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    Governors’ conference decisions reviewed

    KABUL (PAN): Under the aegis of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), various sectors, including security organs and the judiciary, held their first technical coordination meeting in Kabul on decisions and pledges held out at a regional conference of governors last week.



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    2 foreign troops killed in Khost explosion

    KABUL (PAN): Two NATO-led troops were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan, The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.



    Sports

    Afghanistan enter SAFF U-16 semifinals

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan marched into the semifinals of the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)’s under-16 football championship in Kathmandu by beating Bhutan 3-1.



    Governance

    CIA closing some secret bases in Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN): Ahead of 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat troops, America’s spy service has begun shutting down its secret bases in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Zero option not in interest of either side: US

    KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador James B. Cunningham has said withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan after 2014 will not be in the interests of either country, downplaying the so-called zero option.



    Governance

    Jalala named as new Kunar governor

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s advisor Shujaul Mulk Jalala was appointed as new governor of eastern Kunar province on Monday, the Office of Administrative Affairs said.



    Security and Crime

    Supreme Group in talks with contractors

    KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Group, supplying NATO-led troops and various diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, on Sunday said it was in negotiations with contractors to resolve disputes.



    Security and Crime

    British army suicides higher than war toll

    KABUL (PAN): Over 50 British troops committed suicide last year after deployment to Afghanistan, where they took part in the war against the Taliban, UK media report on Sunday.



    Governance

    Pakistani Taliban set up base in Syria

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistani insurgents have visited Syria to establish a base and to assess "the needs of the jihad" in the volatile Arab country, BBC reported, saying the facility was set up with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin.



    Governance

    US again pondering over zero option: NYT

    KABUL (PAN): President Barack Obama is again mulling over the zero option and speeding up withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after next year, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.