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Afghans vote again in final test as Taliban threats loom

Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous hist

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US soldier flies to freedom after Afghan prisoner swap

The sole American prisoner of war held in Afghanistan was being flown to a US military hospital in Germany on Sunday, after he was dramatically freed in a swap deal for five Taliban militants who were released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in C

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Agility to provide services for Afghan airports

Kuwaiti logistics group Agility said on Tuesday it will provide services to airports in Afghanistan as part of a joint venture which will make revenues of $200 million over ten years. The contract covers Kabul, Kandahar and Herat

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Taliban launch attack on Kabul airport

Seven Taliban insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the main airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, with explosions and gunfire heard near an area that also houses major foreign military b

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Taliban, US revive talks in Qatar says Karzai

  The Afghan Taliban and the US have been holding talks in Qatar, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday, but the militant group and Washington denied they had resumed dialogue.   The Taliban

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Star on battlefield, felled by affair

David Petraeus was a star on the battlefield, commanding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but was undone by "poor judgment" in engaging in an extramarital affair that led to his downfall as CIA director. Just two days afte

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US army officer faces Afghan murder charges

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing Afghan civilians in a shooting rampage in Kandahar province last week, will be charged with 17 counts of murder, a US official said on Thursday. Earlier accounts of the incident, which h

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Afghan group in Bahrain for arbitration forum

Senior members of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry completed a three-day workshop on arbitration and mediation at the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA). The event was organised in association with the Americ

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KBR wins Iraq, Afghan defence contracts

KBR, a global engineering, construction and services company, said that it has been selected by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to provide life support, vehicle maintenance and healthcare services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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No big shift now in Afghan war strategy: Obama

US President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders he has no plans for any major changes in his Afghanistan war strategy for now, a letter released by the White House showed on Monday. Obama asserted his intention to stick with his a

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