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Logar Residents Rally Against Governor
KABUL - A number of residents of central Logar province rallied in Kabul against the governor on Tuesday, accusing the provincial chief executive of corruption. However, Governor Attiqullah Lodin said the protesters had "personal and regional" problems with him and were involved in grabbing state land. More than 100 protesters,....
Mullen Cites Pakistani Cooperation in Afghanistan
KABUL - Cooperation between U.S. and Pakistani soldiers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is better than it has ever been, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters traveling with him to Afghanistan and Pakistan that the Pakistani military knows the threat the Haqqani network poses in Afghanistan, but that their first focus is on the Pakistani Taliban that ...
Taliban Attack Defense Ministry
KABUL - Some suicide attackers, wearing military uniforms, sneaked into the defense ministry building in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital city, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding seven others, an official said on Monday.
One of the attackers in a military uniform blew himself up and killed two Afghan soldiers and ...
Afghan Mines Conference to Open in London
KABUL - A big conference on Afghan mines is due to open this year in London that will be attended by key investors of the world, mines officials said.
Officials said the conference due on June this year will focus on four huge mines, including fuel, lithium, gold and copper.
"Afghan government in cooperation with Britain will call in a huge conference on...
Agreement Reached with IMF on Kabul Bank: Zakhilwal
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on majority of contentious issues, with only a few irritants left to seal the deal, Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Monday.
"We had substantial, result-oriented and comprehensive discussions with IMF and the World Bank," Zakhilwal told Pajhwok Afghan News...
Thinley Meets Vice Presidents, Discusses Ties
KABUL - Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, met with President Hamid Karzai and his two deputies for talks over bilateral relations, a presidential statement said on Monday.
Thinley, who is also chairman of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the year, stressed the need for improved...
Iran Sets March 2012 for Parliamentary Election
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's official news agency says parliamentary elections have been set for next March. The report Sunday by IRNA quotes Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as saying the voting will take place March 2, 2012.
Plans for the election could be a springboard for protests by Iran's opposition after
Operator Airs Plan to Control Japan Nuclear Crisis
TOKYO – The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant laid out a blueprint Sunday for stopping radiation leaks and stabilizing damaged reactors within the next six to nine months as a first step toward allowing some of the tens of thousands of evacuees to return to the area.
While the government said the timeframe was realistic, those forced to flee their homes, jobs and farms were frustrated that their exile is not going
Turkish Investors to Invest in Afghan Mines
KABUL - Turkish investors have shown interest to invest in Afghan mines, mines minister said on Sunday.
More than 25 Turkish investors are presently in Kabul looking into ways to invest in mines in particular in copper deposits and oil fields.
Turkey is one of the biggest industrial countries and has long cooperated with the Afghan government to build fundamentals and improve social life.
Jirga Draws Mixed Reaction from Senators
KABUL - Some Upper House members on Sunday said convening a traditional Jirga to decide on a key national issue was against the constitution, but others insisted the president had the right to consult elders on key questions.
President Hamid Karzai on Monday (April 11) said his government would convene a Loya Jirga in two to three months to take a decision on signing an agreement on strategic relations with the US.
"The US presented a draft document (on strategic partnership) two weeks ago and the document is
French DM to Meet Troops, Authorities in Afghanistan
PARIS - French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet has flown to Afghanistan on a previously unannounced visit to meet with his nation's troops and Afghan leaders.
The Defence Ministry announced his arrival in Afghanistan on Sunday, saying he was visiting a military hospital and a detachment of French helicopters. He is to meet with French soldiers at
Rasoul Off to Berlin for NATO Ministerial Meeting
KABUL - Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Wednesday left for Germany to attend a three-day NATO ministerial meeting in Berlin, the foreign ministry in Kabul said.
Foreign ministers from NATO and partner countries will meet in the German
Pakistan PM Due in Kabul on Saturday
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is to pay a one-day visit to Kabul on Saturday, officials said on Wednesday. Gilani would hold wide-ranging talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's House, Zafaryab Khan, told reporters.
Karzai Allowed Reintroducing Rejected Nominees
KABUL- A majority of Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday agreed to amend rules of business to allow President Hamid Karzai to reintroduce rejected ministers-designate for a vote of confidence.
Since his reelection in the 2009 presidential vote, Karzai had introduced his picks for the 25-minister Cabinet in three phases, but only 19
Afghan Forces Ready for Security Transition: Azimi
KABUL - Afghan forces were ready to take over the security responsibility from foreign troops if the international community honored its commitments to the Afghan government, a senior defense official said on Wednesday.
The proposed transition would be irreversible because Afghan forces were capable of
U.S. Aims to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan By 2015
WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to regulate Afghanistan's security and development issues even after halting its combat mission in 2015, a U.S. official said here on Wednesday.
Robert Blake, the assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, said
Presidents of Pakistan, Turkey Support Efforts to End Afghan War
ANKARA - The presidents of Turkey and Pakistan said Wednesday they would support initiatives designed to end the war in Afghanistan, but they declined to confirm that a plan is under way to open a political office for Taliban in Turkey to promote peace