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Abdullah, Mohaqiq Discuss Election Challenges

Abdullah, Mohaqiq Discuss Election Challenges

January 18, 2014

KABUL – Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, Vice Presidential running mate of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in a public speech on Thursday blamed the sitting government for a number of "crises" Afghanistan ...

US Airstrike Killed at Least 14 Civilians in Parwan: MP

US Airstrike Killed at Least 14 Civilians in Parwan: MP

January 18, 2014

KABUL - A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan ...

Sharp Drop in Afghan Growth Rate in 2013: WB

Sharp Drop in Afghan Growth Rate in 2013: WB

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON - Painting a grim picture of the Afghan economy, the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday estimated the country’s growth rate at 3.1 percent in the year 2013; which is a sharp ...

Indo-Pak-Afghan Friendship Only Option: Nawaz

Indo-Pak-Afghan  Friendship Only Option: Nawaz

January 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan, Afghanistan and India had no option other than becoming good friends and added that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had ...

India, China, Russia to Hold Trilateral Meet on Afghanistan

India, China, Russia  to Hold Trilateral Meet on Afghanistan

January 16, 2014

NEW DEHLI - Senior officials from India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meet in Beijing on Thursday to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the ...

MPs Endorse Draft Budget

MPs Endorse Draft Budget

January 16, 2014

KABUL - By a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved the draft budget for the current fiscal year, beginning from Dec. 22. The draft budget has been approved by the Meshrano Jirga ...

Obama Defends Afghanistan Policy

Obama Defends Afghanistan Policy

January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama defended his Afghanistan policy, saying he continues to have "faith" in the U.S. mission in the country, after his former Pentagon chief said the ...

Afghanistan Wins 2013 FIFA Fair Play Award

Afghanistan Wins  2013 FIFA Fair Play Award

January 15, 2014

ZURICH - Afghanistan's Football Federation won the 2013 FIFA Fair Play award at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday, after hosting their first international match at home ...

MPs Question Election Security Report Accuracy

MPs Question Election  Security Report Accuracy

January 15, 2014

KABUL - Lawmakers in the Lower House of the parliament (Wolesi Jirga) from Jawzjan, Logar, Faryab, Nuristan and Nangarhar provinces said Tuesday that the recent security report submitted ...

Transparent Elections Guarantees World Longstanding Cooperation: UNAMA

Transparent Elections Guarantees World Longstanding Cooperation: UNAMA

January 15, 2014

Kabul - Officials of the United National Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAM) have pronounced 2014 presidential and provincial councils’ elections a destiny making process to the ...

Kankour and Popularity of Public Universities

Kankour and Popularity of Public Universities

January 14, 2014

Some students who participated in annual nationwide entrance exam (Kankour) complained about the way it was held. Cold weather, insufficient time and lack of ...

Hekmatyar Calls on Party Members to Take Part in Elections

Hekmatyar Calls on Party Members to Take Part in Elections

January 14, 2014

KABUL - The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in a surprise move asked his party members to participate in the upcoming presidential elections ...

MPs Condemn Hunting Rare Birds by Arabs

MPs Condemn Hunting Rare Birds by Arabs

January 14, 2014

KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday strongly criticized hunting of endangered and rare birds, saying a number of Arab citizens had arrived in western Afghanistan to campaign for a ...

Govt. Awards AGMC License to Develop Copper Deposit

Govt. Awards AGMC License  to Develop Copper Deposit

January 14, 2014

BALKHAB - Afghan Gold & Minerals Company (AGMC) has won the license to develop a big copper deposit in the northwestern Afghanistan. The company was ...

Iran Extends Visas of 470 Afghan Refugees

Iran Extends  Visas of 470 Afghan Refugees

January 14, 2014

KABUL - Iran has extended work visas of 470 Afghan refugees staying in the neighboring country, an official said on Sunday. Refugee and Repatriation Ministry spokesman, Amanullah Jawad ...

US Never Saw Pakistan as an Ally, Writes Gates

US Never Saw  Pakistan as an Ally, Writes Gates

January 12, 2014

KABUL - Former US defense secretary Robert Gates says his country never considered consulting Pakistan before raiding the Osama bin Laden compound in the northwestern garrison town of ...

BSA Would Not to Be Signed Until Conditions are Met: ARG

BSA Would Not to Be Signed  Until Conditions are Met: ARG

January 12, 2014

KABUL - Deputy Spokesperson of Afghanistan presidential palace (ARG) said Saturday as long as Afghanistan conditions are not accepted, bilateral security agreements won’t be signed ...

ANSF to Provide Election Security: Officials

ANSF to Provide Election Security: Officials

January 12, 2014

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will provide security for the vast majority of polling stations in the upcoming presidential elections, an official ...

Provincial Council Law Approved

Provincial Council Law Approved

January 12, 2014

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved the provincial council law, but refused authorizing the bodies to oversee affairs of provincial government ...

Karzai Warns Against Drugging Children

Karzai Warns  Against Drugging Children

January 11, 2014

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday denounced drug addiction among children as contravention of Islamic teachings and basic human rights, calling for an end to the scourge ...

Karzai Unlikely to Sign Security Pact: Report

Karzai Unlikely  to Sign Security Pact: Report

January 11, 2014

KABUL - The US ambassador in Kabul James Cunningham has privately warned Washington that its efforts to persuade President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement are ...

US Fighting Against People it Trained: Aziz

US Fighting Against  People it Trained: Aziz

January 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD - The US-led war on terror has failed to achieve its objectives, creating more problems for countries in the region, a top Pakistani diplomat ...

SIGAR Warns of Looming Banking Crisis in Afghanistan

SIGAR Warns of  Looming Banking Crisis in Afghanistan

January 11, 2014

KABUL - In a recent report, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) discusses instability in the banking system in Afghanistan ...

WH Defends Biden against Gates Criticism

WH Defends Biden against Gates Criticism

January 09, 2014

WASHINGTON - The White House (WH) is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war ...

ANA Needs to be an Institution: Gen. Odierno

ANA Needs to be an  Institution: Gen. Odierno

January 09, 2014

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces have shown signs that they are capable enough of securing the country, a top Pentagon general said on Tuesday, stressing the need to develop ...

ANSA Seeks toEnsure Quality Petroleum Distribution

ANSA Seeks toEnsure  Quality Petroleum Distribution

January 09, 2014

KABUL - Just one third of Afghanistan's Needed Petroleum Supplies (ANSA) - about one million tones per year - are imported legally, an official from the Afghanistan National Standards Authority ...

U.S. Designates Taliban Leader Qari Saifullah Terrorist

U.S. Designates Taliban  Leader Qari Saifullah Terrorist

January 09, 2014

KABUL - The U.S. State Department declared Qari Saifullah, a Quetta-based Taliban leader, a specially designated global terrorist. The leader is a Taliban's shadow deputy governor ...

U.S. Wants BSA Signed within Weeks, Not Months

U.S. Wants BSA Signed  within Weeks, Not Months

January 08, 2014

KABUL - White House spokesman Jay Carney said that if Afghanistan wants U.S. troops to remain in-country beyond 2014, the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) should be signed within ...

Review Board Overstepped Mandate: Pentagon

Review Board Overstepped Mandate: Pentagon

January 08, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Review Board has overstepped its mandate by deciding to release a number of dangerous individuals who are legitimate threats, the Pentagon ...

Abdullah Raps Delay in Security Pact Signing

Abdullah Raps  Delay  in Security Pact Signing

January 08, 2014

KABUL - Leading presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday warned a delay in signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US and freeing dangerous prisoners without court ...

Parliament Summons Officials to Talk Violence against Women

Parliament Summons  Officials to Talk  Violence against Women

January 08, 2014

KABUL - Parliament's Women's Commission on Tuesday summoned the Ministers of Interior, Women's Affairs and Haj and Religious Affairs along with a number of law enforcement officials to discuss the ...

President Eyes Strong Army, Air Force

President Eyes Strong Army, Air Force

January 07, 2013

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has said the Afghan National Army (ANA) should be laced with modern arms, with a competent and well-equipped air force, to protect the country ...

HPC Lauds U.S., Pakistani, Saudi Peace Efforts

HPC Lauds U.S.,  Pakistani, Saudi  Peace  Efforts

January 07, 2013

KABUL - The High Peace Council (HPC) said on Monday that recent efforts undertaken by the U.S., Pakistan and Saudi Arabia could mark critical steps toward the restoration of longstanding peace in Afghanistan ...

Female Police Recruits to Reach 10,000 in 2014: MoI

Female Police Recruits to Reach 10,000 in 2014: MoI

January 07, 2013

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday announced that the strength of policewomen serving in the Afghan National Police (ANP) would reach 10,000 recruits in 2014, with additional plans to promote ...

Law Banning Smoking in Public Places Approved

Law Banning Smoking in Public Places Approved

January 07, 2013

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved a draft law banning smoking in public places and increasing the import duty on tobacco products ...