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 Afghan election “a new chapter” for Afghanistan – UN Special Envoy


The top United Nations official in Afghanistan described the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections, slated for 5 April 2014, as “a new chapter in the life of the country,” involving not only a political transition but also a major step in developing the democratic system and bringin...

 Competition Begins to Select Members of Teens' Football Team in Kabul


A competition has launched to identify 30 youths to participate in a national football team for 16-year-olds in Kabul, officials said. These competitions are held with the presence of 64 teams in Ghazni stadium of Kabul, where teams play knockout games against each other, lasting for close to two mo...

 Polling Centers Once Threatened Now Expected to Open: MoIA


Most of the 390 polling centers previously expected to be closed on account of security threats during the upcoming elections are now expected to be open, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) said on Saturday. Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi held a press conference in Kabul on Saturday, and anno...

 Sayyaf Calls Disrespect to Mujahidin Disrespect to Nation


Speaking at a commemoration ceremony for the successful uprising that repelled the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, Presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf pronounced contempt for the Mujahidin an insult to the people of Afghanistan. "The defeat of the Red Army of the Soviet Uni...

 Government Starts Polio Vaccination Campaign in 14 Provinces


The government has launched a polio vaccination campaign in 14 border provinces that will reach nearly 4 million children, public health officials said recently. The campaigns launched in east, south, west, south-west, bordering and Kabul provinces. The vaccination drive will continue for three days...

 Ghosn Turns to Bhutan to Spur Nissan Electric Push After Denmark


Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s chief executive officer introduced the electric Leaf car to the Himalayan kingdom of 700,000 people, which measures progress by the gross national happiness index. While the model has failed to meet sales forecasts in other markets, Bhutan holds promise since it exports 72 ...

 Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop


Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Global prices for coffee, in particular, have been affected.Scientists in Brazil say the worst ...

 Storms 'have changed coastline forever'


London: The huge storms and powerful winds that have battered the coast of Britain in recent weeks have caused years' worth of erosion and damage, authorities said on Friday.On some stretches of coast, the extreme weather has stripped away sand from stretches of beaches to reveal ancient forests, le...

 Coffee shortage may arise due to drought, climate change, rising demand, analysts say


Don’t panic. But there could be a global coffee shortage.Usually, during this time of year, the delicate Arabica coffee plants in the mountains of Brazil, where most of the world’s coffee comes from, are maturing. White, fragrant flowers have appeared, followed by cherrylike fruit, each containing t...

 Indonesia risks losing up to 1,500 islands by 2050


By 2050, up to 1,500 Indonesian islands will be wiped off the map.By 2030, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which serves the capital and is about five kilometres from the seafront, will be under water.Capital Jakarta, with 40 per cent of its land below sea level and sinking, will see its northe...

 Rahul pledges Right to Health – my demand accepted


Today Rahul Gandhi pledged “Right to Health” in Congress rally at Dehradun. This is huge satisfaction for me because I have been campaigning for it for long and had raised this as the major demand before Rahul Gandhi when he organized interaction with Muslims about a month back.I had begun campaigni...

 Afghan Taliban repudiates hoped-for olive branch to government


KABUL: The Taliban said on Wednesday it had nothing to do with a recent meeting of former and current Taliban figures who appeared open to talks with the Afghan government, raising hope of a negotiated end to many years of bloodshed. In a statement emailed to media organizations, spokesman Zabihulla...

 Afghan notebook: Bomb-proof call centre


A group of telephonists are working in tightly packed rows of desks at a secret location in Kabul, taking calls from all around the country. A young woman in a headscarf asks the name and district of a caller. So far so unremarkable, but this is a call centre with a difference. "Sometimes we receive...

 How not to repeat the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON: Over the years, U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have paid close attention to the failed Soviet Union experience in that country as they developed their own campaign plans. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in order to prop up a friendly government. They withdrew in 1989 as the Sovie...

 Keeping Calm and Carrying On in Afghanistan


U.S.-Afghanistan relations plunged to a new low last week when the Afghan government released prisoners considered to be dangerous insurgents by the American military. Even prior to the releases, the relationship was fraught. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agr...

 China hopes to see united, stable, developing, amicable Afghanistan: FM


KABUL: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday that China hopes to see a united, stable, developing and amicable Afghanistan, adding that this is what China's policy targets at. Afghanistan is a major neighbor to China and a country of unique and important influence in the region, Wang s...

 Muslim Representation in Lok Sabha may hit all time low in 2014


In all probability it appears that BJP will end up winning more seats than it has ever done in the past. This alone is enough reason to conclude that the Muslim representation in Lok Sabha may hit an all time low in the coming elections.  Elections are still a few months away. There are possibilitie...

 'Windfalls of war': Companies with spotty records making billions off Afghanistan


The United States government has paid a company based in Switzerland more than $5 billion to feed the troops in Afghanistan and thanks to a succession of no-bid contract extensions, the company, Supreme Foodservice, overcharged American taxpayers as much as $757 million, officials say. The U.S. has ...

 The Wrong Debate Over Afghanistan


Before discussing troop levels, the Obama administration needs to figure out what U.S. Afghan policy is.After a year in which Afghanistan was largely buried in the middle of the newspapers and relegated to a few seconds on the major television networks, the war is once again re-entering the internat...

 Cover-up? Army historian says report on deadly Afghan battle was altered to absolve faulty gun


Survivors of bloody battle report M4 jams A former Army historian who chronicled the infamous Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. soldiers died after their M4 carbines jammed, tells The Washington Times that his official account was altered by higher-ups to absolve the weapons and senior...


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