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Obama Picks Veteran Diplomat To Be Afghan Envoy
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 29, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama has selected a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

Nuristan high peace council chief shot dead in capital Kabul
Khaama Press August 29, 2014
Unknown gunmen shot dead the provincial high peace council committee chief in capital Kabul late Thursday.

Foreign Pressure Mounts as Election Remains Stalled
TOLOnews.com By Karim Amini 28 August 2014
With renewed discord surfacing between the two presidential candidates this week, the U.S. and Britain have taken more steps to try and push the candidates toward agreement and the election process toward conclusion.

IEC: Verdict on 3,000 Boxes Issued Friday
TOLOnews.com By Tariq Majidi 28 August 2014
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday reported that the normal process of invalidation of fake votes from genuine votes is moving forward under the supervision of the United Nations' (UN) representatives.

Delays, fights marred Afghanistan's election recount
Los Angeles Times By Ali M. Latifi & Shashank Bengali 28 August, 2014
Inside the hot, musty airplane hangar where international officials were supervising Afghanistan’s presidential election recount, the rival camps had sparred for days until the tension finally boiled over.

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10
Associated Press 28 August, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan - A massive audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election won't be done until around Sept. 10, the U.N. said Thursday, quashing hopes the new president would be determined before an upcoming NATO summit.

News Analysis: Pullout of NATO forces from Afghanistan feared to embolden Taliban
KABUL, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The delay in the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington and the scheduled pullout of the International Security Assistance Force from Afghanistan by the end of the year would embolden the Taliban to launch more attacks against government forces, local analysts here said.

Northern Officials Say Released Prisoners Lead Taliban Fighters
TOLOnews.com By Sharif Amiry 28 August 2014
Local Afghan security officials in northern provinces have reported that former Taliban prisoners who were released are leading the militant fight against security forces in the area.

Largest NATO base to be transferred to Afghan forces in Helmand
Khaama Press August 28, 2014
The largest NATO military base in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan will be transferred to Afghan national security forces control.

Mobarez faces American MMA fighter in his next fight in November
Khaama Press August 29, 2014
Afghan MMA fighter Baz Mohammad Mobarez is expecting to face American MMA fighter in his next fight scheduled on 15th November.







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