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    Power-sharing essential for unity: Dobbins

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins has said some degree of patronage allocation and power-sharing is going to be essential for a new Afghan government to be formed.



    Governance

    Rasmussen wants security pacts signed by Sept.

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting at the White House.



    Governance

    Talk out issues, Obama asks Ghani, Abdullah

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday phoned the leading presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, stressing the need for political dialogue -- a message he delivered to Dr Abdullah during a previous call.



    Governance

    Obama warns against extra-constitutional steps

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Urging calm and dialogue, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah and cautioned him that any extra-constitutional measures would cost Afghanistan America’s financial and security assistance.



    Governance

    Avoid provocative actions, US urges candidates

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has urged the presidential candidates to cooperate fully with officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and refrain from provocative actions or statements.



    Governance

    Kerry concerned at Balkh governor’s remarks

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok):  US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday expressed grave concern over reports of protests in Afghanistan and suggestions of a parallel government, saying there was no justifiable recourse to violence.



    Governance

    Feldman to replace Dobbins, confirms Kerry

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Daniel Feldman would replace James Dobbins as the Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, announcing that the veteran diplomat was leaving the top diplomatic position.



    Governance

    US, India share interest in Afghanistan: McCain

    WASHINGTON (PAJHWOK): Noting that the United States and India have common interest in Afghanistan, a top Republican Senator, John McCain, has said that the decision of the US President Barack Obama to pull out American troops from this country has security implications on both the US and India.



    Governance

    Kerry urges Karzai to address candidates’ concerns

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry called President Hamid Karzai and urged him to address concerns of rival presidential candidates, following allegations of fraud that could trigger instability.



    Security and Crime

    Lashkar-i-Taiba behind Herat attack: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Wednesday said Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was s responsible for the May 23 terrorist attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat.