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    Governance

    Noor conditionally supports talks with Taliban

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Tuesday said peace negotiations with Taliban should not undermine the achievements Afghanistan had made over the past decade.



    Security and Crime

    Roads leading to Hazrat Ali shrine closed

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in northern Balkh province on Monday said the roads leading to the shrine of Caliph Hazrat Ali Shrine have been closed to help visitors enjoy New Year celebrations in a peaceful environment.



    Culture

    Nawroz festival mood in the air

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Local officials say all preparations to mark the colourful  Nawroz festival, Afghan New Year, had been completed and hoped it will be a security risk-free event.



    Education

    Thousands appear in entry test at Balkh University

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thousands of candidates from north and northwestern Afghanistan appeared in an entry test at the Balkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.



    Accidents & Disasters

    Father, son die in Balkh roof cave-in

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two members of a family died and seven others sustained injuries when the roof of their house collapsed in northern Balkh province, officials said on Sunday.



    Security and Crime

    Surrendering Taliban abduct six policemen

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Taliban fighters who recently joined the peace process kidnapped six local policemen and rejoined their ex-comrades in the northern province of Balkh, an official said on Saturday.



    Governance

    Change in govt system legitimate: Noor

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Wednesday said a change in the government system should be brought in accordance with the country's constitution.



    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Jan 11, 2012: Weapons and ammunition recovered from a private security company are displayed in northern Balkh province.
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    Security and Crime

    Private security firm weapons confiscated

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials in northern Balkh province said on Wednesday they had seized weapons and other equipment from a private foreign security company.



    Accidents & Disasters

    4 killed, 50 injured as bus overturns in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and another 50 wounded when a passenger bus overturned on the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.