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    Pajhwok Afghan News Sms Alert

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan election commission (IEC) on Sunday announced 50 percent results from the April 5 presidential race, showing Abdullah Abdullah’s lead has slightly increased over his main rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, but both seem heading for a runoff next month.

    Apr 21, 2014 - 01:35

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Appointed by President Hamid Karzai, an investigation team on Sunday arrived from Kabul in southern Kandahar province and held talks with local officials, including the governor, as part their probe into the alleged presence of a NATO-run jail at the Kandahar International Airport.


    335 NATO bases given in Afghan control

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 335 military bases have been handed over to the Afghan forces by their foreign counterparts across Afghanistan so far, the Military Bases Transition Commission head said on Sunday.


    Thousands of votes in Herat cancelled

    HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had cancelled about 100,000 votes cast at 27 polling stations in western Herat province.


    The country’s deaddiction centres are not able to keep up with the spiraling drug abuse. With nearly 1.6 million addicts including children and women the rampant use of an assortment of drugs has...


    TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The education director said on Thursday 47 schools remained closed this academic year due to various reasons including insecurity and lack of buildings in central Uruzgan...

    Security and Crime

    Kandahar candidate gunned down in Quetta

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A provincial council candidate in southern Kandahar province has been gunned down by unknown assailants in the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said on Sunday.


    Senators ask govt to shut Iranian charities

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Angrily reacting to the reported execution of six more Afghans on death row in Iran, some Meshrano Jirga or the upper house of parliament members on Sunday asked the government to shut down Iranian charity and other organisations in Afghanistan.

    Security and Crime

    7 injured by bomb on Agriculture Ministry bus

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb exploded on a Ministry of Agriculture bus on the Kabul-Logar Highway in Kabul on Sunday morning, injuring seven people, police said.


    Mullah Mutasim arrives in Kabul from Dubai

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A veteran Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim arrived in Kabul on Saturday afternoon from Dubai, an official said, about two weeks after the peace negotiator had gone missing in the UAE.


    Entry test complaints being probed: Obaid

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Higher Education Minister Obaidullah Obaid on Sunday said an investigation into objections raised against irregularities during the university entrance test last fall had been opened.

    Security and Crime

    Pakistan to probe life bid on Hamid Mir

    ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Pakistani government on Sunday decided to constitute a three-member judicial commission to probe the murder attempt on leading journalist Hamid Mir, announcing 10 million rupees in reward for information leading to the arrest of attackers.

    Accidents & Disasters,Health

    Dozens of children displaced by floods fall ill

    TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Dozens of children suffering from various diseases erupted in the northern Takhar province in the aftermath of continuous downpours and flash floods that left hundreds of families displaced.


    Ballot boxes in 26 Balkh sites found suspicious

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had recommended placing under quarantine ballot boxes of 26 polling centres in northern Balkh province.


    8 Farah officials fined over electoral fraud

    FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Two district police chiefs and six Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers have been fined for committing fraud during the April 5 elections in western Farah province, an official said Sunday.


    92 ballot boxes quarantined; 11 officials fined

    KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 92 ballot boxes have been quarantined and 11 officials including two provincial council candidates and nine Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers fined on charges of elections fraud in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Sunday.

    Security and Crime

    2 policemen, 13 rebels killed in Qaisar clash

    MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Two policemen and 13 militants were killed and nine others, including civilians, have been wounded in a fierce clash for control of the Shakh Bazaar area in Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said Sunday.