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Afghan Taliban Offer Security for Copper, Gas Projects

KABUL, Nov 29  – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay. The Taliban have been behind much of the violence over the last

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Kabul Police Raid Shisha Cafes in “Debauchery” Crackdown

KABUL, Nov 27  – Afghan police and health officials raided cafes and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia in a campaign to halt “debauchery and vulgarity”. Critics say the campaign will only distract police from the Afghan capital’s deteriorating security situation, while doing little to change the pervasive smoking culture

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Intelligence Gaps May Have Helped Afghan Taliban Breach NATO Fortress

By Mirwais Harooni and Qiamuddin Shams BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Nov 24  – In the year before Qari Naib blew himself up on Nov. 12 inside a NATO base near Kabul killing four Americans, Afghan intelligence warned the U.S. military at least twice that a worker could be planning an attack, government and security officials said. The

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UN Food Agency Appeals for $152 Mln in Aid for Afghan Refugees

KABUL, Nov 13  – The United Nations on Sunday appealed for $152 million to provide shelter, sanitation and food for a huge influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan. Pakistan has stepped up the pressure for its 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees to return home, citing security concerns. Refugees and others see Islamabad as

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Afghan Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Halt Confidence Votes

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Nov 13  – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have urged parliament to halt confidence votes against ministers, fearing further dismissals could rock an already fragile Western-backed government, lawmakers said on Sunday. In a bold move on Saturday parliament dismissed three cabinet ministers, including the minister of foreign

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Afghan’s New Anti-Graft Court Hears First Cases in Kabul

By Randy Fabi and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 12 – Afghanistan’s new anti-corruption court heard its first cases on Saturday, a small step forward in President Ashraf Ghani’s efforts to combat graft at the highest levels of government. The Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Centre was created by Ghani’s administration in June to bolster the legal system’s

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Afghan Parliament Sacks Three Ministers Including that of Foreign Affairs

KABUL, Nov 12 – The Afghan parliament sacked the minister of foreign affairs and two of his cabinet colleagues on Saturday citing poor performance, in a sweeping move that underlined the fragility of President Ashraf Ghani’s struggling government. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh and Social Services Minister Nasreen Oryakhel all failed

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Taliban Claim Deadly Attack on German Consulate in Afghanistan

By Abdul Matin and Sabine Siebold MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan/BERLIN, Nov 11 – A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least four civilians and wounding scores, officials said. A NATO spokesman said the explosion had

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