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Fate of elections will be decided in few days

Uncertainties dwarfing the high-stakes presidential elections will soon come to an end according to the latest pompous promises by the electoral complaints commission which vowed Saturday to resolve the long drawn-out disputes and wipe the slate clean about the controversial ballots and recounts as soon as this week. The election authority said the fate of [...]

By |2020-02-02T07:34:40+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Khalilzad in Kabul to consult Afghan leaders on Taliban talks

The US special envoy leading negotiations with the Taliban met President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday, an official said, amid a push to reach an accord with the insurgents. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pointed to the status of quo of his meetings with the Taliban and Pakistani authorities. “We are [...]

By |2020-02-02T06:58:12+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Coronavirus: First death outside China reported in Philippines

A man has died of the coronavirus in the Philippines in the virus's first confirmed fatality outside China. The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, in Hubei province, where the virus was first detected. He appeared to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines, the World Health Organization said. More than 300 [...]

By |2020-02-02T06:49:52+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Residents: Airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi, Kunduz ‘Killed Civilians’

Earlier Friday morning spokespeople from US forces reported an airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi that "killed three Taliban fighters and destroyed a small weapons cache," and later said: “We are aware of the reports of civilian casualties reported to have occurred in Dasht-e-Archi district or Imam Sahib district, Kunduz Province, on Jan. 30. We are looking into [...]

By |2020-02-01T07:08:01+00:00February 1st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

US Envoy Khalilzad in Pakistan as Kabul Insists on Ceasefire

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad "to discuss efforts for peace in Afghanistan," Dawn News reported.  According to Pakistani media, at the meeting Qureshi said that the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban will pave the way for intra-Afghan [...]

By |2020-02-01T07:05:02+00:00February 1st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Britain Leaves The European Union, Leaps Into The Unknown

The U.K.’s departure became official at 11 p.m. (2300GMT), midnight in Brussels, where the EU is headquartered. Thousands of enthusiastic Brexit supporters gathered outside Britain’s Parliament to welcome the moment they’d longed for since Britain’s 52%-48% vote in June 2016 to walk away from the club it had joined in 1973. The flag-waving crowd erupted [...]

By |2020-02-01T06:50:02+00:00February 1st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

US says it has recovered two bodies from plane crashed in Ghazni

U.S. Forces recovered the remains of two personnel from the site where a U.S. Bombardier E-11A aircraft crashed in Ghazni province on January 27, said U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in a statement. According to the statement, the force also recovered what is assessed to be the aircraft flight data recorder. The cause of the crash [...]

By |2020-01-30T08:05:42+00:00January 30th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Ghani cancels peace council budget

Government has purportedly canceled the budget of the High Peace Council in the wake of President Ghani’s establishing of state ministry for peace to steer peace affairs. Some councilmembers are blasting at the budget cancellation arguing that the council is facing a lack of facilities and budget and non-reimbursements for employees. Councilmember Shahla Farid made [...]

By |2020-01-29T10:27:49+00:00January 29th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Detention Of Ethnic Pashtun Activist Triggers Protests In Pakistan, Afghanistan

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Pakistani and Afghan cities and towns to voice anger over the detention of an ethnic Pashtun rights activist in Pakistan. Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of a civic rights group that has criticized the Pakistani military's operations in the northwestern tribal regions, was detained in the city of Peshawar, and [...]

By |2020-01-29T09:55:15+00:00January 29th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

U.S. Forces Recover Two Bodies From Plane Crash Site In Afghanistan

Helicopter-borne U.S. forces have recovered the remains of two personnel killed when a military communications aircraft went down in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan's Ghazni Province, the Pentagon has confirmed. The Bombardier E-11A, used for military communications, went down in a snowy part of eastern Afghanistan on January 27. A Pentagon statement on January 28 [...]

By |2020-01-29T09:40:59+00:00January 29th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

European Union warns of cutting aid to Afghanistan

The European Union has warned to stop donations to Afghanistan if Ghani’s administration was not serious in battling with corruption. The EU representative in Afghanistan wrote Monday on Twitter that Kabul was not doing enough in counter-corruption as the country was listed as the most corrupt states. The Transparency International’s report on the Corruption Perceptions [...]

By |2020-01-28T09:34:23+00:00January 28th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Afghanistan ready to take action to combat the spread of Coronavirus

The ministry of public health assures people of fully readiness in prevention of the Coronavirus that takes victims in China, the country it was found for the first time. Health Minister, Firozuddin Firzo, said Saturday that they had meetings with officials from World Health Organization to ask for help regarding prevention of the virus and [...]

By |2020-01-26T06:04:08+00:00January 26th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Ghani melting under criticism for remarks on Karzai, Abdullah

President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks about his predecessor Hamid Karzai and his rival in presidential race Abdullah Abdullah for not boasting any conclusive plans for Afghanistan and the peace process has set off a flurry of criticism in Kabul. In an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the President [...]

By |2020-01-25T13:46:51+00:00January 25th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Hullabaloo simmers after House passes next year’s budget bill

Afghan parliament on Wednesday passed the budget bill for the next year, igniting a firestorm of criticism and charges that the bill is drastically unbalanced and obscures need-based apportionment of funds and development projects to underprivileged provinces. Despite government attempts to clean up its finances for next year, several disgruntled lawmakers hauled some of their [...]

By |2020-01-22T21:42:18+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Afghanistan imports $7.5m fuel from Kazakhstan

Afghanistan purchased 14,000 tons for $7.5 million from Kazakhstan from January to November 2019, says a media report. AKI Press reported the central Asian country earned $21.6 million from petroleum exports during the 11-month period. Kazakhstan exported 42,700 tonnes of gasoline — up from 15,400 tonnes worth $7.4 million in 2018. The country sold 23,600 [...]

By |2020-01-22T09:57:17+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Americans consulting on Taliban’s reduction in violence plan, says former Taliban official

The US officials are consulting on a plan offered by Taliban in which the insurgents have vowed to reduce violence in big cities of Afghanistan, despite rejecting US ceasefire demand, said Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, ambassador to Pakistan in Taliban’s government. Meanwhile, the government of Afghanistan emphasizes on the ceasefire, rejecting any other schemes as [...]

By |2020-01-21T14:08:45+00:00January 21st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Abdullah ups the ante on new peace ministry

In reaction to recent statements of the state ministry for peace about ceasefire and violence reduction, the incumbent chief executive Dr. Abdullah said Monday that peace can never be monopolized by a single agency. Abdullah who was addressing a meeting of Council of Ministers said that the government of Afghanistan supports the peace process, but [...]

By |2020-01-21T13:34:39+00:00January 21st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Karzai urges govt against tough preconditions ahead of talks

Former President, Hamid Karzai called on the government not to insist on the ceasefire as a precondition for intra-Afghan talks. In an interview with the BBC Pashto, the former president emphasized that any way leading Afghans to peace should be put in the act. Karzai rejected the government’s urge for a ceasefire if the demand [...]

By |2020-01-20T06:06:57+00:00January 20th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

‘No sustainable peace sans ceasefire’

The government of Afghanistan has once again reiterated its stance of the ceasefire in the peace talks and termed it an important constituent to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks for reaching a sustainable peace in the war-hit country. Briefing newsmen on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi said that without a truce no durable peace achievable. “Efforts [...]

By |2020-01-20T05:58:09+00:00January 20th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Army weapons sold to Taliban in Farah, claims parliament delegation

A delegation appointed by the parliament to assess security forces’ condition in the western province of Farah, reports that weapons, equipment and vehicles belonged to army and police are sold to Taliban militants. The delegation said in parliament’s Saturday session that provincial administration and security forces were facing problems in Farah. Abdul Sattar Hossaini, head [...]

By |2020-01-19T07:00:06+00:00January 19th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

‘The War Will End When the U.S. Withdraws,’ Says Taliban’s Chief Negotiator

After the terror attacks of 9/11, the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Nearly two decades later, the Taliban is resurgent, and the United States is trying to negotiate an end to war with the very group it sought to destroy. The Taliban’s terms for [...]

By |2020-01-19T06:20:55+00:00January 19th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

China-Afghanistan inaugurates first transit trade

Afghanistan and China has inaugurated the Gwadar Seaport which is located in the Karachi state of Pakistan and has been considered as the first transit trade between the two countries. The inauguration was welcomed with the arrival of the first transit trade ship from China. Based on the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, the goods would [...]

By |2020-01-18T07:25:18+00:00January 18th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Chinese birth rate falls to lowest in seven decades

China's birth rate has fallen to its lowest since the formation of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago - despite the easing of the much-criticized one-child policy. The birth rate was 10.48 per 1,000 in 2019 - the lowest since 1949, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The number of babies born in [...]

By |2020-01-18T07:20:16+00:00January 18th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

New Chinese virus ‘will have infected hundreds

The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been 45 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700. Two people are known to have died from the virus, [...]

By |2020-01-18T07:11:31+00:00January 18th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

House suspends MoIC budget, disqualifies minister

Afghan lawmakers on their Monday session have suspended the annual budget of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC). The decision taken after MoIC Acting Minister, Ajmal Ahmadi did not appear before the parliament—a move according to the MPs, has disgraced the house of the people and faced ineligibility. Ahmadi was summoned by 131 votes [...]

By |2020-01-14T06:37:45+00:00January 14th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Ghani administration accused of ethnic bias

Incumbent president Ashraf Ghani’s administration has come under criticism for systematic favoritism in high-ranking appointments to Ghani’s own ethnic group. Appointments in diplomatic missions appear to favor those close to the president under the aegis of reforms and given the appearance of ethnic diversity. The accusation has been leveled by a Chief Executive Abdullah’s aide [...]

By |2020-01-14T06:29:33+00:00January 14th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

US reverses China ‘currency manipulator’ label

The US has reversed its decision to brand China a currency manipulator as the two countries prepare to wind down their trade war. The US said it made the change because China had agreed to refrain from devaluing its currency to make its own goods cheaper for foreign buyers. Washington and Beijing are expected to [...]

By |2020-01-14T06:15:06+00:00January 14th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Iran plane downing: Canadian PM promises ‘justice’ at memorial

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will seek "justice" for those killed on board a Ukrainian passenger plane downed by Iran. Mr Trudeau spoke in Edmonton, Alberta at a vigil for the 57 Canadians killed in the disaster. The PM promised to pursue answers from Iran, which admitted its military shot down the [...]

By |2020-01-13T05:31:42+00:00January 13th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

“Afghanistan needs truce rather than pseudo violence reduction”

A ceasefire is the Afghan government’s plan to start the talks with the Taliban, said presidential spokesman said on Sunday. Sediq Sediqqi said that reduction of violence does not have any accurate meaning in legal and military terms. It is not practical, Sediqqi said, referring to the violence reduction that so far remained unabated. “When [...]

By |2020-01-13T05:25:32+00:00January 13th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Mashal resigns as Afghan ambassador to Islamabad

Shokrullah Atef Mashal, Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan has resigned, a source in the presidential palace said. The source who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Kabul News broadcaster on Sunday that Mashal offered his resignation letter to President Ghani and the president agreed with the resignation. The reason of resign was apparently that [...]

By |2020-01-13T05:21:03+00:00January 13th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments