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 Taliban Attack Abdullah's Campaign Motorcade


Leading Afghan Presidential Candidate Escapes UnharmedKABUL: A leading Afghan presidential candidate escaped a Taliban attack Wednesday when his motorcade came under fire, underscoring the perils of the country's historic political transition. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah was returning ...

 India supports Afghan policewomen


While women’s rights and their role in civic society are under scrutiny in Afghanistan, India’s top policewomen Director General (rtd.) Kanchan Choudhry and Special Director General (rtd.) Manjari Jaruhar visits their newly appointed Afghan counterpart, Colonel Jamila Bayaz, in Kabul to offer suppor...

 ‘Taliban Night Letters’ Want Public Boycott Elections


The Taliban have clandestinely distributed Shabnamah—an unsigned leaflet containing threats—in northern Baghlan, demanding the people not to participate in the elections. The pamphlets distributed by the armed oppositions have described the Afghan Police and Army as hirelings, provoking the anger of...

 Saving Dying Lake Is Priority for Iranian Leader


The first cabinet decision made under Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, wasn't about how to resolve his country's nuclear dispute with world powers. It was about how to keep the nation's largest lake from disappearing.Lake Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more th...

 Indian schools switch over to solar power


ANANTHAGIRI HILLS, India : Tenth grade exams are a couple of months off, and Gennu Labudu, a science teacher at Penakota village school in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state, is expecting his class to do exceptionally well this time. Thanks to a solar photovoltaic (PV) mini-plant that produces an...

 Pakistan opens the tap on hydropower projects


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Faced with a chronic power shortage that is stymieing economic growth, Pakistan has announced plans to tap some of the enormous potential for hydropower in the country’s north. The government aims to add 13,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid system through a ...

 MoFA Hopeful for BSA Signing


Despite the challenges facing the Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), Minister of Foreign Affairs Zarar Ahmad Usmani expressed optimism for a positive outcome from negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. Usmani reemphasized that the fate of the BSA came down to whether or not...

 Afghan ghost towns a symbol of lost hope


ALICEGHAN, Afghanistan: Aliceghan was supposed to be a haven for war-torn Afghanistan’s returning refugees and a symbol of resurgence after the dark years of the Taliban. Six years on, it has come to highlight the myriad obstacles facing development projects in the country and an exodus of residents...

 Turkmenistan: The Achilles Heel Of Central Asian Security


Central Asian governments are already on heightened alert over the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. This sense of alarm is almost certain to increase in coming months. But in Turkmenistan there does not seem to be the same concern heard in the neighboring Central Asian states. Ashgabat...

 Soviet-Era Journalist, Face Of Afghan War, Looks Back On Pullout


When the Soviet Union withdrew its forces from Afghanistan 25 years ago after a bloody and protracted war, Mikhail Leshchinsky was one of the last people out. Leshchinsky wasn't a soldier. A reporter for Soviet television, he was dispatched to Afghanistan in 1985, shortly after Mikhail Gorbachev cam...

 Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Debate Corruption, Peace, Women's Rights


Afghan presidential hopefuls in a televised debate ahead of the April vote have pledged to tackle widespread corruption and hold peace talks with the Taliban, also laying out their respective views on women's rights. During the first of two presidential debates this weekend sponsored jointly by stat...

 Analysis: Why would Afghanistan free prisoners that pose a threat to American forces?


At Bagram Airfield Thursday, the Afghan government freed 65 men accused of being dangerous insurgents. The U.S. military had intensely lobbied to keep the prisoners detained, arguing that the prisoners were directly tied to attacks killing or wounding 32 American or coalition personnel, and 23 Afgha...

 Afghan Insurgent Group to Join Presidential Election


ISLAMABAD: A key Afghan group fighting alongside the Taliban against NATO forces has announced it will formally participate in the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan. Some members of the Afghan insurgency are allegedly hiding in neighboring Pakistan. The announcement to participate in th...

 In Prison Release, Signs of Karzai’s Rift With U.S.


BAGRAM, Afghanistan: On Thursday at 9:10 a.m., the gates of the Bagram Prison swung open, and 65 men with long beards and new clothes walked out to freedom. The moment showed clearly just how thoroughly President Hamid Karzai had broken with the American military, here now 12 years. American officia...

 U.S. says freed Afghan prisoners are a threat to civilians, troops


Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners whom the U.S. linked to attacks on coalition forces and Afghan civilians. KABUL, Afghanistan: Over strong U.S. objections, Afghanistan on Thursday released 65 prisoners it has said it cannot prosecute despite American warnings that they could return to attacking coa...

 Karzai Says U.S. Must Respect Kabul's Sovereignty


Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the release of prisoners by Afghan authorities considered by the United States to pose a security threat was "of no concern" to Washington. Earlier on February 13, the Afghan government released 65 detainees, who the U.S. military had said should be tried in Afghan...

 Victims Of Soviet-Afghan War Live Forgotten In Pakistan Refugee Camp


PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Gathered with friends outside a tiny shop that sells little more than bags of sugar, tea, and simple candies, Sultan Gul says he would like to return someday to his native Afghanistan. But for Gul, what was supposed to be a temporary spell as a refugee escaping the Soviet-Afghan ...

 IEC Fears Candidates May Rig Elections


Presidential candidates will be brought to justice if they use their influence to get votes illegally, Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail warned on Monday. The comments come as election officials are looking to expedite the opening of the Electoral Complaints Commis...

 Afghan Candidates Worry About Vote-Rigging


One Leading Contender's Biggest Rival in April Election: 'Fraud'KABUL: Afghan presidential candidates and election experts are increasingly worried that the historic vote slated for April could be rigged, potentially destabilizing the country at a crucial moment as U.S.-led forces depart. "If you as...

 U.S. Angered By Afghan Release Of 65 Accused Militants


The United States says Afghanistan's decision to release 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison near Kabul is "deeply regrettable." The suspected militants were freed early on February 13 from Bagram prison, which was transferred under Afghan authority last year. "According to the informatio...


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