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Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul| Reuters

KABUL Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul. The president's failure to nominate a full cabinet since he took office in September has sown great discontent among Afghans and Saturday's vote was seen as a test of his government's influence over parliament. #United States #Middle East #Afghanistan #markets #Latin America #opinion
Afghan parliament rejects second defense minister nominee| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Afghan parliament rejects second defense minister nominee| Reuters

KABUL Afghanistan's parliament rejected the second nominee for defense minister on Saturday, leaving the key position in limbo after nine months and as the Taliban insurgency makes gains against foreign-backed government forces. #Business #United States #Technology #Afghanistan #Entertainment #opinion
75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future| Reuters

ASTANA/ALMATY Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy. #Business #United States #Afghanistan #Europe #markets #Latin America #Ukraine
Afghanistan targets US defence contractors in row over back taxes| Reuters

Jul 03, 2015

Afghanistan targets US defence contractors in row over back taxes| Reuters

KABUL Afghanistan is threatening to crack down on U.S. defence contractors it says owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, including by freezing their bank accounts and refusing to renew yearly business licences when they expire. The United States disputes some of the payment demands, saying companies were exempt under military agreements in force at the time, and both sides are trying to resolve the dispute before the deadline set in a new deal between the nations. #Economy #Afghanistan #Argentina #Entertainment #opinion
In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line| Reuters

Jul 02, 2015

In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line| Reuters

WASHINGTON In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line #Business #Afghanistan #Argentina #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
Two dead, 60 wounded in Kabul as Taliban attacks police headquarters, military convoy

Jul 01, 2015

Two dead, 60 wounded in Kabul as Taliban attacks police headquarters, military convoy

Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up. #World #Taliban #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Nato #Kabul #Suicide Attacks
Taliban wound 21 Afghans, kill one in attack on NATO convoy| Reuters

Jun 30, 2015

Taliban wound 21 Afghans, kill one in attack on NATO convoy| Reuters

KABUL A Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of NATO troops in Kabul on Tuesday wounded 21 Afghan civilians and killed one, police and witnesses said. #Business #India #Middle East #Afghanistan #Argentina #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
IS declaring open war on Taliban in Afghanistan is a game changer for world diplomacy

Jun 30, 2015

IS declaring open war on Taliban in Afghanistan is a game changer for world diplomacy

The IS presence in Afghanistan is a reality and a potential gamechanger. Two things will be keenly awaited as a result of this: (i) how Pakistans ISI responds to this; and (ii) whether this will force the US to make a comeback to Afghanistan and take its troops level in Afghanistan to pre-2014 levels. #India #US #Taliban #Afghanistan #Russia #Hamid Karzai #Putin
Afghanistan: Huge explosion rocks Kabul near shopping district

Jun 30, 2015

Afghanistan: Huge explosion rocks Kabul near shopping district

A huge explosion has shaken the Afghan capital, Kabul, sending a plume of black smoke over the city's western suburbs. #Terrorism #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Kabul #Ramadan #Afghan attack #shopping district
Victory for gender equality cause: First female judge nominated to Afghan Supreme Court

Jun 30, 2015

Victory for gender equality cause: First female judge nominated to Afghan Supreme Court

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday nominated a female judge to sit on the Supreme Court in an unprecedented move that has angered some Islamic conservatives. #World #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Supreme Court #Kabul #Gender equality #Women's rights #Shareworthy