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    Khost, Wardak mosques inaugurated

    KABUL/KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): With the completion of construction work, two mosques were formally handed over to the authorities in southeastern Khost and central Maidan Wardak provinces on Saturday, officials said.


    Afghans stun Lahore National Academy

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan under-19 cricketers won their second friendly game by a huge margin against the Pakistanis in the capital of Punjab province as part of preparations ahead of this month’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, an official said on Saturday.


    Karzai, Cameron confer on security deal

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has held a telephonic conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron on various issues of mutual interest, including the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).

    Security and Crime

    Soldiers’ education a top priority: Gen. Azimi

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence on Thursday said it was paying ample attention to Afghan security personnel’s literacy, with tens of thousands of soldiers and policemen having completed such courses.


    Afghanistan shock Green Shirts in Lahore U-19 friendly

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Farid Ahmad Malak’s seven-wicket haul earned Afghanistan under-19 cricket team a stunning victory over Pakistan in a 45 overs friendly game in Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital in Punjab province, on Friday.


    Legal framework: The sooner the better

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Concluding their two-day meeting in Brussels, NATO defence chiefs on Friday said an early agreement with Kabul on troop legal framework post-2014 would be better for the continuation of the alliance’s planning.

    Security and Crime

    Ismail Khan survives life attempt

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province, officials said.


    UAE meeting on Afghan refugees rescheduled

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Arab Emirates will host representatives from the UN, Pakistan and Iran next week to review pilot projects set up to encourage refugees to return to their homes from the neighbouring countries.


    FM to leave for Azerbaijan next month

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Usmani is likely to leave for Azerbaijan next month while President Hamid Karzai is also scheduled to Baku to meet his counterpart in April, an official told an Azeri Press Agency (APA) on Thursday.


    Afghan cricket team off to Sri Lanka

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Led by its captain Mohammad Nabi, the national cricket team on Thursday left for Sari Lanka to attend a month-long training camp there ahead of the ICC Asia Cup and the World Twenty-20 Cup in Bangladesh.