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 Secret Afghan Talks Frustrate US Officials


WASHINGTON: Reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret peace talks with Taliban officials led to high-level meetings in Washington Tuesday. U.S. officials are again calling on the Afghan leader to sign an agreement to allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond this year....

 NATO Chief: Afghanistan Will Sign New Security Deal


WASHINGTON: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the head of NATO, said he expects the Afghan government will soon agree to a new security deal on the engagement of foreign troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a deal before his country's April 5 presidential election, and ...

 Obama Weighs All Afghanistan Options in Meeting Generals


The Obama administration is considering its options to withdraw some or all U.S. forces from Afghanistan as time runs out for a new security agreement, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. “They’re planning for all options,” Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said after a ...

 Candidates Present Platforms on First Campaign Day


Presidential campaigns officially kicked off on Sunday, ushering in the final stage ahead of the historic elections set for April. The candidates rolled out their platforms on the first day after much has been said in the media about the need for the contenders to focus on substantive policy issues ...

 Afghan and English football families team up to boost football in Afghanistan


The English Football Association will provide comprehensive support to Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League, after an agreement was reached between the two sides to establish a partnership between the Afghan and English football families. The Afghan and British football official...

 U.S. has ‘failed’ narcotics fight in Afghanistan, says inspector general


Despite spending $10 billion in reconstruction money fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, the U.S. has “failed,” the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “If you look at production, if you look at cultivation, if you look at br...

 Candidates Make Unrealistic Promises: MPs, Activists


A number Afghan MPs and civil society activists on Monday responded to the campaign announcements of the Presidential candidates that came the day before. They said the Presidential hopefuls' promises were unrealistic and vague. The 11 Presidential candidates were asked to share their platforms with...

 Sao Paulo Biggest Water-Supply System May Run Dry Within 45 Days


The system that provides half the drinking water to South America’s largest city, Sao Paulo, will run dry in 45 days if there’s no rain, amid the biggest drought on record.The Cantareira water system, which supplies 10 million people in the region, is at less than a quarter of capacity, Francisco La...

 Rivers run dry as claims of illegality surround Romania's hydropower boom


Green tariffs are driving development in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, but with ecological and legal consequencesDeep into the wilderness of Romania's Southern Carpathian Mountains, Bogdan Binescu, an avid angler and environmental campaigner, stops by the white waters of a mountain stream. "Thi...

 Dignity, not charity


ONE problem with our poverty alleviation strategies is that they benefit the givers more than the recipients. Yet another problem is that they generally involve doling out in public view money to the underprivileged which is demeaning and robs them of their dignity.The government itself has reduced ...

  Afghan Song Contest Aims To Get Voters In The Groove


Looking to prove that democracy is cool, a music contest in Afghanistan is giving the country's citizens a voice. "2014 Election Anthem" offer participants the opportunity to rock, rap, or chant about what the April 5 poll means to them. The music promoters Argus and Sound Central are offering a luc...

 Heat-related deaths will rise 257% by 2050 because of climate change


Number of heat-related deaths projected to increase in UK as temperature rise, with elderly people most at riskDeaths as a result of hot weather are to soar over the next four decades as a result of climate change, researchers have predicted.The number of annual deaths in the UK that occurs as a res...

 That sinking feeling: The glacier which may have sunk the Titanic is now moving at record speeds


The Greenland glacier that was thought to have been responsible for the sinking of the Titanic is moving four times faster into the sea than it was in 1960s and its instability could result in it moving at 10 times the speed by the end of the century, a study has found. The Jakobshavn Glacier in the...

 Flooded British villages ignite climate debate


THORNEY, England: As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons watch and wonder: How much can you fight the sea?Here on the Somerset Levels — a marshy, low-ly...

 How the U.S. Exports Global Warming


While Obama talks of putting America on the path to a clean, green future, we're flooding world markets with cheap, high carbon fuelsThe greening of American energy is both real and profound. Since President Obama took office, the nation's solar capacity has increased more than tenfold. Wind power h...

 Taking on the Taliban


The army is restless as Islamabad tries to reconcile militants Pakistan is talking to the Taliban from a position of weakness. The latest offer for talks extended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the third in the last two months, as the previous ones carried no weight with the militants. Moreover, ...

 A look at some leading candidates for Afghanistan's presidency


Some of the leading contenders in Afghanistan's presidential electionABDULLAH ABDULLAH: Having gained 31 percent of the vote as runner-up to Hamid Karzai in the disputed 2009 elections, Abdullah has an advantage in name recognition and political organization. He was a close aide to the late Ahmad Sh...

 Presidential race a pivotal test for Afghanistan


The April 5 vote is expected to be a historic moment for Afghanistan, its outcome seen as make-or-break for the country’s future and key to the level of foreign involvement after nearly 13 years of war. KABUL, Afghanistan: The posters are printed. The rallies are organized. A televised debate is pla...

 Afghan election campaign stirs both violence and hope


KABUL: Presidential candidates in Afghanistan begin two months of campaigning on Sunday for an election that Western allies hope will consolidate fragile stability as their forces prepare to leave after nearly 13 years of inconclusive war. The Taliban have rejected the April 5 election and have alre...

 Election Awareness Campaign Delicate in Ghazni


Representatives from Ghazni Provincial Council and civil society institutions have raised their voice over the sluggish process of public awareness campaigns in the 2014 presidential elections. Local officials accuse the election commission of holding awareness programs in the province too late. The...


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