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Kidnapped German aid worker in Kabul released

A German aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan in August has been released safely, the German development agency GIZ said in a statement. “We are relieved and happy that our staff member is free again,” a statement from the organization said. No details were released regarding the kidnapping, which occurred in …

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Explosions hit Turkey capital, kill at least 95

Two explosions killed at least 95 people and injured nearly 300 of others in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday. The explosions occurred near a train station where people were gathering for a peace march to protest against the conflict between the state and Kurdish fighters in …

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UN condemns Taliban attack on Kunduz

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack on Kunduz city in a statement released on Tuesday. A statement released by the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, read: “The Secretary-General condemns the attack, claimed by the Taliban, on the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan today. Such attacks …

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Abdullah vows to implement goals of ‘Sustainable Development’ in Afghanistan

Afghan top official called the Sustainable Development Program efficient for Afghanistan, the region and the world in a long-term period and urged political commitment and revitalized partnership to achieve the goals. Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah emphasized for implementation of this program on Friday at the UN General Assembly Meeting …

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Deteriorating Security Situation in Afghanistan Arouses Concern: Putin

Russia is worried about the escalating security situation in Afghanistan and the lack of results from NATO’s extensive presence in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. “We are concerned about the situation in Afghanistan. International Security Assistance Force was in this country for a long time, and made some efforts, including the …

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Afghanistan, Mexico designated as major drug hubs

President Obama on Monday designated 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Burma and Mexico, as “major drug transit and/or major illicit drug producing countries.” The White House was careful to note that countries working to combat the drug trade can still wind up on the annual list because of a “combination of …

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US NSA discusses militant attacks based in Pakistan

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Pakistan’s prime minister on Sunday to press concerns over attacks launched by militants based in Pakistan, officials said. The visit to Islamabad, part of an Asian tour that included an earlier stop in China, comes amid uncertainty over whether the United States will …

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India rebuffs Afghanistan on strategic meet

India has driven back Kabul invitation to regain Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) in Kabul. The Hindu, an Indian newspaper writes, stung by Afghanistan’s security and strategic shift towards Pakistan in the past year, India has rebuffed another invitation from Kabul to revive the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) signed in 2011 …

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US puts brother of Haqqani network on terror list

The United States has named the brother of the head of the Haqqani Network a “specially designated global terrorist,” the State Department said Tuesday. Based in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network has close ties to Al-Qaeda and has been blamed for many of the most deadly attacks against US and government …

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US, Turkey to launch ‘comprehensive’ anti-ISIL operation

Turkey and the United States will soon launch “comprehensive” air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday. Detailed talks between Washington and Ankara on the plans were completed on Sunday and regional allies including Saudi …

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Google creates new parent company

Move to place businesses under new firm Alphabet to allow reporting of results of diversified operations separately. Google, the US technology company, is reorganising under a new moniker – Alphabet – in a move underscoring its founders’ ambitions to pursue ventures far beyond the company’s internet search core, from self-driving …

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Pakistani, Indian troops trade fire, killing 3 in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells along their disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian villager, officials said. Six civilians also were wounded by Indian fire in the Bajwat sector near Sialkot, a city …

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