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  • Kabul demonstrators denounce Taliban after Ghor massacre

    2014-07-29

    KABUL – Several hundred Afghans July 27 demonstrated in Kabul to denounce Taliban brutality, media reported. Several of the demonstrators carried placards with the words "The Taliban are the enemy of humanity." Other protests took place in several Afghan provinces. The demonstrations came three days after the Taliban killed 14 Hazaras in Ghor Province. Taliban gunmen late Jul...

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  • 6 killed in attack on former KP minister's house

    2014-07-29

    LOWER DIR, Pakistan – Unidentified militants July 29 attacked the guest house of former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) minister Baidar Bakht Khan in the Chak Dara area of Lower Dir, killing six people including his brother and two policemen and wounding four, media reported. Khan once served as the KP minister of labour and manpower. He is a Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) member.

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  • Pakistanis celebrate Eid

    2014-07-29

    KARACHI – The majority of Muslims in Pakistan July 29 celebrated Eid ul Fitr with traditional zeal and religious fervour, according to the official moon sighting committee's announcement, media reported. Special security arrangements protected Eid congregations and at places for recreation across the country. Pakistanis in some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal regions c...

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  • KP government to set up 1,000 primary schools

    2014-07-29

    PESHAWAR – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government plans to set up 1,000 primary schools in areas that lack public schools, Dawn reported July 29. The plan's goal is to help children who live too far from existing schools, Dawn reported officials as saying. The schools will be a stopgap measure until more educational institutions can be built. The project's estimated cost is Rs...

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  • Suicide blast kills Karzai's cousin

    2014-07-29

    KANDAHAR – A suicide bombing in Dand District, Kandahar Province, July 29 killed Hashmat Karzai, a Kandahar provincial council member and cousin of President Hamid Karzai, TOLO News reported. The attacker hid the bomb in his turban and entered Hashmat Karzai's house and blew himself up while greeting Karzai during Eid, governor's spokesman Dawa Khan Meenapal said. No group has...

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  • Nangarhar militants battle troops

    2014-07-29

    NANGARHAR, Afghanistan – Taliban militants in Hesarak District, Nangarhar Province, July 29 launched a major offensive against security check-posts, media reported. The violence erupted early in the day when more than 500 insurgents attacked security check-posts, TOLO News reported Nangarhar Police Chief Fazl Ahmad Shirzad as saying. Both sides suffered casualties, he said. Officia...

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  • Herat roadside blast kills soldier, injures 2 others

    2014-07-29

    HERAT, Afghanistan – A roadside bomb in Adraskan District, Herat Province, July 27 killed one Afghan soldier and wounded two others, officials said July 28. A roadside bomb ripped through a security vehicle in the Mirala area, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

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  • Afghan security forces kill 6 insurgents, capture a Taliban commander

    2014-07-29

    KABUL – Afghan security forces killed six militants, wounded six others and captured a commander of the insurgents in operations July 27, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release. Afghan National Army personnel carried out the operation in Kandahar, Helmand and Nangarhar provinces. Security forces also confiscated various weapons during the operation.

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  • Uzbekistan to require garbage sorting

    2014-07-29

    TASHKENT – A July 15 Uzbek government resolution will require the country to institute mandatory garbage sorting, Gazeta.uz reported July 26. It did not specify when the sorting would begin. The resolution applies to all consumers and trash-handling companies nationwide. It requires sorting of solid garbage into eight categories, including plastics, metals, glass and paper.

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  • Tajikistan destroys more than 900,000 hemp bushes

    2014-07-29

    KHUJAND, Tajikistan – Officials from various Tajik law enforcement and security agencies recently discussed the results of Operation Kuknor (Poppy)-2014 so far, Avesta.tj reported July 29, citing Drug Control Agency (AKN) Sughd Oblast chief Muzaffar Khotamov. Achievements include the destruction of more than 900,000 hemp bushes in Sughd Oblast, he said. Operation Kuknor runs every y...

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  • Kazakh militant sniper killed in Iraq

    2014-07-29

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi troops recently killed a Kazakhstani sniper who was fighting alongside Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Diyala Province, Aswat al-Iraq reported July 23, citing an authorised Iraqi military spokesman. Special Iraqi forces parachuted into the area to eliminate the sniper, who used the alias Aba al-Safra, the spokesman said. He had killed troops i...

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  • Turkmenistan to build gas-to-gasoline conversion plant

    2014-07-29

    ASHGABAT – Turkmenistan is working on a plan to build a natural-gas-to-gasoline conversion plant in Akhal Oblast, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan said in a July 25 statement. The plant is expected to convert 1.8 billion cu. metres of natural gas per year into 600,000 tonnes of gasoline, the statement said, adding that the Japan Bank for International Co-operation would help fi...

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  • Kyrgyz PM orders south to prepare for autumn, winter cold

    2014-07-29

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev late last week convened a meeting of relevant ministers and others to discuss the south's preparations for heating in autumn and winter, the government press office said in a statement. It is imperative for Osh and Jalal-Abad oblasts to prepare thoroughly for the cold season because the south has no gas, Otorbayev said. A water short...

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  • Afghans, Turkmens discuss infrastructure building

    2014-07-29

    ASHGABAT – An Afghan delegation July 25 discussed plans for Afghan-Turkmen co-operation in building infrastructure, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Ideas include an Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia transport and transit corridor. Turkmenistan earlier had experienced interest in joining work on a planned Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (Turkey) railway, Trend.az report...

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