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Shops in downtown Kabul re-open two months after the deadly blast

Shops in Zanbaq Square, in the downtown Kabul, have re-opened two months after the deadly blast which left over 150 people dead and hundreds injured. According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the government plans to provide

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Kabul explosion inflicts a financial loss of $10mn

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has estimated the financial loss caused by yesterday’s explosion at USD 10mn. “The private sector has suffered a loss of USD 10mn as a result of the attack,” said Siyamuddin Pesarlay, ACCI

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Experts agree to rebuild one of the Buddha statues of Afghanistan

Afghan, German, Japanese and French specialists met in German city of Munich to discuss whether two ancient statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan should be restored. The Afghan government has agreed with international experts to repair one of the Buddha

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WFP provides emergency assistance to Afghanistan’s returnees

As Afghanistan struggles with growing numbers of returnees from Pakistan and people displaced internally by conflict, the World Food Program (WFP) has launched a nine month operation to provide emergency food and cash. Since July the number of returning refugees

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Afghanistan suffers USD 9bn in losses due to conflict and insurgency

According to a new research report by the Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) organization, Afghanistan has suffered USD 24mn in losses daily due to conflict and insurgency in 2014. The total amount of loss that Afghanistan suffered during the

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ACCI collects USD 300,000 for Kunduz residents

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)has collected USD 300,000 through a commission to help families in Kunduz that are affected by the recent crisis. The Taliban captured the provincial capital of Kunduz about a week ago. After seizing

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Obama asks for USD 58.6bn for war in Afghanistan

In a letter to the House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, US President Barack Obama asked for USD 58.6bn for the war in Afghanistan. The amount is the smallest Pentagon war-funding request in a decade. The White House sent Congress

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Germany, Denmark fund Afghanistan’s first Football Academy

Germany and Denmark have joined hands to fund Afghanistan’s first football academy, Grassroots Football, which was opened in Kabul on Monday. The inaugural ceremony was attended by officials from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The project is aimed

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Germany, Denmark fund Afghanistan's first Football Academy

Germany and Denmark have joined hands to fund Afghanistan’s first football academy, Grassroots Football, which was opened in Kabul on Monday. The inaugural ceremony was attended by officials from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The project is aimed

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American University of Afghanistan- A story of Afghanistan’s success

Foreign Policy.com- As the United States continues to withdraw troops and materiel from Afghanistan, the rhetoric from President Hamid Karzai’s administration wavers between being fairly pro-American and caustically anti-American, and speculation about reconciliatory negotiations with the Taliban and other insurgent

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Young Afghans determined to rebuild war-torn country

While others make plans to flee, a new generation of educated young Afghans who have tasted new freedoms in post-Taliban times are determined to stay and rebuild their war-ravaged nation. With the vast majority of foreign troops withdrawing by the

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Iraq, Afghan wars will cost to $4 trillion to $6 trillion, Harvard study says

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to

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Artist to unleash 10,000 pink balloons on Kabul

Despite grinding poverty and more than three decades of war, a New York-based artist believes 10,000 pink balloons can help bring peace and happiness to Afghans on the streets of Kabul. Yazmany Arboleda has already unleashed coloured balloons in India,

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Arms market shrinks as a result of economic crisis

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), sales of the 100 biggest arms dealers declined by 5%–the first drop registered since 1994. The figures exclude China due to lack of reliable data. Several factors have contributed to the

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Ghazni war victims to receive financial aid

Ghazni’s officials said individuals affected by the war between national forces and Taliban will receive aid from the Association for Rural Development (ARD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). According to the officials, the organizations would distribute

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held to Reopen Main Road in Arghistan District

ARGHISTAN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to reopen a road in Arghistan district, Kandahar province, Feb 6. Three roadside bombs damaged the district’s only paved road, limiting access to Kandahar city. “We are not happy that the Taliban

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Most of 800,000 People with Disabilities in Afghanistan are Uneducated and Unemployed

By Ahmad Masoud- Afghanistan is one of the most mine contaminated countries in the world. It is believed that there are still about a million mines in the country, killing and maiming hundreds of people every year. According to media

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China-built hospital helps Afghan war victims

The Global Times-The protracted war and conflicts have converted a China-built general hospital in Kandahar to a main surgical center for the war victims in the southern Afghan region — a former stronghold for insurgent groups. “My family shifted me

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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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The high cost of disengagement

Washington Post- Walter Pincus The United States has spent nearly $600 billion over the past 10 years putting combat forces into Afghanistan. Now it’s going to cost an additional $5.7 billion over the next year or two just to transfer or return

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Inauguration of a newly reconstructed mosque

A mosque in Lashkargah, Helmand, was inaugurated by the Helmand Governor Muhammad Naeem Baloch on Friday. The mosque, with an accommodation capacity of 400 people, was destroyed a few years ago in an attack by the foreign forces on Taliban

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The World Bank’s optimism and concerns about Afghanistan

The World Bank in its latest report has reflected on the achievements that Afghanistan has witnessed in the areas of public health, education and rural development. The report also warns of the challenges that Afghanistan might face in regards to

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Afghanistan’s future is not that bleak

Let’s go back a decade and remind ourselves of what Afghanistan was like then. It was the regime of Taliban- a period when human rights had no existence, darkness had replaced education, misery had taken over hope and extremism had

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Taliban contributing to the reconstruction of Afghanistan for the first time ever

Taliban announced the completion of the construction of a 5km road in the Shikh region of the district of Alingar in eastern Laghman province. Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesperson of the Taliban group in Laghman, said the road was destroyed due to

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