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National Unity Govt Only Remedy, Says Spanta

National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Tuesday called a national unity government the only solution to current political problems of the country. The election process ran into a deadlock after Dr. Abdullah Abdullah blamed his rival Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s team for rigging and boycotted the electoral bodies. But US Secretary of State John Kerry resolved the stalemate during his two-day vis ...

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China Lifts Brazilian Beef Ban

Brazilian producers are hoping to recapture lost ground after China announced it was lifting its ban on the country’s beef, imposed following the discovery of BSE in 2012. Announced during a visit to Brazil by Xi Jinnping, the president of China, the move opens the door for a return to the mainland market for Brazilian beef, considerably increasing the country’s scope within the Asian markets. The ban was i ...

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US To Provide Additional USD 9.3 Million Aid To Pakistan

The US today said it will grant an additional USD 9.3 million aid to Pakistan to meet the health and livelihood needs of over a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan where a major military operation is underway against Taliban. The funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US embassy said in a statement. The US government w ...

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Rally Against Law on Rights and Privileges for MPs

The Second protest resisting to approval of the new Law that provides long-life security and subsistence to MPs organized on 22nd of July 2014 by Civil Movement of Responsible citizen and civil society activists in Kota-e-Sangee area of Kabul city. This protest follows the first gathering of more than 300 afghan residents and some parliament MPs in front of Lower House in Kabul, Afghanistan, protestors in t ...

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Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs?

The idea of economic zones with lower taxes to spur business has been floated since the 1970s, most notably by the late U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp in the 1980s and 1990s. But the idea has never gotten anywhere on the federal level. Economists have debated for decades whether tax cuts lead to jobs and can’t find a clear consensus. When 41 economists were asked in 2012 by the University of Chicago’s Initiatives on G ...

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Pakistan Demanding US Presence in Afghanistan

Pakistan has asked the United States to review its plan for withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan by end of 2016. According to reports, a delegation of Pakistani military officials has recently visited Washington to urge American officials to back the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan even after troop pullout from Afghanistan. The development comes at a time when Pakistani military is carryin ...

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US Hopes For Govt of National Unity In Kabul

Heartened by several meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai since the agreement on an audit of ballots, the US hoped the election results would lead to the creation of a national unity government. “I’m heartened by the fact that Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani have met now – subsequently several times since the announcement with Secretary Kerry. Part of it is to ...

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Iraq’s Military Battles to Wrest Back Control of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said. The Iraqi military opened its campaign to wrest back Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Saturday with a multi-pr ...

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Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

KABUL - Polls closed on Saturday after a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, a decisive test of the country's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. As most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, whoever takes over from Karzai will inherit a troubled country plagued by an increasingly assertive Taliban insurgency and an ...

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President Karzai Casts Vote In Presidential Election Run-Off

Afghanistan's outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Saturday morning cast his vote in the presidential election run-off. Afghans will be electing a new president for the next five years in the first transfer of power in the country's history. Karzai along with other high-ranking officials arrived at Amani High School near the presidential palace at around 7:45 a.m. local time. Karzai, who is constitutionally b ...

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Indian President Lays Out New Economic Agenda

India's new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament. Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday the new government would engage energetically with its neighbours, including China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will "urgently pursue ...

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NATO Meeting to Finalize New Afghan Mission

BRUSSELS: The two-day defence ministerial meeting that began here on Tuesday would finalise NATO’s plan for a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces from next year, the alliance chief said. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before the start of the meeting that the two-day summit would conclude with a meeting of ISAF troop contributing nations and Afghan defence minis ...

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India Arrests All Suspects In Gang-Rape Case

Indian police have arrested five people, including two policemen, over the alleged gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, officials have said. The three suspects, detained for the attack in Uttar Pradesh state, are cousins in their 20s from an extended family. They face charges of rape and murder, crimes punishable by the death penalty, police officer N Malik said on Saturday. Officials in Uttar Prade ...

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US Deploys First Advanced Drones To Japan

The US air force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan. According to the AP news agency, the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft were deployed to Japan over the past week from their home base on the Pacific island of Guam. They are expected to enhance the US military's ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations, an ...

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Afghan Forces Ready To Retaliate To Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai has directed the Afghan forces to stand ready for retaliation to Pakistani attacks on eastern Afghan provinces, the defence minister told lawmakers on Saturday. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi told the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament that President Karzai had cautioned Pakistani officials that Afghanistan could no longer tolerate the cross border shelling. Over the past thre ...

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The Wrong Afghan Friends

  By ANAND GOPAL At a checkpoint on a dirt road in southeasternAfghanistan in 2012, Rahim Sarobi, a farmer, braked to a stop behind a knot of idling cars. Up ahead, Afghan gunmen were piled into the back of a Toyota Hilux. On the ground, tied to the rear fender by their wrists, lay two bloodied men, laboring to breathe. Everyone was ordered out of their vehicles. The burly checkpoint commander, known simply ...

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President Karzai declares support for Afghan banks

President Hamid Karzai conferred on the challenges facing the Afghan banks at a meeting attended by concerned ministers, chairman of the Central Bank and heads of the private banks. The meeting came after China announced halting financial transactions with Afghan commercial banks. President Karzai declared support for the Afghan banks and reassured that the Afghan government remained committed in strengthen ...

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Egypt Voting Extended Amid Poor Turnout

Egyptians have been given an extra day to cast their ballots in the country's presidential election, after two days of low voter numbers at polling booths. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief who quit in March to run for president, is expected to easily win, but his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support. On Wednesday, there was little sign that the number of voters ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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