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    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Dec 23, 2013: A view of the petroleum refinery in Hairatan, belongs to Ghazanfar group in northern Balkh province.
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    MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Dec 17, 2013: Art pieces being displayed during a two-day exhibition “Freedom of Intention” in northern Balkh province.
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    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Dec 15, 2013: Muneer Farhad, deputy Balkh governor, during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.

    Social

    Violence against women down in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): There have been fewer incidents of violence against women this year in northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.



    Security and Crime

    Key Taliban figure detained in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security official on Monday said a key Taliban figure involved in recruiting militants had been arrested in northern Balkh province.



    Security and Crime

    No security threat to elections in north

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in the northern zone on Sunday said there was no security threat to next year’s presidential and provincial elections.



    Governance

    PC runners question disqualification

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Rejected provincial council candidates from Balkh on Saturday complained the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had not assigned them convincing reasons for their disqualification.



    Governance

    9 women in run for provincial councils in north

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Election officials said on Monday they had registered 66 individuals, including nine women, as candidates for provincial council elections, slated for April 2014, in the five provinces in the northern zone.



    Sports

    Footballers receive more cash awards in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Businessmen and government officials in northern Balkh province on Tuesday awarded the football team with more than eight million afghanis in cash for winning the nation’s first international trophy in the sport.



    Accidents & Disasters

    Deadly mine collapse linked to negligence

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The coalmine collapse in northern Samangan province was the result of carelessness on the part of engineers and experts, an official said on Monday.