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EU invests in cross-border trade and transit – and improves regional security

As part of EU's € 8 million Border Management Northern Afghanistan Project, EU Special representative and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, on Thursday handed over a newly constructed Border Crossing Point to the Afghan Border Police. The event took place near the town of Djomarji Bolo in Badakhshan Province, on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. Handing over the fa ...

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Afghans pay a heavy price for uncertainty

A bored security guard, a Kalashnikov rifle over his shoulder, stands guard alone outside an idle construction site for a 10-storey building in downtown Kabul, one of more than a dozen concrete shells with not a single construction worker in sight. It was meant to be boom-time after decades of war and privation. Over the past few years, shiny new shopping malls started to spring up around the Afghan capital ...

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Time for new blood

By: Dr Massoumeh Torfeh New Afghan government must dispense with strongmen and cronies to give new generation a chance. The Afghan elections were hailed as a major victory for a country gripped by war and terror for over 35 years. Almost seven million voters - 36 percent of them women - came out to say a resounding "no" to the terror of the Taliban, and a clear "yes" to the ballot box. Yet the inconclusive ...

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Dismissing the Culpable Election Workers

A number of civil organizations and election observers called on electoral bodies to dismiss the employees who have been involved in electoral irregularities and frauds during the first round of elections. In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission has warned that it would deal seriously with those employees who are found to be involved with fraudulent actions during the elections. Afghanistan’s e ...

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The Afghan Diaspora, Vulnerability Continues!

Ewaz Ali Bahrami War and drought, the absolute causes of diaspora, debilitated the Afghans with its three decade permanence. The diaspora created by the Soviet invasion, the Jihad against occupiers, the civil war, the Taliban and exhausting drought forced Afghans to flee the country and knock almost every country’s door for asylum. The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in the 1979 commenced a long-lasting mise ...

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7 Schools Buildings Completed In Takhar

TALOQAN: Construction work on seven schools, benefitting 30,000 students, has been completed in northern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday. The school buildings have been constructed in Chal, Bangi, Shakash, Rustaq and Cha Aab districts at a cost of $3 million provided by the German Development Bank (KFW) and other international donors. Across Takhar, there are 648 schools, where 300,000 student ...

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Karzai Off To Shanghai for CICA Summit

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Sunday left for China to participate in a Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA), to be held in Shanghai, his office said. The international forum seeks to strengthen cooperation in building peace, security and stability in Asia. China has been chosen as CICA president for the period from 2014 to 2016. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev float ...

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June 14 Runoff Vote To Cost $18m: IEC

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced printing 15 million ballot papers for the runoff polls, a process that is estimated to cost more than $18 million. Based on final results, former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah remains on top with more than 45 percent of votes. World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani finished second with 31.6percent of the ballots cast. Most of materials for ...

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Rockets Fired At Kabul Airport, Bagram Base

  Militants fired rockets at the Kabul International Airport and Bagram airfield in central Parwan province on Monday, causing no casualties, an official said. Two rockets fell near the runway and terminal of the Kabul airport at 5:00am on Monday, a security official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity. Operations were suspended for an hour, he said. Separately, three rockets were fired ...

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10 Dead, Several Hurt in Nangarhar Attack

  Ten people were killed and several others injured in a four-hour clash that erupted after rebels forced their way into the Justice Department in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, officials said. The attack, which was launched at around 9:30am in Majboor Abad area of Jalalabad, ended at 1:30pm. Speaking to journalist, police chief Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said all three assailants had been e ...

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Afghanistan Looks To Resolve Hanging Of Nationals In Iran

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry is expressing confidence it can reach agreement with Iranian authorities to stop hanging Afghan nationals found guilty of crimes in Iran. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni told Radio Free Afghanistan on May 10 the Afghan government has been raising the issue for months in discussions with Iranian officials. Mustaghni recalled just over a month ago four Afghan ...

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Zalmai Rassoul endorses Abdullah in election runoff

Presidential runner Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday announced to support Abdullah Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul is the second presidential candidate to endorse Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul’s electoral team said they will support Abdullah Abdullah’s team during the second round of election based on an agreement that the two teams will work on decentralization, ...

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2 Suicide Bombers Attack ISAF Convoy

Two suicide bombers attacked an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in southern Kandahar province on Saturday. The attacks happened close to the Maiwand district centre at 3.30pm, causing no casualties, the governor’s acting spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The bombers detonated -- almost simultaneously -- their explosives-laden car and motorbike near an ISAF convoy, ...

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Chinese, Iranians to Help Retrieve Corpses

Chinese and Iranian experts have promised to help retrieve corpses buried under a deep layer of mud as a result of the May 2 landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a minister said on Saturday. About 2,500 people were buried under the rubble of 300 homes after the tragedy hit Argo district. But the district chief, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and a number of other sources put the d ...

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Afghanistan Signs First Satellite Deal

Afghanistan on May 10 started using its first ever satellite, AFGHANSAT 1, which will support a wide range of services, including broadcasting, telecommunications, and international connectivity. The Afghan government has signed a contract with European satellite operator, Eutelsat to deploy the in-orbit satellite. Information Technology and Telecommunications Minister Amirzai Sangin said it was a "historic ...

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Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing

An Afghan Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday, an official said. Brig. Gen. Haq Nawaz Haqyar, a border police commander at the airport, told the emergency landing slight casualty to five passengers. For technical reasons, the jet slid off the runway, he said, adding the aircraft the stopped off the runway on its own was not damaged. About 130 passen ...

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Over 240 more election complaints discussed

  KABUL: In the run-up to the final outcome, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday evaluated more than 240 complaints. Representatives of civil society, candidates and media outlets attended the third public hearing into complaints from Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Ghor and Nimroz provinces. Most of the complaints were recorded in Kandahar and Her ...

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Ban saddened by loss of life in landslide

    KABUL: The United Nations Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life as a result of the landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a statement said on Monday. Ban Ki-moon extended his sincere condolences to the people and government of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in the disaster. "United Nations agencies and human ...

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Pakistani Madrasas Encourage Afghan Children for Suicide Attacks

  The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) accused religious schools (Madrasas) in Pakistan for encouraging Afghan children to carry out suicide attack. NDS spokeman, Lotfullah Mashal said around 80 percent of the suicide attacks are carried out by children in Afgahnistan. Mashal further added that majority of the children are encouraged in Pakistani Madrasas to for suicide atta ...

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Karzai: US and British Forces Run Illegal Prisons in Afghanistan

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the US and British forces in Afghanistan for running illegal detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. Karzai instructed the security institutions and Afghan attorney general to take immediate steps in order to close or transfer the NATO detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. The instruction by President Hamid Karzai was given after the Afgha ...

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