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Putin orders troops away from Ukraine border

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov told Russian news outlets late Saturday in Sochi that Putin had ordered approximately 17,600 troops to return home from Rostov, a southern region that borders east Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have been battling governm ...

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Ghani, Abdullah urged to bar rights abusers from top posts

KABUL : In a letter to President Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah,  Human Rights Watch has urged them to carefully vet appointments to national security positions to ensure they are not linked to human rights abuses. The co-leadership should select individuals with strong human rights records for the ministers of interior and justice, director of the National Directorate of Security, and attorn ...

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Over 800,000 Adults Being Educated through Adult Literacy Program

Kabul-(Afg Express Report) Thirty years of anti-Soviet and civil war, as well as economic woes, have resulted in widespread illiteracy in Afghanistan. In light of these challenges, Afghanistan has made considerable progress in the education sector over the past few years, especially with respect to the Literacy Education Program of 2002, which has increased the number of adult learners to 800,000. The Deput ...

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Kabul Bank Case under Spotlight

Officials at the Attorney General Office say they have arrested even out of 21 individuals involved in Kabul Bank’s corruption case in collaboration with Kabul police. The spokesman of the Attorney general Office said the agency is now pursuing the rest of those accused of involvement in the case. According to the AGO spokesman, two key stakeholders of the bank case are now in prison and former banker Abdul ...

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Women in Khost demand justice and peace

KHOST : On Saturday, women social activists and community leaders in the southeastern Khost province urged President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to strive for peace in the country and to ensure gender justice while distributing power. The rights’ activists gathered today in the provincial women affair’s department. Sultan Zari, a mother who had lost three sons who were serving in the police department, highlighte ...

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MPs urge Ahmadzai to name ‘clean’ Cabinet

KABUL: Hailing recent measures by the new government, a number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday asked President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai not to appoint graft-tainted former officials and ministers as members of the new Cabinet. The lower house members stressed Ahmadzai should announce the new Cabinet soon, and that for the sake of good governance the cabinet should be comprised of individuals who had not be ...

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World, Afghanistan face common threats: Ahmadzai

KABUL: On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told visiting US senators that the world and Afghanistan faced common security threats that needed to be addressed through joint efforts. Senator Timothy Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, met Ahm ...

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Six Civilians Killed in Uruzgan Blasts

At least six civilians were killed and seven others were injured in separate blasts in southern Uruzgan province, local officials said on Saturday. The first blast took place on Friday night in Chora district of the province when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside mine killing four civilians and injuring four others, Provincial Governor spokesman Dost Mohammad Shah said. Shah said second blast took place ...

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Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in Pul-e-Khumri city

Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a coordinated suicide attack plot in northern Pul-e-Khumri city. National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Saturday that a suspected Taliban militant involved in coordinating and planning suicide and terrorist attack plots was arrested during a special operation by intelligence operatives. A statement released by NDS said the detained militant was identified as Amir M ...

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Time to abolish the death penalty in Afghanistan!

The new Afghan Government has announced an impressive series of positive economic, judicial, and security sector reforms. These are courageous reforms that will reshape Afghanistan and move the nation forward. Now the time has come for the government to be equally committed toward reform and improvements within the human rights sector. Establishing a moratorium on the death penalty, with the immediate suspe ...

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Kerry: Afghan Unity Government could be Turning Point

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the completion of the power-sharing deal and successful political transition in Afghanistan could be a turning point for the war-torn South Asian country. The top U.S. diplomat played a major part in helping negotiate the deal under which the two candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election agreed to form a national unity government. Late las ...

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Ebola death toll crosses 4,000 mark

More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in West Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation. The WHO said on Friday that as of October 8, 4,033 people have died of Ebola out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries. The last toll put the figures at 3,865 dead from 8,033 cases. The seven affected count ...

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Six UN police wounded in fresh CAR fighting

An armed group fired at a United Nations police patrol monitoring a protest near the airport in the capital of the Central African Republic, wounding six constables, a UN peacekeeping official has said. The wounded were evacuated by the peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA, a UN official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly The shootings on Friday followed an atta ...

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ISIL bid to storm Syrian town repelled

Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, a monitoring group has said. Syrian Kurdish fighters reportedly pushed back an ISIL attempt to storm the centre of the town on Saturday, sparking 90 minutes of heavy clashes, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The Kurdish People's ...

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Time to abolish the death penalty in Afghanistan!

The new Afghan Government has announced an impressive series of positive economic, judicial and security sector reforms. These are courageous reforms that will reshape Afghanistan and move the nation forward. Now the time has come for the Government to be equally committed towards reform and improvements within the Human Rights sector. Establishing a moratorium, immediately suspending the execution of death ...

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Ahmadzai’s First Move in Confronting Corruption

In his first major move to deal with major corruption cases, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai ordered the corruption case of Kabul Bank reopened. According to the presidential decree, the bank case, which was one of the most infamous cases of corruption during former president Hamid Karzai’s era, should once again be reviewed. After the $900 million fraud committed by owners and high-profile managers of Kabu ...

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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials have announced. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to keep doctors, staff and ...

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Erdogan vows to take on ISIL fighters

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made his clearest remarks on the possibility of his military forces engaging with armed groups in Iraq and Syria, a day ahead of a parliamentary vote that may grant the government authority to do so. Delivering a keynote speech in the opening of parliament's new session on Wednesday, the Turkish president said: "We will fight effectively against both (Islamic State) and all other te ...

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Children killed in Homs double blasts

At least 10 children are among 22 people killed in a twin bombings outside a primary school in the government-controlled city of Homs in central Syria. A Syrian pro-government channel broadcast on Wednesday brief footage of the aftermath, showing parents looking for their children and schoolbags and bloodstains on the ground. Flames rose from a car nearby. Homs governor Talal Barazzi described the attack as ...

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Benchmarks To Be Set For Governors’ Appointments

President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday stressed the need for permanent budgets for provinces and the appointment of qualified individuals as governor. At a meeting with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) chief and other officials at the Presidential Palace, Ahmadzai called for upholding merit in all appointments. Vice-President Sarwar Danish also attended the meeting, which was ...

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