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Are Pakistan’s economic woes secondary to its political difficulties?

Bruce Stokes from Pew Research Center reflects on the economic difficulties of Pakistan that are being overlooked. The headlines on Pakistan’s political challenges such as charges of corruption against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and militant bombings in the country

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Turkmenistan hosts conference on Afghanistan’s development

n-TurkemniTurkmen Foreign Ministry hosted a conference on Monday on measures to assist Afghanistan, according to the Central Asia Times. The attendees included the national coordinators and representatives of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Italy, Germany,

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Azerbaijan to offer assistance to Afghanistan

Azerbaijan is willing to assist Afghanistan in fighting against drugs and insurgency and building Afghan infrastructure. Azerbaijan has allocated EUR 2m for implementation of different projects in Afghanistan and intends to continue further support to this country. Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign

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ACCI calls for control of substandard fuel entering Afghanistan

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) called for the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA) to carryout enhanced observations of the fuel. The request comes as the Ministry of Commerce Oil and Gas Enterprise Department reduced prices on the fuel

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Afghan film wins 2013 Sundance Screenwriting Award

Afghan film Wajma, directed and produced by Barmak Akram, won the 2013 Sundance Award for screenwriting in the World Cinema, Dramatic category. Wajma is the story of two lovers whose love contradicts the Afghan culture. A young man in Kabul

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An 'Afghan redneck' creates art in a war zone

CNN- Editor’s note: Aman Mojadidi is an American artist of Afghan descent who has staged public art projects in Afghanistan for the past nine years. He spoke at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh in June. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas

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An ‘Afghan redneck’ creates art in a war zone

CNN- Editor’s note: Aman Mojadidi is an American artist of Afghan descent who has staged public art projects in Afghanistan for the past nine years. He spoke at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh in June. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas

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More than USD 114bn withdrawn from US banks this month

Business Week-More than $114 billion exited the biggest U.S. banks this month, and nobody’s quite sure why. The Federal Reserve releases data on the assets and liabilities of commercial banks every Friday. The most current figures, covering the first full week of

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The Republic of Korea donates aid to flood victims of Faryab

At a ceremony at the Korean Embassy in Kabul, Afghan authorities received food and blanket from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to be donated to the victims of flood in Faryab in 2012. Speaking on the occasion, Kim Chan-mo

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Shahrukh Khan’s agony of ‘being a Khan’ wins him support from Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Saeed, Chief of the Jama-ud-Da’wah (JuD) and the mastermind behind Mumbai attacks, recently extended out his support to Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and welcomed him to live in Pakistan. He has said that Shahrukh Khan can move to Pakistan

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Music making comeback in Afghanistan

Arab News-Music that Afghans were made to stay away from or risk being targeted by the Taliban militants are once again ringing loud. That trepidation no longer exists as strongly as it once was. This privilege, which was very much

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Installation of two power generators in Kabul

Water and Energy Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan and his Iranian counterpart Majid Namjoo inaugurated the installation of two power generators in Kabul on Sunday. The generators were purchased from Germany at a cost of USD 10mn by the Iranian government

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Mobile Money Transfer services expanding in Afghanistan

Central bank officials said that two telecommunication companies have so far received licenses for running the service, while two more companies are in the process of obtaining licenses.  “Paying money via mobile phone offers great convenience. We are making efforts

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Iran, Afghanistan willing to boost trade ties

Afghanistan Commerce Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Ghazi Khail announced Monday that Kabul is interested in fostering trade ties with Tehran. According to Mr. Ghazi Khail, Kabul has been determined to implement its agreements inked with Tehran, adding that Afghanistan is a

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49 Afghan medical officials to be trained in Turkey

Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil announced Sunday that 49 medical officials would be sent to Turkey for training. Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Sunday, Suraya Dalil said increasing and expanding professional skills in health sector were among the

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Japan provides USD 20mn in aid to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

As part of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), Japan pledged USD 20mn in aid to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. According to the Ministry’s officials, the aid money would be spent in more than 150 districts across

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Bollywood’s 5 eligible bachelors!

While Bollywood celebrities are looking forward to settle down, there are a few youngsters who are still single and are very eligible bachelors. Here are Bollywood’s 5 eligible bachelors. Salman Khan Salman Khan continues to be one of the most

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The crazy economics of mining asteroids for gold and platinum

By Simone Foxman,Quartz Not one but two companies have now decided that they’re going to mine asteroids to collect gold and platinum. The aptly named Deep Space Industries joins Planetary Resources in the competition for meteor material—and we wish them the

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China has its eyes on Afghanistan’s minerals

In the approaching twilight of the US war in Afghanistan, China is stepping up its involvement, attracted by the country’s trillion dollar worth of minerals. China, who has long been a bystander to the conflict in Afghanistan, could prove to

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Bill Gates: My Plan to Fix The World's Biggest Problems-WSJ

WSJ-From the fight against polio to fixing education, what’s missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand. We can learn a lot about improving the 21st-century

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Bill Gates: My Plan to Fix The World’s Biggest Problems-WSJ

WSJ-From the fight against polio to fixing education, what’s missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand. We can learn a lot about improving the 21st-century

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Facebook Might Owe You $10

Buzzfeed-A class action suit about Facebook’s Sponsored Stories feature resulted in a $20 million settlement. Up to $10 of that money might be coming to you. Last month, Facebook offered to settle a class action lawsuit, rather than fight it

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Transparency in Afghanistan’s national budget goes up from 21% to 59%

Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor announced Saturday that transparency in the national budget has improved by 38% (from 21% to 59%). According to The Asia Foundation, the just-released Open Budget Survey 2012 has ranked Afghanistan as the second greatest improver

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Shahrukh Khan is the richest Indian celebrity

Bollywood Celebden-Forbes India magazine has come out with its inaugural India celebrity 100 list, based on their popularity and income. Shahrukh Khan, who became the first Indian actor to appear on the magazine cover, has topped the list of the

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Why Americans still feel poor

By Nin-Hai Tseng Stocks are up again, but home prices are the real barometer of personal wealth. FORTUNE – U.S. stocks have reached new highs, but most Americans probably don’t feel any wealthier. That’s because the prices of our homes

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