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2 Italian Nationals Detained in Wardak

  Two Italian citizens posing as mining experts have been arrested along with three Afghans in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday. The individuals detained in Siakhak area on Monday evening had no legal residency documents, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The Italian nationals, their Afghan interpreter, driver were qu ...

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Obama offers assistance for landslide victims

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called his Afghan counterpart to express condolences over loss of life in the May 2 landslide in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the White House said.   “Karzai expressed appreciation for international assistance and described to the president the ongoing Afghan government response, to include visits to the region by Afghan vice-presidents,” th ...

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Release Obama’s Benghazi intelligence briefings

  By Marc A. Thiessen President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video. If that’s the case, there is a simple way to prove it: Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly ...

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Leftist rebels release 36 hostages in S. Philippines

  DAVAO CITY, Philippines, May 5 - Leftist rebels have released 36 civilians whom they held hostage in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, a military official said Monday. Captain Ernest Carolina, the spokesman of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said negotiations are ongoing to release three others who are still being held captive by the NPA. "The three hostages are all ...

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Ghor floods kill 3, wash away houses

  Triggered by torrential rain, floods killed three people and washed away 150 houses in western Ghor province, an official said on Monday. The overnight flood killed three people in the Tasraqi and Cheri areas of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, and damages crops on hundreds of acres of farmland in Daulaina and Shahrak districts, said Hamidullah Dadfar, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Aut ...

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EU stresses aid to landslide survivors

      The European Union ambassador visited the devastated Ab Barik village in Badakhshan province, paying respects to the victims and their families and attending a condolence ceremony. EU Special Representative Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin accompanied First Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on his visit to the remote flattened village on Sunday. During the ceremony at the mass grave, ...

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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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The Catastrophe of Badakhshan Landslide

Afghans are mourning for the victims of the tragic incident in Northern Badakhshan province. The destructive landslide in Badakhshan province left more than 2,700 people dead and many others missing. According to police and government officials, more than 300 homes are buried under mudslide and residents from some neighboring villages have been evacuated by police. In recent weeks, there have been many trag ...

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‘No Hope’ for Those Buried by Mudslide,

    By AZAM AHMEDs KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a huge landslide buried much of a village in northeastern Afghanistan, there appeared to be little hope that any survivors would be found, Afghan officials said Saturday. Local official’s fear that more than 2,000 people are deads entombed in a blanket of earth nearly 30 feet deep. Officials are expected to designate the site, in the remote villa ...

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Death toll in militant attack rises to 30 in NE India

  MUMBAI -- At least seven more bodies were found in Northeast Indian state of Assam on Saturday morning, bringing number of victims killed by militant attacks in the province in the last 36 hours to 30, local media reported. All the victims are Muslim residents. The bodies were found in Baksa district. According to news channel Times Now, indefinite curfew has been clamped in Baksa district and army h ...

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2,100 confirmed dead in Badakhshan landslide

  FAIZABAD: Over 2,100 people were killed and hundreds went missing on Friday when a massive landslide buried an entire village in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Saturday. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) ordered the 209th Shaheen Military Corps to employ all available resources to evacuate the people trapped by tonnes of mud and rocks. Gen. Fazal Din Ayar, the provincia ...

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Relief Should be Enhanced for Flood-Hit Provinces

A number of Northern provinces have been worst hit by flash floods with about 150 people dead and many others missing. According to local officials, around 6,000 families have been affected as result of the recent flooding in the Northern provinces. With each day passing, the dimension of the crises emerges even bigger. The death tolls are increasing and thousands of people are desperate for receiving help ...

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Thousands of Children Affected By Floods in Afghanistan

Around 25,000 children have been affected and in need of urgent assistance in the aftermath of flash floods triggered by heavy rain and melting snow in the mountainous area of northern Afghanistan, Save the Children says. Dozens are still missing after the flooding Thursday night in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces, Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Agency said. Aid agencies spent the weekend ...

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2 Bombings Kill 6 in Pakistan

Karachi - Two bombings have killed three soldiers and as many seminary students in Pakistan, officials said Monday. In the first incident, a roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border Sunday night, an army statement said. Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against militancy in the tribal regions, which are home to a mix of ...

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UNAMA Condemns Hospital Killings

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday condemned the killing of three civilians by a gunman the other day at a private hospital in Kabul. All three slain were foreigners who selflessly helped people of Afghanistan in need of medical assistance. The gunman is reported to be a security officer. The motive behind the attack is unknown and no organization has claimed re ...

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Civilian Casualties on the Peak

For another consecutive year, the United Nations reported a rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan. According the UNAMA report, which released on Saturday, civilian casualties in Afghanistan during 2013 have risen 14 percent with around 3000 people killed and more than five thousands wounded during last year. According to the report, the Taliban and other insurgent groups are responsible for most of the ...

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Memorial not Enough, Implement Justice

The Afghan government has announced it is planning a special ceremony to honor the "known and unknown" victims of the past wars through a funeral services and half-mast flags across the country next Monday. The event is planned for the memorial of the 5000 victims, killed in 1970s, whose names were recently released by local 8Sobh Daily in Kabul. A statement issued by the office of President Hamid Karzai sa ...

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Security for Civilians Deteriorating

After the horrific Farah assault by the Taliban, President Karzai visited the province on Monday and met families and relatives of the victims of the attacks. As Farah citizens   are mourning for the loss of civilian lives, another deadly bombing in Maidan Wardak province claimed lives of other nine civilians. These recent incidents suggest the intensity of the human disastrous condition in Afghanistan as w ...

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Protecting Civilians

Officials at the Shigal district of Eastern Kunar province say that 'eleven children' and some Taliban militants including their commanders have been killed in a joint operation by Afghan and NATO forces. According to reports, residents of the shigal district angrily protested against the bombardment, carrying dead bodies of the children to the district government. According to officials, the children were ...

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Taliban Still Justify Violence

High Peace Council’s officials say that many of senior leaders of the Taliban are willing to talk for peace with the government of Afghanistan, and the group’s leaders find it difficult to justify continuation of the ongoing violence. Top HPC official Masom Stanikzay told a BBC correspondent it was difficult for Taliban leaders to open support peace efforts, because, in the past, many of them lost their liv ...

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