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German Forces End Combat Mission In North

German forces, part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), changed their combat mission into training and assisting Afghan security forces in northern Afghanistan, an alliance official said on Saturday. Replaced by German Brig. Gen. Harald Gante, who took over the command during a change of command ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday, the outgoing Maj. Gen. Bernd ...

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German Minister Meets Troops In Mazar-I-Sharif

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen touched down on Wednesday morning at a military base in teh northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to meet troops from her country on an announced visit. German media reported it is her second trip that came months before German soldiers are set to withdraw from the country. Mazar-i-Sharif is home to majority of the roughly 2,400 German troops in Afghanistan. More than ...

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Indian MP Force-Feeds Muslim Man On Fast

There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted catering supervisor, Arshad Zubair, at the new Maharashtra Sadan, The Indian Express repo ...

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Transasia Airways Plane Crashes On Landing In Taiwan, Killing 40

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off tyhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 40 people, China's Xinhua news agency said. Taiwan media said a domestic flight had crashed, killing or injuring more than 40 people. "It's chaotic on the scene," Jean Shen, director of the civil aviation authorities, told Reuters. "The fire department was putting out the flames. They will give us the numbe ...

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India, Pak Foreign Secretaries To Meet On August 25

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistani will meet on August 25 in Islamabad to discuss the way forward in bilateral ties, which have made no headway since the interruption of dialogue process nearly two years ago. A simultaneous announcement about the meeting was made from New Delhi and Islamabad today after Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had a telephon ...

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Afghanistan, Yemen among U.S.-Honored Development Projects

The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen. The projects, all funded by one of the major development banks, range from helping rice farmers in West Africa to dealing with pollution in Mongolia. The awards recognize "excepti ...

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Afghanistan Blames Pakistan

The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Pakistan has denied suc ...

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It was Putin’s missile?

By: Pepe Escobar Here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysian Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists” armed by Russia and Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up. Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary ‘We came, we saw, he died’ Clinton said so. Because crazy Samantha ‘R2P’ Power said so – thu ...

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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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Preity Zinta To Police: Ness Wadia Threw Burning Cigarettes At My Face

Bollywood actor Preity Zinta, who has accused industrialist Ness Wadia of molestation, has said her former boyfriend had thrown burning cigarettes at her and locked her up in a room even before the May 30 incident at Wankhede Stadium after which she filed a police complaint. "Ness's behaviour towards me is getting more and more aggressive and violent over a period of time. From throwing burning cigarettes a ...

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China will not fill US void in Afghanistan

BEIJING: China does not seek to fill a void left in Afghanistan by the withdrawal of US troops but will play a "huge" commercial role in helping rebuild the country, a newly appointed Chinese special envoy said on Monday. China, which is connected to Afghanistan by a narrow, almost impassable mountain corridor, has been quietly preparing for more responsibility there after the bulk of US-led troops pull out ...

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Physicists Propose Molecular Clock to Expose New Physics

A trio of researchers from Germany, Bulgaria and Russia has proposed the idea of using a molecular clock to determine if the electron-proton mass ratio changes over time. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, Stephan Schiller, Dimitre Bakalov, and Vladimir Korobov describe a theoretical method for building such a clock and why if one were built, it might lead to new physics. Everyone knows th ...

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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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Harold Meyerson: In Germany, Capitalism that Works

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells out how Germany succeeds and the United States fails at these crucial tasks. The book ranks the planet’s 193 countries by their ...

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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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Death Toll From Super Typhoon Rammasun Rises To 17 In China

The death toll from super typhoon Rammasun has increased to 17 on Sunday as one more person was confirmed dead in the island province of Hainan. Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit south China in four decades, brought gales and downpours to a number of southern provinces. At least two people are missing, according to local civil affairs authorities. The latest statistics showed that more than 5.57 millio ...

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BJP Looking To Gain Ground In Muslim-Dominated Kashmir Valley

After a good show in Jammu region in recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is trying to gain ground in Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley roping in several members of the community into its fold. Last month, over two dozen Muslims, including women, belonging to various political outfits, joined the BJP, party leaders said. Among the new entrants was daughter of Muhammad Shafi Bhat, a former National Conference legis ...

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Ukraine Rebels Accused Of Blocking Jet Probe

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine are being accused of blocking the investigation into the apparent shooting-down of a Malaysian passenger jet with 298 people on board. Observers from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) arrived at the crash site for a second time on Saturday, a day after they were asked to leave after being given limited access to the farmland where the jet ...

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Gaza Under Intense Fire As Death Toll Mounts

At least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaza, spoke of of "relentless and constant thuds" of tank fire across the eastern border of Gaza on Saturday, "with only around 10 seconds between each". She said the tanks were ...

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