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Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on U.S. base
By Mirwais Harooni April 24, 2015 7:18 AM
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.

Switzerland 'Happiest Country', Afghanistan Among 'Least Happy' In UN Ranking
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 24, 2015
Switzerland is the happiest place to live, according to the 2015 World Happiness Report, while Afghanistan is one of the least happy nations.

Rocket attack on govt compounds in Ghazni as Taliban launches offensive
Khaama Press April 24, 2015
The Taliban militants launched rocket attacks on a number of government compounds in southeastern Ghazni province early on Friday morning as the group launched summer offensive.

EU Extends Police Mission in Afghanistan
TOLOnews By Saleha Sadat April 23, 2015
EUPOL, the European Union Mission in Afghanistan, announced Thursday that it was extending its mission in the country for another two years after signing an MoU with the Ministry of Interior.

Syrian rebels capture 4 Afghans including teenager boys
Khaama Press April 23, 2015
A new video has emerged from Syria which purportedly shows the capture of four Afghan nationals by the Syrian rebels.

India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan
Reuters By Sanjeev Miglani April 24, 2015
New Delhi - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

Pakistan: 'Shock and Sorrow' at Death of Hostages
VOA News April 24, 2015
Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" after it emerged that a U.S. counterterrorism operation accidentally killed two male hostages — an American aid worker and an Italian — held by al-Qaida on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

NUG Cabinet Holds First Meeting Without Defense Minister Appointed
TOLOnews By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail April 23, 2015
Presiding over the first meeting of NUG cabinet on Thursday, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani tasked the newly appointed ministers to formulate strategies for their first 100 days in office and present them back to him within the next three weeks.

IOM Voices Concerns About Iran Deporting Afghan Migrants
TOLOnews By Mir Aqa Popal April 23, 2015
Iran deports over 25,000 Afghans every month largely indifferent to their destinations or wellbeing, recent reports from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and interviews with migrants indicate.

Auditor Queries $135 Million of Afghanistan Training Expenditure
Wall Street Journal By Ben DiPietro April 23, 2015
An audit of a $175.9 million U.S. Department of Defense counterinsurgency intelligence training project contract in Afghanistan alleged the company that was awarded the contract compiled $134.6 million in insufficiently documented costs that the audit blamed on a lack of internal controls and noncompliance with federal rules and procedures.

Interview: Bandung spirit imperative to boost cooperation in today's world, says Afghan former minister
KABUL, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The original message of the Bandung conference held 60 years ago that brought together Asian and African leaders in Indonesia on issues of peaceful co-existence, is still imperative for boosting mutual cooperation among the nations and still holds gravitas in today's world, Afghan former minister for information and culture Sayed Makhdom Raheen told Xinhua.

Cousin of Farah Provincial Council Head Accused of Raping Boy
TOLOnews By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail April 23, 2015
The commander of an armed group in Farah has been accused of the kidnap, rape and torture of a 17-year-old boy, said the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization on Thursday.

New Plastic Chair Factory Could Mark Start of New Domestic Industry
TOLOnews By Geeti Mohseni April 23, 2015
An investment of $1 million USD has helped launch a plastic chair production company in Kabul that hopes to corner the market in Afghanistan, and in the process, edge out foreign competitors.







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