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China’s manufacturing activity growing at its fastest rate in two years

China reported a Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) of 51.9 in January compared with 51.5 in December. The country’s manufacturing activity is at its two-year high since January 2011 and above 50. A PMI of above 50 indicates expansion and signals

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Indoor swimming pools and saunas for Afghan youths

To provide entertainment opportunities for the Afghan youths, local investors have constructed public saunas and swimming pools in Kaarteh Seh and Kaarteh Chaar of capital Kabul. Hundreds of young Afghan boys come to these places daily to enjoy their time.

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Afghan government seeks USD 471mn from the international community for humanitarian aid

Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the emergency commission appealed to the international community for USD 471mn in humanitarian aid during the current year. The officials announced this at a conference in Kabul on Saturday. Mark Boden, UN humanitarian

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Afghanistan out of the Beach Football World Cup

Afghanistan’s beach football cup hopes dashed after losing its fourth and final match in Doha against Bahrain by 2-5. Afghanistan won its very first match against Qatar last week but lost the three following matches to Oman, Australia and Bahrain

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Afghan refugee becomes Young Australian of the year

The Telegraph-He fled Afghanistan with his mother and brother at the height of a bloody civil war, arriving in Australia a child refugee. Now, 25-year-old Akram Azimi is the 2013 Young Australian of the Year. “This country has been incredibly

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IEC support for using old registration system receives criticism

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) recently supported the decision of the Afghan government to use the old registration system, citing insufficient budget of the government as the main reason. Afghan political parties have expressed outrage about this stance, warning of

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Water- a new security concern in Asia

Brahma Chellaney in his book, Water: Asia’s New Battleground, has warned of the security concerns arising from water scarcity in Asia. Today, security concerns in Asia focus on maritime and territorial disputes in Northeast Asia. Mr. Chellaney in his award

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Budget cuts could prove detrimental to Afghan war effort-Pentagon

AP-The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military’s combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Friday. “There will be second-order effects on

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Kandahar residents frustrated over power blackouts

Despite the improvements brought to the electricity distribution system in Kandahar, residents of the city still have complaints about power shortages and accuse the authorities for failing to provide them enough electricity. According to the Deputy Director of Water and

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North Korea warn South over UN sanctions

BBC-North Korea has issued another warning, a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test. In a statement, Pyongyang pledged “physical counter-measures” against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime. The threat came 24 hours after

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Apple loses to Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company

Following a drastic decline in its shares, Apple is taken over by Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company. The disappointed iPhone sales figures on Wednesday dropped Apple’s shares to 37% since their record high last September. At the close

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