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Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome

Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome KABUL: The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday announced receiving results of the UN-supervised nationwide audit of ballots cast in the runoff polls. On Sunday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced completion of the vote audit process and said the results would be shared soon with the electoral watchdog. Results of 405 suspect ...

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Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death

An Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday for armed robbery and sexual assault. The death sentences given to two other defendants were reduced to 20 years in prison each for unrelated crimes. The defendants were convicted of attacking an Afghan family driving home from a wedding outside of Kabul. Prosecutors said that a group of eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped the fam ...

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Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a court in Islamabad on Saturday to protest against the court's decision. Recent protests have been headed by Imran Khan, a former cricket star and Tahir ul-Qadri who is a firebrand ...

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Philippine Base for US Ships Draws Mixed Reactions Amid China Tensions

ALAWAN, PHILIPPINES— The Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. In recent years, Beijing has sent forces to occupy reefs claimed by Manila and boats from both countries have engaged in stand offs in those waters. The island of Palawan in the west Philippines is at the forefront of these tensions. Now, Manila is considering allowing the United States to base some of ...

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Turkey helps Afghanistan transform itself

A new report titled “Afghanistan's Future and Turkey's Contribution,” released by the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), on Friday, covered the next phase in Afghanistan's restructuring process and Turkey's crucial contributions toward that end. “Afghanistan is now in a transition period in which [their] first democratic elections took place and the Taliban question is being resolved. In ...

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Afghanistan orders strict action against sexual abuse of children

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) instructed police to take strict actions against the abuse of children during wedding ceremonies. MoI delivered a statement after a meeting that had been called to discuss the disruption of security by irresponsible individuals firing shots into the air. This comes after the death of at least one person and the injury of five others as a result of shots fired into the air duri ...

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Paghman gang rape: Appeal court proceedings begin

KABUL : A court of appeal on Monday began an open trial of seven convicts in the Paghman gang rape case, an official said. The men had been accused of looting passengers and sexually assaulting four women after intercepting vehicles on the main road in Paghman. The Attorney General Office (AGO) had said that 10 people were involved in the rape case and seven of them had been arrested so far. Azizullah, Must ...

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Sangin on the verge of falling to Taliban

LASHKARGAH: Officials and residents on Sunday confirmed Taliban militants had entered the main bazaar of the Sangin district in southern Helmand province after capturing security posts. A resident of Sangin, Abdul Ahad, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the insurgents had entered the district bazaar last night and had started launching attacks on the district headquarters. Ahad said the heavi ...

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Trench near Durand Line irks lawmakers

Kabul: The Meshrano Jirga condemned Pakistan on Sunday for digging a 480 kilometres long trench on the Durand Line, the porous international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, warning the issue would be taken to the UN and other international forums. Media reports suggest Pakistan’s paramilitary troops are busy digging the huge trench on its southwestern border with Afghanistan to stop smugglers and t ...

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Fresh Warning on Corruption in Afghanistan

US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction says corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the country’s future and the US has no viable and effective anti-corruption strategy there despite having spent an unprecedented $104 billion of American taxpayers’ money. According to John Sopko, the United States has spent $8bn in fighting opium trade and cultivation in the country, activities which ...

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US Reconstruction of Afghanistan Most Expensive in US History

Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the U.S. has provided more than $104 billion to rebuild Afghanistan -- more money than the United States has spent on reconstruction for any one country in history. Despite the massive investment, John Sopko said corruption and the narcotics trade are flourishing, and Afghanistan is unable to pay for and maintain projects the U.S. ha ...

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A day after Kabul demo, UN warns of aid cut

KABUL: The United Nations on Saturday warned of severely limiting its activities, including assistance to Afghanistan, if allegations against the world body continued. On Friday, hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections. The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in front o ...

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SCO members support Afghan-led reconciliation process

DUSHANBE,- Leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday voiced support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation and reconstruction process. Participants of the SCO's Dushanbe summit stressed that Afghanistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected. They supported the implementation of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconcili ...

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US Reconstruction of Afghanistan Most Expensive in US History

WASHINGTON— Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the U.S. has provided more than $104 billion to rebuild Afghanistan -- more money than the United States has spent on reconstruction for any one country in history. But John Sopko said despite the massive investment, corruption and the narcotics trade are flourishing, and Afghanistan is unable to pay for and maintain proj ...

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The Endless Election Stalemate

Two days after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah told a news conference that the process was faced a stalemate and that he would not accept a fraudulent election outcome, another presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai warned he was not going to compromise the constitution. Mr. Ahmadzai asserted that he is committed to the unity government deal and would continue talks with Abdullah’s camp. As t ...

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Syria rebels name slain leader’s replacement

Ahrar al-Sham, a Syrian rebel group, has announced its new leadership after it lost its top brass during a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province. Hassan Abboud, the head of Ahrar al-Sham, was among up to 45 people killed in an underground bunker near an ammunition dump outside Ram Hamdan on Tuesday. The new head is Hashim al-Sheikh, also known as Abu Jaber, while his deputy is Abu Saleh Taha ...

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NATO Summit on Afghanistan

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee NATO leaders in the alliance’s summit in Wales agreed to continue its long-term support to Afghanistan. NATO officials said that the alliance would continue backing Afghanistan in military, funding, and long-term and strategic support for Afghanistan’s efforts to rid itself of terrorism. However, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen maintained that NATO’s future cooperation with Afghanis ...

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Ghani to Abdullah: join hands for united Afghanistan

KABUL: On Wednesday, Presidential hopeful Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, calling upon his rival Dr. Abdullah to join hands for a unity government, asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to announce the results without further delay. Addressing a gathering of his followers in Kabul, the former World Bank economist said the enemy should never think that Afghans were a divided nation. He urged Abdullah to ...

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IEC refuses to give date for election result

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday the compilation of presidential election results would be completed by the end of the current week. The IEC spokesman hoped both candidates would endorse a political agreement before the results are announced, refusing to give a specific date for unveiling the outcome. Noor Mohammad Noor told a news conference that votes from 668 of 18,560 p ...

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Sushma Swaraj inaugurates new Indian embassy building in Kabul

KABUL: A new $40 million Indian embassy building, which features an integrated security system, was inaugurated by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday here in the heart of the Afghan capital. The building is spread over an area of 5 acres and has been constructed at the cost of $40 million. The total area of the building is 8,300 square metres. The building is at Wazir Akbar Khan, close to ...

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