported that a four-person committee including representatives of both candidates would be conven ...

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‘Talk to me, not about me’: Afghan women left out in the cold by NATO

World leaders are converging this week on Newport, Wales for the NATO summit. The agenda is extremely full and Afghanistan is no longer at the forefront of people’s concerns. Nevertheless, it is a key moment for Afghanistan. NATO states will debate a training and support mission for staying in Afghanistan after military forces leave, but will this mission take into account the needs of Afghan women? Afghani ...

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100% audit process to be completed tomorrow

KABUL-The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday that the presidential election audit process would be completed tomorrow. Noor Muhammad Noor, the spokesperson for the IEC, told journalists that at least 94% of the ballot boxes had been recounted and audited. He said that 21,343 ballot boxes had gone through the recount and audit process while only 1,485 were left. 240 working teams were bu ...

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11 KILLED IN KUNAR AS TALIBAN, ARMY CLASH

KABUL- (Afg Express Report) An Afghan official says that an attack by Taliban fighters has killed five Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. Kunar Gov. Fazullah Wahidi said Wednesday that the overnight attack also resulted in the deaths of six Taliban fighters. Wahidi said the attackers were wearing Afghan army uniforms. Taliban and Pakistani insurgents have been fighting against the governm ...

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Karzai appeals for end to Ghani-Abdullah dispute

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged both the presidential candidates to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Addressing a gathering marking the Independence Day, Karzai said he hoped the Afghans stay united so that the country was led toward peace and stability. Stressing early results from the June presidential runoff election, ...

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NATO asked to keep support human rights

LONDON: The NATO member countries should make a firm commitment to support human rights protections in Afghanistan beyond the end of the NATO combat mission post-2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The NATO Summit in Wales, on September 4 and 5, 2014, is slated to discuss future alliance support for the Afghan government. The failure of the outgoing government of Hamid Karzai to institutionali ...

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Kandahar students no more without books: official

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Primary schoolchildren have been without text books in southern Kandahar province over the past six years, a problem now stands resolved, an official said on Monday. Kandahar Education Director Abdul Qaad Paiwastoon told Pajhwok Afghan News that primary school students had lacked text books for the last six years and, as a result, the education process there had been slowed. He said ...

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Afghan militants consider joining Islamic State

Afghanistan, surrounded by its mountains and deserts, has always been deeply cut off from the outside world. Now, for the first time, its insurgents are considering making common cause with groups far from their borders. Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied with the Taliban, say they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (ISIL), according to BBC News. Their commander als ...

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90 Percent of ballots audited.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Tuesday that around 90 percent of votes from the runoff election have been audited. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told reporters that the audit teams have audited 20,501 ballot boxes out of 22,828 boxes so far. "From 2,000 polling sites 1,100 polling sites were audited," IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said. "900 of them were special audit boxes, ...

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Abducted bank employee rescued in Kabul with arrest of 3 kidnappers

An abducted bank employee was rescued by Afghan intelligence operatives and a group of three kidnappers were arrested in capital Kabul. During an official statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the kidnappers were arrested during an operation on 8th Street in Taimani. The statement went on to say that the group had also kidnapped the credit controller of Afghanistan Commercial Bank (ACB) ...

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Suicide car bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen

KABUL: An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing has killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday. He said three policemen were killed. Two people were wounded, a civilian and a local policeman. A mili ...

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Paghman gang rape: 3 more suspects held

Police on Tuesday aprehended three more suspects allegedly linked to a group that gang rapped four women and looted passengers last month in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The gang members, dressed in police uniforms, reportedly took valuables from the passengers and sexually abused four women. Three members of the gang are already being held in police custody. Kabul Police Chief Gen. Zahir ...

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