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Iran, Afghanistan Interested in Growingly Increasing Cooperation

Fars News Agency-Iran and Afghanistan attach great importance to the increasing broadening of their bilateral ties and cooperation, Tehran’s former Ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian said. “Afghanistan shares 1,000 kilometers of common borders with Iran. We should know that

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Afghan market leaders deny Reuters report on “Stalking the Taliban in Afghan Currency Markets”

Afghan currency market officials strongly rejected a recent Reuters report alleging that Taliban are financed through some Afghan currency exchangers. Head of the Kabul Currency Exchange Market Najibullah Akhtari denied the involvement of currency dealers in serving Taliban financiers and

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PIA flights for Kandahar

The Pajhwok Afghan News reports that flights between southern Kandahar province and Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, would begin on Tuesday. Governor Toryalai Weesa and Pakistan Consul-General Farmanullah Yousafzai said they had reached the decision at a

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Special Report – Stalking the Taliban in Afghan currency markets

By Mathew Green-(Reuters) Haji Khairullah Barakzai is the ultimate Afghan success story: illiterate village boy makes a fortune thanks to a lifetime of hard work, unerring street smarts and God’s favour. But to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is one

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Fire engulfs 600 stores in Kabul’s Main Commercial District

A fire that engulfed overnight in Mandawi, Kabul’s main Commercial District, destroyed about 600 stores and inflicted millions of dollars of damage. According to the Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the fire was caused by the shopkeer neglect

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Afghans Score 2 Silver on Day 1 of Fajr Taekwondo Competitions

On the first day of the international Fajr Taekwondo Competitions held in Iran Friday, the Afghan national Taekwondo team scored two silver and 12 bronze medals. Female athlete Nila Ahmadi and her male teammate Sayed Massoud Karimi scored the silver

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Germany funds development projects in Baghlan

The signing ceremony of 12 development projects was held in northern Baghlan province. The projects, including 10 schools and 2 clinics, were signed with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in northern Baghlan province. Financed by the German Federal Foreign Office

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House of Representatives rejects the draft budget

The Wolesi Jirga or the House of the Representatives rejected the draft budget amid complaints that the approval process was always inordinately delayed, creating hurdles to optimum utilization of funds. After the Senate’s approval of the budget, Finance Minister Omar

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To Be a Good Leader, First Be Human

By-Deep Nishar, Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience at LinkedIn One of my favorite activities is to flip through old photo albums with my daughter, poking fun at outdated hair styles and clothes. As we were going through this

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$201m in fuel purchases untraceable

By Heath Druzin- Stars and Stripes More than $200 million in Department of Defense fuel purchases for the Afghan army remain unaccounted for because officers improperly destroyed documents, according to a report released by the special inspector general for Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Credit Union Trade Association Now World Council Member

Credit Union Times, by Natasha Chillingerian Kabul, Afghanistan-based credit union trade association IIFC Group — a network of 34 Afghan credit unions and credit union service points developed by the World Council of Credit Unions — is now officially a

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Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan charged with assault: report

INDIAN police have charged Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan for allegedly assaulting and breaking the nose of a South African businessman at a luxury hotel earlier this year, a report said Friday. The actor ran into trouble after Iqbal Sharma

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Bank of Japan boosts stimulus to help revive growth

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has boosted its key stimulus measure in an attempt to revive growth in the world’s third-largest economy. It has extended its asset purchase program, aimed at keeping borrowing costs down, by 10 trillion yen ($119bn;

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What I Learned When I Got Fired (the First Time)

By Sallie Krawcheck- Past President of Merrill Lynch, US Trust, Smith Barney There are some things worth being fired over. Sometimes your personal values don’t mesh with the company’s (regardless of what the company’s “Values Statement” says). Back in 2008, at

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Samsung drops Apple sales case in Europe

BBC- Samsung has said it will drop its lawsuit seeking to ban the sale of some of Apple’s products in Europe. The South Korean company said it wanted to compete “fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court” and “protect

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Minister of Economy named secretary to the High Economic Council

According to a statement from the presidential palace, Minister of Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal was appointed as secretary to the High Economic Council (HEC) on Thursday. The statement said the minister of economy was tasked to firm up agendas of

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Japanese exports fall for a sixth straight month

Recent figures show that Japanese exports have fallen for sixth consecutive month, with exports to China declining by 14.5% and to the European Union by 20%. Sales to China have been hit by a territorial dispute, while continuing debt issues

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7 Things That Make Great Entrepreneurs Tick

By Steve Tobak- Inc.com Silicon Valley has gazillions of successful entrepreneurs and brilliant innovators. You can’t walk down the street in Palo Alto or Mt. View without bumping into two or three top executives who started out in a little

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Japan donates snow-clearing machines to Afghanistan

Eight snow-clearing machines have been donated to Afghanistan by the Japanese government, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said on Thursday. Three of the machines have been delivered to the Ministry of Public Health and Natural Disaster Management

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Afghan company suffers millions of dollars of loss

The suicide attack on Monday at the compound of the US-run Contrack International, a foreign military contractor, caused an estimated loss of USD 10mn to an Afghan fruit juice company. In addition, more than 120 people have been unemployed as

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Tax evading companies receive warning from the Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance have warned a number of companies who have evaded taxes for several years. The officials refused to name the companies; however, the names would be released to the public, if the companies failed to pay their

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The expensive live bands add to the high cost of weddings in Afghanistan

In addition to other fees and expenses of the crippling wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan, the high cost of live bands is another problem that many Afghans are worried about. According to some residents in Kabul, some band singers charge as

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Leap before you think?!

By: Hiroshi Mikitani- CEO, Rakuten Inc. To be successful in business, you must act first and think later. This may sound counterintuitive. Indeed, most of us have been counseled since we were children to think first. Don’t just rush out

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Ben Bernanke

Ben S. Bernanke began a second term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 1, 2010. Dr. Bernanke also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System’s principal monetary policymaking

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US Parliament approves USD 5.7bn for strengthening Afghan forces

The US House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to fully finance building the capacity of the Afghan army and police by approving an amount of USD 5.7bn. The conference called an independent assessment of the size and structure of

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