Greece bailout talks: No agreement in Brussels

Greek and eurozone officials have failed to reach an agreement over Greece’s debt crisis, though both sides said there was still hope for a deal. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said seven hours of talks in Brussels had been “constructive”. But they ended without a joint statement to outline procedural steps …

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Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

A deal aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been agreed, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line, but some …

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Karzai lauded for leadership traits

AT-KABUL: The chairman and members of National Welfare Party called on ex-President Hamid Karzai here on Wednesday. They hailed Hamid Karzai for his constructive services over the past 13 years. Muhammad Hassan Jafari, the chairman of the party, termed Karzia as a symbol of pride and a great leader for …

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MoPH vows to augment healthcare services in remote areas

AT-KABUL: Despite the fact that millions of dollars were spent on improvement of healthcare services in the country in past 14 years, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Wednesday that still 50 percent of Afghans are deprived of healthcare services, most of them in remote areas. “We are trying …

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KM vows to improve capital city sewerage system

AT-KABUL: Pledging to improve the sub-standard canalization system in Kabul city, the Kabul Municipality (KM) on Wednesday kicked off work on construction of a drainage system in 10th jurisdiction of the city. “The sanitation system is 1,700 meters in length, and has the capacity of draining huge amount of sewages. …

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Ammunition cache recovered in Paktika

AT-KABUL: Huge ammunition cache belonged to Haqqani network was seized in a raid by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives in eastern Paktika province. The NDS said in a statement on Wednesday that the cache of ammunition included 49 different types of anti-vehicle mines, 500 kilograms of explosives, 30 …

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The blockade of Naray district in Kunar

It feels as if residents of Kunar—an eastern but highly Taliban-infested province, have no saviors. Taliban’s siege and blockade of Naray district of Kunar, is the central pillars of a policy of economic warfare aimed at punishing the entire population of the district for taking up arms against Taliban. Their …

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Afghan delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend TAPI steering committee meeting

AT-KABUL: An Afghan delegation led by the minister of mines and petroleum left for Islamabad to attend the 19th steering committee meeting on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project. Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and India are expected to discuss operational phase of the pipeline project in the meeting on February 11. …

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