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    NSC approves creation of new local police force

    KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC), at a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, on Wednesday endorsed the establishment ofnew local police force, the Presidential Palace said.



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    Karzai to reveal security transition plan

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai will present his plan for the transition of control of security from international soldiers to Afghans at the Kabul International Conference on July 20, an official said on Wednesday.



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    Number of poppy-free provinces goes up to 23

    KABUL (PAN): Poppy cultivation has been reduced to zero in 23 provinces of Afghanistan, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the world's total opium production, an official said on Wednesday.



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    No blanket clearance to delisting request: Holbrooke

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has ruled out giving blanket clearance to 10 Taliban leaders the Afghan government has asked to have removed from a UN blacklist. However, a top US official said that the names would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.



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    US mission should strengthen ANA: Senators

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Two influential senators have said the sole mission of the United States should be to strengthen the Afghan National Army; which has emerged as the most respected Afghan institution in the post-Taliban era.



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    Afghan MPs decry Malik's statement

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's Interior Minister Rahman Malik's allegation that Afghan militants carried out attacks in the neighbouring country came in for flak from some lawmakers on Tuesday.



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    Reconciliation not at the expense of Afghan women: US

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Reconciliation with the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan cannot be at the expense of the human rights and privileges of the women of the country, the United States said on Monday.



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    Taliban talks may harm women: HRW

    KABUL (PAN): Women's rights should be a priority in any political deal with insurgent forces in Afghanistan, an influential human rights group said on Tuesday.



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    Taliban spurns being behind civilian casualties

    KABUL (PAN): The Taliban militants spurned on Tuesday a report by a human rights watchdog that held the rebel movement responsible for 60 percent of civilian deaths.



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    No new request for Taliban delisting from blacklist: Omar

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would not make any request for the removal 50 Taliban leaders from the UN sanctions list, his spokesman Wahid Omar said Tuesday.