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EU provides €125 million funding for Afghanistan to support reforms

The European Commission on Thursday announced €125 million funding for Afghanistan to support the government’s reform agenda towards sustainable economic development and state building. According to a statement released by the office of the European Union (EU) Special Representative in Afghanistan, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven …

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We continue to support Afghan people: India

  India has a consistent policy toward Afghanistan and will continue to support Afghan people to rebuild their capacities, officials in the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA) of India said. “We will continue to do what we have been doing in Afghanistan,” Jayant Prasad, the Director General of IDSA who …

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Pentagon asks Congress to limit Afghanistan trips

The Pentagon has asked Congress to limit official travel to Afghanistan during a new fighting season so helicopters and other support would be available for military use rather than to transport lawmakers, a senior military official said Friday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ashton …

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Obama departs for Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama is beginning a visit to Saudi Arabia at a time of strained relations between the US and Gulf countries. As well as meeting King Salman, he will sit with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is on the trip with him. …

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Ecuador quake toll at 272, ‘certain to rise’

The biggest earthquake in Ecuador in decades has killed 272 people — but that toll will ‘certainly’ rise even further, the president said as overwhelmed rescuers struggled to pull survivors out of the destruction. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck the small, oil-producing South American nation late Saturday, shattering hotels and homes …

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