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Karzai signs execution orders for rapists

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai signed court orders for the execution of five men convicted of rape and robbery. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi wrote on his Twitter page that Karzai, who is due to leave office in a few days, signed the orders today. Earlier this month, the Kabul Court of Appeals upheld a lower court verdict against the perpetrators. Clad in police uniforms, the men stopped a vehicle ...

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Dr. Ghani credential reveals he secured 55.27% of the votes

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president-elect of Afghanistan received presidentials credential from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday. IEC Chief, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani presented the credentials to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during a press conference. Dr. Ghani has secured 55.27 percent of the total votes during the runoff presidential election, the credential reveals. According to the cre ...

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Taliban behead 15 civilians including women, children in Ghazni

The Taliban militants have beheaded 15 civilians, including women and children in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the civilians were beheaded by Taliban in Ajristan district on Thursday night after raiding their homes. Provincial governor spokesman, Shafiq Nang said the victims were family members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Local Police (A ...

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How cloud Chambers Revealed Subatomic Particles

Atoms are made of electrons, protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are in turn made up of quarks. These are just some of the elementary particles that make up the foundation of modern particle physics. But how do we know about these particles when we can't see atoms directly, much less their constituents? One of the early methods was through a device known as a cloud chamber, and it is quite a clever i ...

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Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states. The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with 'phase-change materials' (PCMs), which ...

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Gold, Crude Oil Prices to Trade Lower in Coming Fortnight

Global markets traded on a positive note in the last fortnight on the back of the statement from the US Federal Reserve in terms of keeping interest rates for considerable amount of time. Further, Scotland voted for no independent country from the UK, along with China declaring additional stimulus of 500 billion Yuan continued with an upside in the markets. However, sharp upside in the markets was capped du ...

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Three is the Magic Number for Rory

World Number One Rory McIlroy is excited to be representing his continent for a third time this week at Gleneagles as he embraces his role as the talisman of the European team, writes RyderCup.com's Nick Totten. In a line-up chocked full of experience, McIlroy may not have the most caps but after a summer of exemplary play in which he has re-established himself as the best player on the planet, there is no ...

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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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