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As many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents are battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province near the capital Kabul, local officials said on Tuesday, in a test of the Afghan military's strength as foreign forces pull out of the country.
Ghani casts doubt on Afghan power-sharing deal (13.08.2014)
Speaking to a group of foreign reporters … Ghani said: "Dual authority is not possible," adding, "The position of the chief executive will solely depend on the discretion of the president."
According to the terms of the deal, the president will "appoint" the "chief executive officer" from the losing camp. Two years after the creation of this position, it will be transformed to that of a prime minister. As this plan violates the country's constitution, the government will have to...
US general shot dead by Afghan soldier (06.08.2014)
The Afghan soldier was himself killed after he opened fire during a high-level visit by NATO officers on Tuesday to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University … Among the wounded were a German brigadier general, two Afghan generals and an Afghan officer.
The audit of all 8 million votes in the June 14 presidential runoff was halted last month amid technical disagreements between the quarreling candidates.
The process to check thousands of ballot boxes in the Afghan presidential election run-off is now underway after several delays, the United Nations mission in the country confirmed, calling for local commitment to complete the audit without any more postponements.
The physical audit of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election is due to resume tomorrow, the United Nations today confirmed after a meeting with Afghan electoral commission officials. … The audit, which is being carried out under the authority of the IEC, with the close and...
The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has hailed the efforts by the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) to start the implementation of an audit plan to help resolve concerns over the results of the presidential run-off poll.
Kyrgyzstan: Civil rights in reverse gear (14.07.2014)
What explains the gradual rollback of civil rights and NGO activity in Kyrgyzstan? According to Timur Toktonaliev, Bishkek has introduced Russian-inspired legislation that equates calls for basic rights with holding suspicious pro-Western views.
Ground combat taking ‘devastating’ civilian toll, says UN, reporting sharp rise in casualties (09.07.2014)
The nature of the Afghan conflict has added yet another grim dimension as ground combat among the warring parties surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the leading cause of conflict-related death and injury to Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2014, the United Nations reported...