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Ministers barred from exercising executive powers

A presidential decree issued on Wednesday directed all incumbent ministers and provincial governors to perform duties as acting officials, barring them from exercising executive powers. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai also ordered the ministers, governors and heads of independent departments to perform in acting capacity until the new Cabinet was introduced. Ahmadzai was sworn-in as new president on Tuesday ...

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President Orders Kabul Bank Case Reopening

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday issued a decree, directing relevant state institutions to immediately address the Kabul bank issue and restitute its assets. The new decree is enforceable at once in accordance with Article 64 of the constitution. A statement from the Cabinet Secretariat said the presidential orders were aimed to recover the bank’s loans and stolen funds. Once the country’s large ...

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7 Killed, 21 Wounded In Kabul Suicide Attacks

At least seven security personnel were killed and more than 20 others wounded in two separate suicide attacks in Kabul on Wednesday, a day after the signing of a security pact with the United States. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, in charge of the police helpline, told Pajhwok Afghan News seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when one bomber targeted their bus in Karta-i-Char ...

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A Significant Step Forward

Only a day after taking over power from former president Hamid Karzai, the new government signed the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US as well as the status of forces (SOFA) with NATO. The security pact with the United States was signed by Hanif Atmar, the newly-appointed national advisor to President Ahmadzai and James Cunningham, US ambassador to Afghanistan. President Karzai refused to sign ...

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EU upholds tough sanctions on Russia

The EU has said it will uphold tough sanctions on Russia until a ceasefire agreement between pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine and Kiev is fully implemented. EU spokeswoman Maja Kojicancic said on Tuesday that member states had agreed there had been "encouraging developments" in "some aspects" of the peace deal signed earlier this month in Minsk, Belarus. But she said that "relevant parts of the sam ...

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UN raises alert over neglected Ebola orphans

The number of orphans who have lost at least one parent to an Ebola virus is expected to double in West Africa, the UN children's fund has said, intensifying a childcare problem as extended family members shun offsprings of Ebola victims. Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 3,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, leaving at least 3,700 children in the hands of relatives who are too frightened to t ...

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ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US-led air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group. The peshmerga began their assault on early on Tuesday in the village of Basheer, which ISIL captured in June and has used as a base for operations against Kirkuk, a key oil town 15km to the north. A senior peshmerga source told t ...

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