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    White House pleased with vote audit process

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Pleased that presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai remain engaged in the audit of ballots, the White House said on Monday it was important for the Afghans to have confidence in their electoral institutions.


    Kerry stresses urgency in accelerating vote audit

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry called both Afghan presidential candidates on Friday to express continued support for the electoral process and a framework agreement for a national unity government agreed during his last visit, an official said on Saturday.


    1,000 more special visas to Afghans extended in US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Congress on Friday passed a legislation extending 1,000 more special visas to Afghan citizens who have been working for the United States, an approval immediately welcomed by Secretary of State John Kerry.


    US praises India’s Afghan development efforts

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday praised India’s developmental activities in Afghanistan as part of New Delhi’s commitment to regional stability.


    Obama stresses acceptance of audit results

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Friday called presidential candidates Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai and Dr. Abdullah to discuss with them the ongoing count of ballots and the need to accept the results. 


    Campbell confirmed as ISAF commander

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US Senate on Thursday confirmed General John F Campbell as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    Business & Economics

    US honours ADB for key Afghan rail project

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has received a US Department of Treasury award for a pioneering rail project in Afghanistan, which is providing a cross-border trade link crucial to the country's post-conflict economy.


    US satisfied with progress in vote audit

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States expressed “broad satisfaction” with the progress made in ballot auditing, saying that given the complexity and unprecedented scope of the effort, it was not surprising that issues arose during the process.       


    US for global firm to take forward TAPI project

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has urged Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to engage an international energy company to take forward the ambitious TAPI gas pipeline project that has the potential to transform the entire region.


    US hopes for govt of national unity in Kabul

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Heartened by several meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai since the agreement on an audit of ballots, the US hoped the election results would lead to the creation of a national unity government.