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Suicide car bomb targets foreign convoy in central Kabul

09/16/2014 04:50 GMT

KABUL, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a convoy carrying foreign troops in Kabul on Tuesday, triggering a massive blast that shook the city, causing an unknown number of casualties.

At the side of the road, foreign troops gave first-aid to some blood-stained fellow soldiers from the convoy, but the nationality of those involved was unclear.

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'Breakthrough' in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman

09/15/2014 16:40 GMT

by Benjamin SHEPPARD

KABUL, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a "breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have been wrangling over a power-sharing deal after the June 14 election was engulfed in allegations of massive fraud that have threatened to spark instability as NATO troops pull out of the country.

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Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 31 | 01 - 31 August 2014

Based on the current rate of construction, even assuming the necessary funding is obtained, 2,500 families, whose houses were destroyed in the April floods, won't have appropriate shelter during the winter.

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IOM Afghanistan: North Waziristan Displacement Response (11 September 2014)

Military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have displaced tens of thousands of families on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The majority of the families have been displaced into Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika ,provinces. IOM is responding to the needs of Afghan families who have returned from North Waziristan. On 17 August 30 Afghan families (233 individuals) displaced from North Waziristan were assessed in Kabul province. All of the families .identified Kabul as their province of origin

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South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

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The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April.

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UN completes requested audit role in presidential election results

KABUL, 14 September 2014 – Following the final decision-making session held today by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) on findings from audited ballot boxes, the United Nations welcomes the completion of the nationwide audit of ballots cast in the country’s 14 June presidential elections run-off.

According to their respective mandates and responsibilities, the relevant Afghan electoral institutions will next hear complaints regarding the audit findings and certify and announce the final result.

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Saudi Arabia aid distributed among 1800 families in Helmand

The assistance provided by Saudi Arabia has been distributed among more than 1800 displaced families in Helmand province.

In a statement released by the ministry for refugees and repatriation affairs yesterday said that the assistance includes seven food and non food items had been distributed among those people who had left their houses due to conflicts between militants and security forces in coordination between the ministry of refugees and repatriation and the Saudi Arabian Embassy to Kabul.

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Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court

09/13/2014 07:19 GMT

COLOMBO, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said Saturday.

Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that Sri Lanka is in breach of its international obligations, lawyer Lakshan Dias told AFP.

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It's Not All Fear and Loathing in Kabul

Michael Kugelman

These days, it's easy to assume the worst about Afghanistan's interminable election crisis.

Both presidential candidates believe they won the election, and neither wants to back down. And on some levels, it's hard to blame then. The preliminary run-off results placed Ashraf Ghani far ahead, and his election staff -- who tout the heavy campaigning they undertook before the second round of voting, particularly in Pashtun areas -- expects him (as most observers do) to eventually be declared the winner.

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NATO engages with civil society on Children and Armed Conflict

NATO met Thursday [11 September] with senior representatives of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers initiative and the United Nations (UN) Institute for Training and Research to discuss ways of improving the protection of children in armed conflicts.

“The question of Children and Armed Conflict needs to be regarded as a security problem”, Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, stressed.

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UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deportations and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers

UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka started its special operation on 9 June this year. It came to a halt on 15 August, but resumed on 3 September.

UNHCR has learnt that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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UN senior official meets presidential candidates, urges cooperation

11 September 2014 - To underscore the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a successful conclusion to Afghanistan’s presidential election process, the world body’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, today paid a brief visit to Kabul, where he met with the country’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

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Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.

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UNAMA expresses condolences for airstrike victims in Kunar province

KABUL, 11 September 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its condolences to the families of the civilians killed and injured in airstrikes in the country’s eastern province of Kunar yesterday.

According to initial reports, at least eight civilians were killed and another ten injured – mainly women and children – in a military operation conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the remote Badel valley area of Kunar’s Narang district.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief August 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 External needs in FEB. ?

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Bulgaria provides humanitarian aid for Afghanistan landslide victims, 5 Sep 2014

The ceremony of providing humanitarian aid from the Republic of Bulgaria to the population of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan took place on 3 September on the territory of the Kandahar airfield. The aid was granted with a decree of the Council of Ministers as of 11 June 2014 in relation to the tragic incident of 2 May 2014 in the Badakhshan province.

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Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UN call for efforts to strengthen suicide prevention in Afghanistan

World Suicide Prevention Day was marked today at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) at an event jointly organized by the Ministry of Public Health, MoWA, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’, reflecting the importance of connections at several levels to combat suicide. Over 800,000 people die by suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group globally.