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  • Pakistani forces rescue Ajmal Khan

    2014-08-29

    PESHAWAR – Pakistani security forces August 28 rescued Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan August 28 after almost four years of captivity, media reported. Militants abducted Ajmal September 8, 2010, in Peshawar and kept him in North Waziristan Agency, Geo News reported. Forces rescued Ajmal in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, officials said.

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  • Quetta militants kill 3 men, including 2 journalists

    2014-08-29

    QUETTA – Unidentified armed assailants August 28 killed two journalists and another media worker in Quetta, media reported. The gunmen shot Online News Agency bureau chief Irshad Ahmed Mastoi, who was also the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) general secretary, reporter Ghullam Rasool and accountant Mohammed Younus in their office on Jinnah Road, SAMAA reported.

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  • Awaran attack kills 6 Zikri sect members

    2014-08-29

    QUETTA – Unidentified gunmen in Balochistan Province August 28 attacked a Zikri sect worship place, killing six people and wounding seven others, Dawn reported. Armed assailants entered the worship place in Awaran District and opened fire on the worshippers, officials said.

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  • Ghor clashes kill 36 militants, 9 policemen

    2014-08-29

    FEROZKOH, Afghanistan – On-going clashes between police and militants in Pasaband District, Ghor Province, killed at least 36 militants and nine policemen, provincial Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati said August 28. The shootout started August 27 when hundreds of insurgents stormed the Sangan area, Rahmati said. The governor asked for reinforcements, saying that the province already l...

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  • Afghan presidential inauguration impossible by September 2, UN tells Karzai

    2014-08-29

    KABUL – The new Afghan president is unlikely to take office by the planned date of September 2, as workers will be unable to finish re-counting the votes from the June 14 run-off, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported August 28. UN envoy Ján Kubiš informed President Hamid Karzai about the delay, saying that the audit should be complete September 10, Karzai's office said. Ka...

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  • Nuristan High Peace Council chairman killed in Kabul

    2014-08-29

    KABUL – Nuristan High Peace Council (HPC) chairman Haji Abdul Halim August 28 was gunned down in Kabul, Khaama Press reported. Halim was a former commander in Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan, the group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Unidentified armed men on a motorcycle targeted Halim while he was returning from the mosque after evening prayers, according to HPC Nuristan members. Althoug...

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  • Roshan Afghan Premier League football kicks off in Kabul

    2014-08-29

    KABUL – The third edition of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL), a football league, kicked off August 28 in Kabul as defending champion Shaheen Asmayee (Kabul) soundly beat Da Abaseen Sapee (eastern Afghanistan) 5-1 in the opening match, TOLO News reported. The winning side was leading 2-1 in the first half and scored three more goals in the second half. Eight regional teams ...

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  • Saudi Airlines resumes Peshawar flights

    2014-08-29

    PESHAWAR – Saudi Airlines August 28 resumed services to and from Peshawar after a two-month hiatus, Dawn reported August 29. The airline June 25 suspended its service from Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA), after militants June 24 opened fire on a Pakistan International Airlines flight, killing a passenger and injuring two crew members. After resumption of service, the f...

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  • Tajiks learn to identify forged travel documents

    2014-08-29

    DUSHANBE – A total of 22 Tajik law enforcement officers, including four women, August 29 completed a week-long course on how to identify forged travel documents, the OSCE said in a statement. The officers from the foreign and interior ministries, Border Troops and Customs Service "studied the structure and nature of security features on travel documents, commonly-used falsification ...

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  • Afghan, Tajik border guards finish OSCE-UNDP joint course

    2014-08-29

    DUSHANBE – Twenty Afghan and Tajik border officers August 28 completed a 10-day border management awareness course, the OSCE said in a statement. The OSCE and UNDP co-organised the OSCE Border Management Staff College course, which was meant to improve Afghan and Tajik border guards' knowledge of "international standards and procedures for passport control, detection of imposters and...

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  • Turkmenistan announces 1%, 30-year housing loans

    2014-08-29

    ASHGABAT – Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov recently simplified the process for obtaining low-interest housing loans, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan said in an August 27 statement. A resolution that he signed calls for the issuance of 30-year, 1%-annual-interest loans to those seeking to buy an apartment or to build a private house. The loans have a five-year grace...

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  • Tajiks destroy more than 30,000 hemp bushes

    2014-08-29

    DUSHANBE – Tajik Drug Control Agency (AKN) agents recently destroyed about 30,000 wild hemp bushes in B. Gafurov District, Sughd Oblast, the AKN press office said in an August 28 statement. Agents found the bushes growing on 0.8ha of land, the AKN said. On the same day, they destroyed 3,000 wild hemp bushes on 0.2ha of land in Buni village, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. ...

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  • Astana, Aktobe lose in Europa League play-offs

    2014-08-29

    VILLARREAL, Spain – FC Astana August 28 lost to host Villarreal CF 4-0 in Europa League play-off action. Luciano Vietto (two goals), Bruno Soriano (penalty kick) and Nahuel Leiva scored. Meanwhile in Poland, host team Legia Warsaw slammed visiting FC Aktobe 2-0. Michał Kucharczyk and Ivica Vrdoljak scored. With those victories, Villarreal and Legia swept their opponents in th...

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  • Kyrgyz review anti-corruption measures

    2014-08-29

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev August 28 convened a cabinet meeting to discuss the Economy Ministry's recent study on the scale of, causes of and ways to fight corruption, the government press office said in a statement. Economy Minister Temir Sariyev and relevant department heads attended the meeting. The study, conducted by CAIConsulting as part of a World Bank p...

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  • Turkmen schools admit 110,000 1st-graders

    2014-08-29

    ASHGABAT – Turkmen elementary schools will admit more than 110,000 first-graders this autumn, significantly more than last year, Education Ministry official Annagul Atakova told Central Asia Online August 27. The first-graders will receive free notebook computers that cost about US $30m (85.5m TMT), she added. She attributed the surge in school enrolment to government incentives to i...

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