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    Governance

    Ahmadzai, Abdullah invited to White House

    KABUL/WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): For the first time after the political transition in Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama spoke with his Afghan counterpart Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai over the telephone late on Wednesday.



    Governance

    CASA-1000: Kabul, Islamabad agree on transit fee

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan signed an agreement on electricity transit fees as part of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, known as CASA-1000.



    Business & Economics

    EU to give Afghanistan 1.4b euros in grant

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Friday announced 1.4 billion euros in grant for Afghanistan to help the war-torn country boost development efforts post-2014.



    Business & Economics

    A gloomy Afghan growth projected

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The World Bank (WB) on Monday projected a dismal 1.5 percent growth rate for Afghanistan for the year 2014, attributing this to the uncertainty over political and security transition in the country.



    Culture

    Obama greets Muslims on Hajj, Eidul Adha

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US president Barack Obama on Friday congratulated Muslims over the performance of this year’s sacred Hajj pilgrimage and sent them best wishes for celebrating Eidul Adha.



    Security and Crime

    Delayed BSA has no impact on exit plan: Campbell

     WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The delay in signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) has no impact on the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, a top American military general based in Kabul said on Thursday.



    Governance

    Doing everything to facilitate Afghan transition: Hagel

    WALES, WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday said the United States and its NATO partners were doing everything to facilitate a peaceful transition in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    US slaps sanctions on Taliban financing network

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A Pakistan-based Taliban commander, along with four leaders of a Balochistan hawala network, has been designated as global terrorists by the US because of their terrorist activities inside Afghanistan.



    Governance

    Pentagon violates law in prisoner swap

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pentagon violated federal law by not providing necessary notifications to relevant Congressional committees about the exchange of five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this year, an official report said.