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    Strategic pact with Turkey to be inked soon

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government is close to finalising a strategic cooperation agreement with Turkey, the Presidential Palace announced on Wednesday.


    Visiting Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz discussed with Karzai the proposed agreement and other issues of mutual interest.



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    Estonia promises continued security support

    KABUL (PAN): Estonia on Wednesday assured Afghanistan of continued cooperation in areas of security and economic development, the foreign ministry in Kabul said.



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    Rahin, Shahrani fail to satisfy MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Lower house members on Wednesday said they were not satisfied with explanations offered by ministers of information and mines about under-spending development funds in 2011.



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    Senate wants new ID cards issued before polls

    KABUL (PAN): Upper House (Senate) members on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Interior to ensure new electronic ID cards were distributed to the people ahead of the 2014 presidential elections.



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    Karzai: Omar can run for presidency

    KABUL (PAN): Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar could contest the presidential elections, due in 2014, President Hamid Karzai told A German newspaper on Tuesday.



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    FEFA seeks early approval of election law

    KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday asked the Wolesi Jirga to act fast on amendments to laws on polls and structure, duties and powers of poll panels.



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    Pakistan renovating border post on its soil

    ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Tuesday said it had duly informed Afghanistan of its plan regarding the renovation of a border security post on its soil near Nangarhar province.



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    Qatar to open embassy in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Qatar would soon establish its embassy in Kabul, a move that would further strengthen its bilateral relations with Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.



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    Ministers claim spending over 50pc of funds

    KABUL (PAN): Four ministers on Monday appeared before the Wolesi Jirga, lower of parliament, insisting they had utilised more than half of development funds allocated to them in the 2011 annual budget.