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    Obama creates Afghan-Pak partnership office

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US president Barack Obama has signed an executive order to create a temporary organisation named “Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office” aimed at promoting further security and stabilisation in the two South Asian states.



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    Afghanistan to figure high in Kerry-Aziz talks

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Afghan peace process and often tense relations between Kabul and Islamabad are expected to figure high when US Secretary of State John Kerry will host Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz in Washington later this month.



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    Kabul attack globally condemned

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The international community, including the US and the United Nations, strongly condemned Friday’s terrorist attack that killed 21 people, including foreigners and Afghans, at a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul.



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    Delay in BSA affecting US, allies’ confidence

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Thursday urged President Karzai government to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) as soon as possible, arguing the delay is negatively affecting US and its allies’ confidence in the region.



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    US seeks Afghan economic growth on track

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As the World Bank (WB) projects a sharp decline in Afghanistan economic growth rate in 2013, the US says it is working with the international community to seek sustained assistance to keep the the impoverished country's economy on track post 2014.



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    Obama backs Cameron's Afghan-Pak initiative

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Thursday supported British Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to hold talks with Afghan and Pakistani leaders on establishing peace and stability in the region.



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    US concerned at Afghan narcotics problem

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Top American lawmakers and officials have expressed their concerns over the growing narcotics problem, which they said undermined the overall US mission in Afghanistan.



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    Sharp drop in Afghan growth rate in 2013: WB

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Painting a grim picture of the Afghan economy, the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday estimated the country’s growth rate at 3.1 percent in the year 2013; which is a sharp drop from 14.4 percent in the previous year.



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    Obama has faith in his Afghan strategy

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Defending his Afghanistan’s strategy, which he asserted has been successful so far, US President Barack Obama on Monday said the US would continue a significant presence in the region for the years to come.



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    US denies attempt to defeat Karzai

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama Administration strongly refuted the allegations by the former Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, that US officials in 2009 had tried to interfere in Afghan presidential elections aimed towards the defeat of the incumbent President Hamid Karzai.