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Acting Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi resigns
Khaama Press October 23, 2014
Acting Chief Justice and head of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan Abdul Salam Azimi has resigned from his position.

Clashes between security forces, Taliban leave 23 dead in N. Afghanistan
KABUL, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Gun battles between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants have claimed the lives of 23 people, mostly armed insurgents, in the northern Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces since Wednesday night, officials said Thursday.

Did Politics Compromise Afghanistan's Constitution?
BY Ghizaal Haress OCTOBER 23, 2014 Foreign Policy
Afghanistan's National Unity Government was formed after a power-sharing agreement was signed between the two presidential contenders (now the president and chief executive officer), in the runoff presidential elections and was followed by the inauguration of the new president, Ashraf Ghani. The inaugural ceremony

Afghan blast wounds 4 children, forces kill 17 militants
KABUL, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Violent skirmishes have claimed 17 lives of militants and injured four children in the conflict-hit Afghanistan over the past 24 hours.

Obama invites Afghan president, chief executive to visit Washington next year
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to visit the White House early in the new year.

Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North
The New York Times By AZAM AHMED OCT. 22, 2014
CHAHAR DARA, Afghanistan - The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in 2009, just before President Obama deployed thousands of troops to push the insurgents back from the outskirts of the province’s capital.

Afghanistan's Demographic Drought
Foreign Policy BY Ali Karimi OCTOBER 22, 2014
The Afghan presidential election is finally over. After the first round of elections failed to produce a winner on April 5, the Afghans went back to the polls on June 14 to choose between the two frontrunners, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Soon after the run-off, even before the release of the preliminary results, Abdullah's team claimed that two million

Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise
Ayaz Gul VOA News October 23, 2014
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

Afghan Corruption a Tougher Job After Taking on the Mafia
Bloomberg By David Lerman and Tony Capaccio Oct 23, 2014
John Sopko says taking on the Mafia in Ohio as a young federal prosecutor was less daunting than his current job rooting out waste and corruption in the U.S.- financed attempt to rebuild Afghanistan.

MPs Ask for Reforms in Electoral Commissions
TOLOnews.com By Nooria 22 October 2014
A number of parliamentarians and electoral analysts on Wednesday asked President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to bring structural reforms in the electoral commissions, stressing the need to bring reforms before the parliamentary elections.

UK military 'made wrong calculations' on Afghanistan
BBC News 22 October 2014
Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army has told the BBC.

Ghani to Travel to China With Afghan Business Leaders
TOLOnews.com By Zabhiullah Jahanmal 22 October 2014
President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China next week for a three-day trip with a group of top Afghan business leaders. The visit is intended to start a new chapter in Kabul-Beijing relations, one that the new Afghan government hopes will lead to greater economic and political ties.

Controversy About Access to Information Law
TOLOnews.com By Anisa Shaheed 22 October 2014
After a three-year delay, the Lower House of Parliament approved the Access to Information Law in July, leaving few of the articles open to further adjustments. The law is expected to be sent to the Presidential Palace to be signed by the president.







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