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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Barack Obama hails signing of pact to keep US troops in Afghanistan

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 03:58am by Reuters, AP, GUARDIAN

    ... years. The long-awaited deal comes after former Afghan president Hamid Karzai refused to sign the agreement, straining ties between the two nations. Obama said the deal marked a "historic ... as well as training, advising and assisting Afghan national security forces, which now number 350,000. A second agreement allowing Nato troops to stay in the country was also signed at a ceremony ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1604982/barack-obama-hails-signing-pact-keep-us-troops-afghanistan
  2. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    New Afghan president Ashraf Ghani urges Taliban to join peace efforts

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 11:13pm by AFP

    ... to national stability, having launched several new offensives in recent months. "We ask opponents of the government, specially the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami [another militant group], to enter ... of crisis that fuelled the insurgency and worsened the country's dire economic outlook. Under heavy pressure from the United States and United Nations, the two candidates eventually agreed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1604144/new-afghan-president-ashraf-ghani-urges-taliban-join-peace-efforts
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan poll rivals seal power-sharing deal

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 05:09am by AP

    ... the withdrawal of US and foreign troops. The incoming president- Ashraf Ghani- and Abdullah Abdullah signed the national unity government deal as President Hamid Karzai- in power since the 2001 US-led ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597476/afghanistan-poll-rivals-seal-power-sharing-deal
  4. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Deal between Afghan presidential candidates close after 'breakthrough'

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... by the outcome of an audit of all eight million ballot papers and to then form a national unity government together. But Abdullah later abandoned the audit, saying it was failing to clean out fraud. Only ... and is barred under the nation's constitution from standing for a third term in office. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593989/deal-between-afghan-presidential-candidates-close-after-breakthrough
  5. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul declares war on dogs

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... Sharifi, a dentist, told how she had befriended a stray dog that had six puppies near her workplace but one day discovered them all being poisoned. "The workers laughed at me as I held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584529/kabul-declares-war-dogs
  6. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan election in crisis as candidate Abdullah Abdullah pulls out of audit

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 05:06pm by AFP

    ... the charge. After Abdullah’s team issued its withdrawal threat on Tuesday, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan underlined that both campaign teams were consulted on the audit and have “joint ... a “interim administration” to take power. Western nations which have sent troops and billions of dollars worth of aid to Afghanistan since 2001 still hope that a credible election will be a flagship ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581143/afghan-election-crisis-candidate-abdullah-abdullah-pulls-out-audit
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Feuding presidential candidates to form unity government in Afghanistan

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 07:16am by AFP

    ... Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates yesterday signed a deal to form a national unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over a fraud-tainted election threatening ... have taken another step forward in the interests of strengthening national unity... and also to bring hope for a better future for the people of Afghanistan," Abdullah said, standing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1569658/feuding-presidential-candidates-form-unity-government-afghanistan
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Kerry in Kabul to seek resolution of Afghan election dispute

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 01:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... and have the winner installed by the end of this month. Allegations of massive fraud in Afghanistan’s June vote have tipped the country into a political crisis, with the United Nations voicing ... Abdullah agreed to an audit of all eight million ballots, and for the winner to form a national unity government. But the deal soon faltered due to further disagreements between the candidates, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569086/kerry-kabul-seek-resolution-afghan-election-dispute
  9. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    UN reports soaring civilian casualties in Afghanistan as violence deepens

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... in Afghanistan is changing in 2014 with an escalation of ground engagements in civilian-populated areas," warned Jan Kubis, the United Nations mission chief in Afghanistan. "The impact on civilians, including the most vulnerable Afghans, is proving to be devastating." In the first six months of this year, the mission documented 4,853 civilian casualties- up 24 percent over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550552/un-reports-soaring-civilian-casualties-afghanistan-violence-deepens
  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul insider attack

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:39pm by AFP

    ... National Defence University, a sprawling training complex on the outskirts of the capital. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Major General Harold J. Greene’s family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events,” said US army chief General Ray Odierno. A US official said that around 15 people were injured, including eight Americans. The nationalities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567701/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-kabul-insider-attack

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