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Kidnappings Harming Business in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Shour Niazi says the armed men who abducted him wore the uniforms of the National Security Directorate, the domestic intelligence agency. After hustling him into a waiting vehicle, the local businessman said his kidnappers placed a black

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US Congress backs payroll tax cut

The US Congress has voted in favour of extending a payroll tax cut until the end of 2012, ending months of debate. The bill now moves on to President Barack Obama, who has promised to sign it into law. The

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Fake US bonds worth trillions seized

The BBC’s Alan Johnson: “Their ambitions were on an international scale” Italian prosecutors say they have broken up an organised crime ring that was hiding trillions of dollars of fake US bonds. Worth $6 trillion, the bonds were found in

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Hakim Naser Khusraw Balkhi

The great and well-known lsmaili Dai (Missionary) Hakim Nasir Khusraw was the celebrated medieval erudite poet, philosopher, traveler and Hujjat of Khurasan. Nasir Khusraw was one of the most important figures of eleventh century Iran, an era which has produced

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UK and France sign nuclear energy agreement

The UK has signed a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy. The government said it reiterated the UK’s commitment to nuclear energy “as part of a diversified energy mix”. The coalition said the

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Manchester United 2-0 Victory Against Ajax

Manchester United sealed the victory against the Dutch team and made their way to the Europa League last-32 tie. United spiced up the match in the second half with Ashley Young putting the team ahead with a drilled finish. Javier

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