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Kabul's Diplomatic Quarter Rocked By Blast
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 28, 2014
A bomb attached to a military vehicle has exploded in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, one day before the inauguration of a new president was due to take place.

Pakistan supports Taliban group in Afghanistan, Canadian minister says
Khaama Press September 28, 2014
Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander has said that Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban group is aimed at specific goals in the country.

Hopes seen with new Afghan president
AFP September 28, 2014
KABUL - Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency.

Karzai In Quotes
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 28, 2014 By Frud Bezhan
Following two turbulent and controversial terms in office, Hamid Karzai is poised to be the first person to leave the Afghan presidency in a peaceful transfer of power, which is expected on September 29. As his stint as president comes to a close, we look at some of his most memorable quotes over the past 13 years.

John Kerry praises Abdullah and Ghani as Afghanistan's struggles continue
Treasury says it cannot not pay civil servants’ salaries, casting a shadow on celebratory editorial by US secretary of state
The Guardian By Martin Pengelly September 27, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday saluted what he called the triumph of “statesmanship and compromise” in Afghanistan, which will inaugurate its new president on Monday. On the same day, however, the Afghan government said it would delay paying the October salaries of hundreds of thousands of civil servants, because it does not have enough money.

Karzai signs off on death penalty for top Mafia leader Habib Istalif
Khaama Press September 28, 2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed off on death penalty for top Mafia leader Habib Istalif on Sunday, the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat following a statement.

Afghanistan will delay paying civil servants
The Washington Post By Kay Johnson September 27, 2014
KABUL - Afghanistan will delay payment of salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money, a finance ministry official said Saturday.

4 Governors Visit Afghanistan for Terror Briefings
AFP September 27, 2014
NEW YORK - Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

5.2-magnitude quake hits 14km S of Farkhar, Afghanistan -- USGS
HONG KONG, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted 14km S of Farkhar, Afghanistan at 22:49: 04 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Afghanistan’s Uncertain Future
The new unity government is a diplomatic achievement, but its future looks decidedly shaky.
The Diplomat By Daniele Grassi September 28, 2014
After months of wrangling, Afghanistan’s two leading presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have agreed to form a new government of national unity. Brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and strongly supported by the international community, the agreement puts an end, at least temporarily







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