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    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said both the presidential candidates had agreed on new criteria proposed by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), allowing the vote audit to resume on Saturday.

    Jul 31, 2014 - 21:27

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political commentators call US Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest comments a kind of pressure on presidential candidates to form a unity government, but others support him for his efforts to end the political deadlock.

    Governance

    'No deal struck on parliamentary system'

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Campaign teams of both the presidential candidates on Thursday confirmed US secretary of state John Kerry’s remarks that no deal on switching to a parliamentary system had been reached.



    Governance

    IEC to restart auditing votes on Saturday

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Thursday said it was resuming the vote audit process on Saturday and would not unnecessarily halt it this time around.



    Features

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan miners and the committee advocating for their rights criticise the government and privately-owned firms for doing little to ensure their safety.

    Dozens of miners...

    Interviews

     TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): A shortage of professional teachers has long been haunting the education sector of central Uruzgan province, the education director says.

    Ihsanullah Nasher told...

    Governance

    Karzai meets new US envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

    KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai met on Thursday with the new US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Presidential Palace said.



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    Nangarhar witnesses record high olive yield

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The production of olive oil has increased by 10 times in eastern Nangarhar province compared to its last year’s yield, an official said on Thursday.



    Governance

    ‘Aiding displaced Waziristanis a religious duty’

    KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Religious leaders in southeastern Khost province have urged the Afghan government and local residents to generously support refugees from Waziristan as their religious obligation.



    Sports

    Afghanistan-A thrash Zimbabwe in 4-day match

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 35 runs in their first four-day match played in the nation’s capital Harare, an Afghan cricket board official said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    $104.1b marked for Afghan reconstruction so far: SIGAR

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Appropriations on the US effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled id="mce_marker"04.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said on Wednesday.



    Security and Crime

    Hashmat Karzai laid to rest

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai’s cousin Hashmat Khalil Karzai was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in southern Kandahar province late on Tuesday night hours after he was assassinated by a suicide bomber at his residence.



    Governance

    MoD rejects SIGAR report on missing weapons

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as untrue a recent report by the US special inspector general for Afghanistan (SIGAR) claiming tens of thousands of weapons the Pentagon supplied to Afghan forces since 2004 had gone missing.



    Security and Crime

    Pakistan fires another 32 rockets into Kunar: police

    ASADABAD (Pajhwok): The police chief on Wednesday said Pakistani forces fired another 32 rockets into the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province last night and in the morning, hitting farm fields.



    Security and Crime

    Islamabad lodges protest with Kabul over Dir attack

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad lodged a protest with Kabul on Wednesday over a cross-border insurgent attack in Pakistan’s remote upper Dir district in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.



    Security and Crime

    40 rebels killed as Hesarak clash ends

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Security forces killed more than 40 insurgents and injured another 20 during a clash that broke out a day earlier in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said.



    Security and Crime

    Hashmat’s assassination widely condemned

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The assassination of President Hamid Karzai’s cousin Hashmat Khalil Karzai in a suicide bomb attack at his home in southern Kandahar province a day earlier has been widely condemned.