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    MCN claims progress in drug fight

    KABUL (PAN): The cultivation, trafficking and use of illicit drugs remain critical challenges for Afghanistan, with negative social, economic, security and political effects, the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics (MCN) said on Saturday.



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    Special BBC radio programme for Afghans

    KABUL (PAN):  As Afghanistan moves closer to NATO's 2014 withdrawal deadline, the BBC’s service for Afghanistan in Pashto and Dari is mounting a special week of programming in collaboration with local partner radio stations, engaging Afghans in a conversation about their country’s future.



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    Foreign Minister Rassoul to hold talks with Pakistan

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, along with a high-level delegation, would be visiting Islamabad on Friday on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.



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    Canadian embassy denies visa to Afghan opposition leaders

    KABUL (PAN): The Canadian embassy in Kabul refused visa to two Afghan politicians and they were asked to apply at their mission in Islamabad, Pakistan.



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    Embrace peace during Ramadan:UNAMA

    KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged all parties to respect the sanctity of the Ramadan month and allow Afghan families worship in peace.



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    Balloting for haj pilgrims starts in Nangarhar

    JALALABAD (PAN): The Haj and Islamic Affairs department in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday launched a ballot process to select intending pilgrims who would be sent to Saudi Arabia over the next three years.



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    Women’s shelters vital: UNAMA

    KABUL (PAN): The United Nations said on Wednesday that women’ shelters in Afghanistan were vital as they provided safe homes for those in distress and called on the authorities to protect women from violence.



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    Afghanistan elected vice president of UN assembly

    WASHINGTON (PAN): For the third time in five years, Afghanistan has been elected as the vice president for the upcoming United Nations (UN) General Assembly, reflecting the growing recognition of the country at international level.



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    SCO accepts Afghanistan as observer

    KABUL (PAN): The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has decided to grant Afghanistan observer status and accept Turkey as a dialogue partner, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday.



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    UN to continue promoting rights of women, children: Kubis

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The United Nations would continue to protect and promote the rights of Afghan women and children and protect civilians, a top diplomat promised on Sunday.