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    Governance

    Drawdown plan unchanged: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Tuesday ruled out any change in its drawdown plan from Afghanistan in the aftermath of the brazen terrorist attack on a Peshawar school.



    Reconstruction

    USAID plans launching new programmes

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to launch three new programmes focused on women’s situation, good governance and municipality services in several provinces.



    Governance

    Strategic deal to be enforced, hopes White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Welcoming the Senate confirmation of Peter Michael McKinley as next US ambassador to Afghanistan, the White House on Wednesday said it looked forward to him implementing the strategic partnership with the new Afghan government.



    Social

    CIA’s torture of detainees called brutal

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Senate on Tuesday accused the CIA of using brutal but ineffective techniques in interrogating detainees during the Bush administration.



    Governance

    Anti-Pakistani rallies staged in US, UK

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan citizens held anti-Pakistan rallies in the US, Canada and the UK, demanding an immediate halt to Islamabad’s interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.



    Governance

    Hagel arrives in Kabul on surprise visit

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived on an unannounced trip in Kabul on Saturday. The Pentagon also tweeted Hegel had reached Kabul.



    Governance,Women

    Envoy: US encourages EVAW law enforcement

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Ambassador in Kabul on Wednesday said his country encouraged enforcement of the law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) as essential legal instrument to combat gender-based violence in Afghanistan and end impunity.



    Security and Crime

    Obama expands Afghan combat mission

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has quietly issued guidelines allowing American forces to target Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan and conduct air support for Afghan operations when needed post-2014.



    Governance

    ‘US needs sustained aid to Afghanistan’

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States needs to sustain its financial and security assistance to Afghanistan to ensure lasting peace and stability in the war-torn country, a President Obama confident has said.



    Governance

    Haqqanis threat to regional security, US reminds Pakistan

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US on Wednesday reminded Pakistan that the Haqqani network was as much a threat to regional security as any other terrorist group.