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Chaos over the ownership of Lapis Minerals in Badakhshan finally ends

Two armed groups were fighting for three weeks in Keran Munjan district of Badakhshan over the control of Lapis-Lazuli in the district.  The war finally came to an end after the local security forces and members of Badakhshan High Peace

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Rabia Balkhi-The female pioneer in the New Persian Poetry

Known for her beauty and for being the female pioneer in the New Persian Poetry, Rabia Balkhi was born in a royal family and was a native of Balkh in Khorasan (which is now in Afghanistan). Her father, Ka’b al-Quzdari,

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Bollywood star ‘King Khan’s’ global appeal

Taufeeq, the owner of a DVD shop in Marrakesh’s Djemaa el-Fna square, still relishes the time when he saw his idol – Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan – in the flesh. He could not shake his hand or speak to

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People Ghoriyan district of Herat Province benefits from 14 welfare projects

Rural Rehabilitation Directorate of Ghoriyan district of Herat has announced the implementation of 14 welfare projects. These projects costing more than 27 million AFS are implemented through the National Solidarity Program budget with 10% contribution from the people of the

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US to convince NATO member countries to support Afghanistan after 2014

The US Government is trying to convince the NATO member countries to continue their aid to Afghanistan after 2014. President Obama’s team plans to complete this step prior to NATO summit in Chicago. “Nato is clearly committed to supporting Afghanistan

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Shah Rukh Khan banned from Mumbai stadium after row

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been banned from entering Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium for five years after a row with staff at an IPL cricket match. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Vilasrao Deshmukh said the actor’s behaviour had been “improper”.

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UK in landmark £50m pork deal with China

The UK has agreed a £50m trade deal to sell British pork to China, the world’s biggest market for pig meat. Much of the pork will be in the form of parts that are popular in China but not with

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Yahoo shares climb 5% on Alibaba stake sale report

Shares in internet giant Yahoo have risen over 5% after reports that it is close to selling its stake in Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce company. Yahoo is preparing to sell half its 40% stake back to Alibaba, according to

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Eurozone dispute brews as G8 summit leaders gather

Claims that German leader Angela Merkel suggested Greece votes on whether to leave the eurozone have sparked a row. The Greek allegation, which Berlin denies, comes as President Barack Obama welcomed G8 leaders to a dinner at Camp David, opening

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China trade ministry increases rare earth export quota

China has allowed more companies to export rare earths, increasing the quotas set by the government, after they met environment standards. It has increased rare earth export quotas by 10,680 tonnes, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday. The announcement brings

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