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E.U. Confirms Wide Fraud in Afghan Presidential Runoff Election
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEINDEC. 16, 2014 The New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — A new report by European Union election observers on Tuesday supports some of the most stark estimates of systematic electoral fraud in the Afghan presidential runoff election in June, and says an earlier audit of the voting invalidated only a small fraction of suspect votes.

Afghanistan may resume peace talks with Taliban in Qatar
Khaama Press December 16, 2014
According to reports, the government of Afghanistan is expecting to resume peace talks with the Taliban group in Qatar in the near future.

Abdullah Attracts Commitments for Support From Regional Leaders
TOLOnews.com By Ratib Noori 15 December 2014
Encouraging greater regional cohesion and looking to attract further support for Afghanistan as the NATO coalition withdraws, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah attended the 13th gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this week along with top leaders of the other countries in the region.

Taliban Attack on Pakistan School Kills at Least 130, Mostly Students
Ayaz Gul VOA News December 16, 2014
ISLAMABAD - The siege of a school in Pakistan by Taliban militants left at least 130 people dead, most of them students.

Sources Say Nangarhar Customs Overrun by Corruption
TOLOnews.com By Zabiullah Jhanmal 15 December 2014
A number of staff members at the Nangarhar customs office spoke to TOLOnews on condition of anonymity this week, maintaining that corruption is systemic in Nangarhar and should be investigated.

Afghanistan strongly condemn Peshawar attack
Khaama Press December 16, 2014
Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned an armed attack at a school in Peshawar on Tuesday.

No Coordination Between Security Agencies: Ghani
TOLOnews.com By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail 15 December 2014
President Ashraf Ghani has strongly criticized what he believes is a lack of coordination between security institutions following the sharp increase in insurgent attacks in Kabul during the past month.

Spanish Deputy PM visits Afghanistan
MADRID, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria paid a surprise visit to Spanish troops stationed in Afghanistan on Monday.

Kabul Gangs; The Story of a City with 4,000 Drug Retails and 340 Criminal Gangs
Khaama Press By Tamim Hamid
The city, crowded streets, people, buildings, markets and even the monies roaming in the hands of street money exchangers from inside a black-mirror car looks absolutely dark! Everything wore somber; although I have been witnessing a “black business” inside the car I have been in it since hours.

Inmate Jailed For Decade Escapes Prison in Kabul
TOLOnews.com By Shakeela Ibrahimkhil 16 December 2014
A prisoner who was jailed for 10 years over drug smuggling has escaped Pul-e-Charkhi jail, Afghanistan's largest detention facility in Kabul, officials said.







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