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    Obama invites Afghan-American to Iftaar dinner

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan-American Bassir Caravan on Monday received the rare privilege of being seated with US President Barack Obama at his annual Iftaar dinner at the White House.



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    Afghanistan condemns Gaza incursions

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning Israeli aggression against innocent Palestinians, the government of Afghanistan on Monday called for an immediate halt to attacks on the Gaza Strip.



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    Planning for vote audit has begun: IEC

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said it would begin an extensive audit of all run‐off election results from almost 23,000 polling stations at its headquarters in Kabul.



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    Post-retirement perks for MPs blasted

     BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Civil society activists in central Bamyan province on Monday urged President Hamid Karzai not to sign a bill about “an illegal set of privileges” for members of parliament.



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    Karzai talks to relatives of blast victims

    KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai spoke with family members of victims of a bomb attack in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province over the telephone.



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    MPs blast administrative board as incompetent

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday criticised the house administrative board for failing to hold a general session, which was due to debate a draft law regarding municipalities and a fire incident that gutted nearly 400 oil tankers outside Kabul a week ago.



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    Masood may be named as chief executive

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Change and Continuity team, led by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, indicated on Monday to install ex-president Ahmad Zia Masood as chief executive of the country if it won the ballot.



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    Democracy International to observe vote audit

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The US-based Democracy International (DI) commended Afghanistan’s presidential candidates for their agreement on an audit of all ballots cast in the election, pledging to observe every step of the process and the final announcement of results.



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    Work on women training centre, market begins

    FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The governor's office and the department of women's affairs in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Monday celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Women’s Training Centre and Women’s Market in Faizabad, the provincial capital.