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Pakistan Renews Pledge to Support Afghan Peace Efforts
VOA News October 29, 2014
Pakistan has renewed its pledge to extend support for peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and open a “new chapter” in its relations with the strife-torn neighboring country.

Pakistan Says Anti-Militant Offensive A Success
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 29, 2014
The Pakistani army says a four-month-old offensive against militant groups in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan is progressing "successfully."

Candidate Closes Ghorband-Bamyan Road
TOLOnews.com By Faridullah Sahil 29 October 2014
The Ghorband-Bamyan road in Franjal area of Parwan province is closed to traffic by Wakil Samad, one of the protesting candidates from the provincial council elections, and his supporters. The candidate has reportedly blocked the road as a reaction to the announcement of the final results of the provincial council elections.

Provincial Council Candidates Ask for Trial of Election Commission Officials
TOLOnews.com By Aazem Arash 28 October 2014
A number provincial council candidates took part in a protest in Kabul on Tuesday morning, asking for the trial of members of election commissions over alleged massive frauds in the election process.

Pakistan asks U.S. to stop drone attacks
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani interior minister called upon a visiting U.S. regional envoy to stop U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal region, local media reported on Wednesday.

China's top legislator meets Afghan president
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang met with visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai here on Wednesday.

China pledge $327 million aid to Afghanistan through 2017
Khaama Press October 29, 2014
According to reports, Beijing has pledged over $327 million in aid through 2017 for the reconstruction of Afghanistan during President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s state visit to China.

Afghan Watchdog Blames Corrupt U.S. Officials for Botched Prison Project
Foreign Policy BY Siobhán O'Grady OCTOBER 28, 2014
Billions of dollars have been wasted in Afghanistan since the U.S. launched ambitious plans to rebuild the country in 2002, and American watchdog John Sopko has spent the past two years documenting American-led reconstruction failures caused by mismanagement or outright corruption on the part of Afghan officials. But a new report from Sopko

President Ghani, CEO Abdullah challenged in blood donation campaign
Khaama Press October 29, 2014
President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah were challenged in a blood donation campaign.

Afghanistan to Remain US ‘Observation Tower’ Over Russia, Iran, China
WASHINGTON, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – The United States will keep a small part of its forces in Afghanistan to have an opportunity to keep an eye on Russia, Iran, Pakistan and China, the president of a think tank focused on nonmilitary solutions for Afghanistan told RIA Novosti.

Opinion: Afghanistan dances with the Red Dragon
As Western forces leave Afghanistan, the resource-rich country is turning to China. But Kabul should be careful as a lot of money may end up in the hands of the Taliban, warns DW's Florian Weigand.
Deutsche Welle By Florian Weigand 28.10.2014
Who would have thought? Afghanistan is a rich a country. In the land of medieval-style images depicting turbants, burkas, mud houses and mules in narrow trails, there are also large quantities of raw materials, worth an estimated one trillion euros.

Budget Deficit Already Causing Delays in Salary Payments
TOLOnews.com By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail 28 October 2014
The super-scale salaries of at least 56 district governors have not been paid for the past year, according to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). Responsibility for paying the public servants falls with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, but it is said to not have the financial means to do so.

Afghan Govt. Faces Severe Economic Crises
TOLOnews.com By Karim Amini 28 October 2014
Economic analysts have stated that the government's inappropriate expenditures have led to the deficit in the government budget this year.







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