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    Ballot audit halted again

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidential election vote audit process was halted yet again on Wednesday morning, a new setback to efforts at concluding the process in time, an official said.



    Security and Crime

    3 killed, 4 wounded in Baghlan clash

    PUL-I-KHUMRY (Pajhwok): Three people were killed and four others wounded during a gunbattle in the Nahrain district of northern Baghlan province, an official said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Afghan leaders need hard compromise: Obama

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Amidst a lingering dispute over the auditing of votes, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the leaders of Afghanistan needed to make hard compromise for the sake of their country's future and security.



    Education

    129 Afghans to study in Japan varsities

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Embassy of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have agreed to send 129 civil servants to Japan this year for earning Master's degrees.



    Governance

    NATO-led ISAF leadership changes hands

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Leadership of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) changed hands at a well-attended ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday.



    Governance

    BSA vital to US presence in Afghanistan: Dempsey

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted the importance of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan as he oversaw the change of command ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday.



    Governance

    Unity govt: thorny issues discussed

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Both presidential runners Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah went into a meeting with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday night.



    Women,Business & Economics

    Minister decries costly wedding parties

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Huge spending on dowry and mourning ceremonies have forced many families into sending their sons abroad or indulging into hard work to bear the costs, participants of a conference said on Tuesday.



    Governance

    UK to renew Afghan aid vow at Wales

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy British ambassador on Tuesday said his country would renew its commitment to continuously supporting Afghanistan at next month’s NATO summit in Wales.



    Governance

    Campbell leadership comes at defining moment: Hagel

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As General John Campbell assumes command of International Assistance Security Force (ISAF), US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday said his leadership came at a defining moment in Afghanistan.