Wednesday, April 16, 2014


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Karzai Blames U.S. Air Strike For Civilian Casualties

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has "strongly condemned" the killing of a woman and her two children in what he described as a U.S. air strike in the east of the country.
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Interview: Afghanistan's Abdullah Vows To Make 'Meritocratic Appointments'

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his fiercest rivals, from government if he wins Afghanistan's presidential election. He spoke to RFE/RL about contesting the possible second round and his plans should he win.
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Afghan Minister Kidnapped In Kabul

An Afghan deputy minister has been abducted in Kabul.
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Abdullah Pledges 'Meritocracy' If Elected

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his rivals, from government if he is elected.
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Pakistani Accused Of Cannibalism After Baby Head Found

Police said on April 14 that Muhammad Arif was detained after officers raided a house and found what was described as the head of a baby there.
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NATO Supply Trucks Attacked In Pakistan

Pakistani officials say at least one driver has been killed in attacks on trucks carrying supplies to NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.
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Abdullah Leads In Partial Afghan Count

First partial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.
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Pakistan Drops Charges Against Baby

A Pakistani judge has dismissed attempted murder charges against a nine-month-old baby boy in a case that has drawn worldwide attention.
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Afghan Candidates Jockey For Position Ahead Of Expected Second Round

Abdullah Abdullah has made the first move as the jockeying among Afghanistan's three leading presidential contenders gets under way.
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Afghan Candidates Say They'll Offer Karzai An Advisory Role

In Afghanistan, all three presidential front-runners say they will offer outgoing President Hamid Karzai an advisory role after he steps down. Analysts say that no matter who is finally declared the winner, he will undoubtedly need Karzai's skill set, honed over the past 12 years, in navigating the country's volatile regional and tribal politics, not to mention the often bumpy relations with Washington and NATO.
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