Afghanistan News August 17, 2014: Today's headlines.....
45 pct of Afghan election votes re-counted
KABUL, Aug. 17 (Xinhua)-- Spokesman for Afghan election commission Noor Mohammad Noor said Sunday that 45 percent of the votes cast in the second round of the presidential election held on June 14, had been completed.
Decisive 6,000 Ballot Recount Begins
TOLOnews.com By Rateb Noori 16 August 2014
The recount of votes from 6,000 ballot boxes specially picked by the presidential candidates began on Saturday. The outcome of the recount is expected to be the basis for the final results of this year's election, a process that has now dragged on for over four months.
Obama greets Karzai on Afghanistan’s 95th Independence Day
Khaama Press August 17, 2014
US President Barack Obama has greeted his counterpart President Hamid Karzai on the 95th independence day of Afghanistan.
Major Projects at Standstill
TOLOnews.com By Zabiullah Jahanmal 16 August 2014
A number of major energy, water and public works projects throughout Afghanistan are inoperative because of the decrease in budget.
Afghan Truck Crash Kills 33 People
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan August 17, 2014
A truck crash in northwestern Afghanistan has killed 33 people and injured 13 others.
5 Taliban killed in N. Afghanistan
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Five Taliban militants were killed as clash erupted in Kunduz province with Kunduz city as its capital 250 km north of Kabul on Sunday, police said. "The clash erupted in Gultapa area in the outskirt of provincial capital Kunduz city at noon leaving five Taliban rebels including their commander Mullah Akhtar dead on the spot," provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told Xinhua.
Afghan militants abduct aid workers including de-miners
KABUL, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government armed militants have abducted aid workers including de-miners in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan and in the latest such attack the armed insurgents kidnapped a group of de-miners in the southern Ghazni province 125 km south of national capital Kabul Saturday night.
Pakistan Rejects Indian Ambassador Accusations
TOLO.com By TOLOnews.com 16 August 2014
The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul on Saturday released a statement declaring that the claims made about Pakistan supporting terrorism in Afghanistan by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan are false.
Three Houses Destroyed in Kunar by Pakistan's Military
TOLOnews.com By TOLOnews.com 17 August 2014
In the past 16 hours the Pakistani military have fired 126 missiles into eastern Kunar province destroying three houses, but no casualties have been reported, local officials said.
Afghanistan rejects SIGAR report on disappearance of weapons
Khaama Press August 17, 2014
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has rejected the recent report by US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) regarding the disappearance of certain weapons supplied to Afghan national security forces.
The cave dwellers of Bamiyan
By Ayoub Arwin and Daud Qarizadah BBC News 17 August 2014
The sandstone cliffs of Afghanistan's Bamiyan province are most famous for the giant 6th century Buddha statues carved out of the rock and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
Center for Prevention of Malaria and Leishmaniasis Hit by Rocket
TOLOnews.com By Tariq Majidi 16 August 2014
Anti-government groups targeted the center for prevention of Malaria and Leishmaniasis located in the sixth district of Kabul on Friday night.
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