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  • Laghman clashes kill 8 militants

    2014-04-17

    LAGHMAN, Afghanistan – At least eight militants and two Afghan troops died in clashes in Alinagar District, Laghman Province, spokesman Sarhadi Zhwak said April 16. Afghan forces conducted a clearing operation in several villages on the district's outskirts after receiving a tip about the militants' presence. A Taliban commander was among the eight dead while four other militants were ...

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  • NDS operative arrested in Maryam Koofi attack case

    2014-04-17

    KABUL – Police arrested a National Directorate of Security employee April 16 in connection with the attack on Afghan parliamentarian Maryam Koofi, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. Unidentified gunmen shot and injured the parliamentarian April 15 in Arya Township. She represents Takhar Province in the parliament's lower chamber (Wolesi Jirga). Authorities did not disclose the ...

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  • Zabul roadside blast kills 2 children

    2014-04-17

    ZABUL, Afghanistan – A roadside blast in Shahr-e-Safa District, Zabul Province, killed two children and wounded six other civilians April 15, police said. The incident took place when a civilian vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), provincial police chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said. No group has claimed responsibility, Khaama Press reported.

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  • Taliban kill 4 abducted policemen

    2014-04-17

    MAIDAN WARDAK, Afghanistan – Militants in Maidan Wardak Province recently killed four abducted Afghan policemen, media reported April 17. Militants April 15 kidnapped the police on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Asadbad District, security officials said.

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  • BDS defuses 8kg bomb in Peshawar

    2014-04-17

    PESHAWAR – Security personnel recently prevented a terror attack in Peshawar by defusing a bomb, SAMAA reported April 17. Unidentified militants planted a roadside bomb in the Matani area, but police discovered it and summoned the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS). The 8kg bomb was placed in a pressure cooker and could have caused substantial damage, the BDS said.

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  • PHF appoints new hockey coaches, chief selector

    2014-04-17

    LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) appointed a new chief selector and coaches for the country's junior and senior field hockey teams April 16, media reported. Federation officials appointed Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh and Manzoor-ul-Hassan as head coaches for the senior and junior national teams, respectively, the PHF said. Former Pakistani captain Islahuddin Siddiqui will ...

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  • Karimov signs Uzbek bill transferring some powers to PM, cabinet

    2014-04-17

    TASHKENT – Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed a law April 16 transferring some presidential powers to the cabinet and prime minister, Fergana News reported. The law appeared in the newspaper Narodnoye Slovo April 17, signifying that it had taken effect. It authorises the prime minister to nominate oblast governors and the Tashkent mayor, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) re...

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  • World Bank aids Kazakh green development

    2014-04-17

    ASTANA – World Bank (WB) assistance has helped Kazakhstan steer a greener path in industrial development, the WB said in an April 16 statement. Under the Joint Economic Research Programme, a WB and Kazakhstani government project, the WB has given advice on modernising air quality management and on reforming regulations to increase business compliance. Kazakhstan modernised 60% of it...

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  • Kyrgyz to fight livestock diseases

    2014-04-17

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz First Vice-Prime Minister Tayyrbek Sarpashev conducted a working meeting April 16 on the country's spring vaccination of cattle, sheep and goats, according to the government press office. The State Inspectorate of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety failed to stockpile livestock vaccines for this year's vaccination campaign, Sarpashev said. It is expecting a delivery...

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  • Bunyodkor defeats Al Fateh in AFC Champions League 3-2

    2014-04-17

    TASHKENT – Home team FC Bunyodkor April 16 overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat visiting Saudi team Al Fateh 3-2 in Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League action. Oleg Zoteyev, Vokhid Shodiyev and Alibobo Rakhmatullayev scored for the victors, with Doris Fuakuputu and Hamdan Al Hamdan scoring for Al Fateh. "We made some changes after Al Fateh's second goal, and that proved ...

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  • Rakhmon declares 2014 Tajik 'year of mass football'

    2014-04-17

    DUSHANBE – Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon April 8 decreed 2014 the 'year of mass football' in Tajikistan, the country's football federation said in an April 16 statement. The decree is meant to publicise a healthy way of life and to further promote the sport's popularity among the public. Rakhmon ordered the football federation and the Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs ...

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