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09 Jan 2010 description
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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Jan.

25 Nov 2009 description
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NEW DELHI, Nov 25, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved in principle a landmark 47 million U.S. dollar grant for a community-strengthening program aimed at reducing the rapid and alarming spread of HIV and AIDS among men who have sex with men and among transgender people in South Asia, said the United Nations Development Program (UNPD) sources here on Wednesday.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an international financing institution, which has so far committed 18. 4 billion U.S.

07 Nov 2009 description
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BEIJING, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- For children living in peace, war is the stuff of fast-paced action movies or high-adrenaline computer games.

07 Nov 2009 description
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COLOMBO, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka and Australia will commence discussions in Colombo on Monday to strengthen maritime security to curb human trafficking to the Australian soil, Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry sources said on Saturday.

The high profile Australian delegation, including Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and John McCarthy, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's special envoy, will discuss with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama the issue of illegal migration.

Officials from Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said Rudd had a telephone conversation …

26 Oct 2009 description
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DHAKA, Oct 26, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Bangladeshi Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith Monday advised the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to set up the proposed SAARC Food Bank to control rising prices and meet the ever increasing food demands.

Giving priority to ensuring food security, chiefs of central banks of SAARC nations on Monday brainstormed strategies in Bangladesh to fight against hunger through adopting a long-term regional approach, national news agency BSS reported.

Bangladesh Bank organized the seminar on food security …

08 Sep 2009 description
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BEIJING, Sep 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A humanitarian mine-clearing training course for Afghanistan and Iraq sponsored by the Chinese government was inaugurated here Tuesday in Nanjing, capital of the eastern Jiangsu Province.

About 40 military officers from Afghanistan and Iraq are on the two-month course at the University of Science and Technology of the People's Liberation Army in Nanjing, said China's Foreign Ministry.

The ministry said in a press release that the course was a concrete measure of China to actively taking part in international humanitarian …

13 Aug 2009 description
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KABUL, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Work for the construction of first Afghan railway to begin within the next four months, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

The essential project, costing 120 million U.S.

03 Jul 2009 description
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JAKARTA, Jul 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Indonesia will hold a meeting in Bali this month to discuss the issue of refugees who have been flooding to Asia Pacific region on their way to find a rich country to stay, an official told reporters here on Friday.

The meeting called "the Bali Process" will try to discuss the root cause of the refugee flood and to find solution. "The forum will view Myanmar and Afghanistan as the origin countries of the most refugees, among other, to talk about the root cause of the increasing citizens out of their countries.

21 Apr 2009 description
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KABUL, Apr 21, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- One Afghan security guard was killed and three others sustained injures as their car struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghan province of Zabul Monday, official said on Tuesday.

"The gruesome incident happened in Shinki district on Monday evening, all the victims are Afghans working with a local road construction firm," senior police officer Ghulam Jilani told Xinhua.

He blamed the enemy of Afghanistan for the incident, a term used for Taliban insurgents.

In another incident, a roadside bomb struck a car in southern …

19 Apr 2009 description
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CANBERRA, Apr 19, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed to work together closely to stem the flow of boatpeople arriving in Australian waters after a phone talk on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's office said in a statement that Rudd and Susilo agreed the recent influx of boatpeople was due to conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the global financial crisis.

31 Mar 2009 description
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THE HAGUE, March 31 (Xinhua) -- China announced on Tuesday that it would provide 75 million U.S. dollars of aid to Afghanistan in the next five years.

The pledge was announced by China's Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei at an international conference on Afghanistan in The Hague.

Wu said China will continue to provide assistance in areas like capacity building at the request of the Afghan government and will continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to take part in Afghan reconstruction.

He also stressed the need to fight terrorism and to support the Aug.

28 Mar 2009 description
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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has devoted itself to safeguarding regional peace and stability, and is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in solving its problems, Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Song Tao said in Moscow on Friday.

The international community has paid great tribute to the SCO in view of its increasingly important role in regional affairs, said Song, who was attending the Moscow conference on Afghanistan.

It takes the efforts of the Afghan government and people, as well as support from the international community, for the war-ravaged country to resume …

26 Mar 2009 description
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By Abdul Haleem

KABUL, Mar 26, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Continued instability in Afghanistan over the past three decades and international community's failure to pacify the war-torn country underscores the role of neighboring states in resolving the prolonged crisis in this part of the world.

With over 70,000-strong U.S.-led Coalition forces and the NATO- led ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) here since late 2001, however, the world has seen the post-Taliban country being bogged down by escalating violence and riots.

Military failure …

23 Feb 2009 description
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OTTAWA, Feb 23, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Canada on Monday announced it will focus foreign aid to a smaller number of countries or regions, slashing seven Afraican countries off the list of its bilateral aid recipients.

International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda told a press conference in Ottawa that Canada now will provide aid to about 20 countries, down from 25.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he wants to target more Canadian aid to countries in its own geographic backyard, namely in Latin America.

Bilateral aid programs account for just over half …

14 Feb 2009 description
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STOCKHOLM, Feb 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - Norway will provide financial support for the Afghanistan presidential election to ensure there is a larger degree of independence, according to reports reaching here from Oslo on Saturday.

The Norwegian contribution will be 70 million kroner (about 10.3 million U.S. dollars).

14 Feb 2009 description
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KABUL, Feb 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - The government of Afghanistan and the U.S.-led Coalition forces have agreed to work in harmony in order to avoid harming non-combatants, a joint press release issued here Saturday said.

"In an ongoing endeavor to increase partnered operations and develop Afghan capability to defeat terrorists and adversaries the officials have agreed to include more Afghan representatives in the planning and execution of counter-terrorism missions, with more attention to night operations, actions in populated areas and …

29 Jan 2009 description
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KABUL, Jan 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Afghan Defense Ministry on Thursday described civilian casualties as a "huge challenge" laying ahead of the Afghan government and international troops and called for more coordination to overcome the problem.

"The biggest challenge laying ahead us is the civilian casualties as harming civilians discredits both the Afghan government and the international troops," Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said at a press conference attended by NATO and the U.S.

27 Jan 2009 description
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KABUL, Jan 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Afghanistan's Presidential spokesman Hamayon Hamidzada on Tuesday stressed that harming civilians during the military operations against terrorism would not serve the war on terror.

"The government of Afghanistan once again emphasizes that inflicting casualties on civilians would not only erode the trust of people in the war against terrorism, but also damage the support to the government of Afghanistan," Hamidzada told newsmen at a press briefing here.

He made the remarks in the wake of reported killing of …

30 Dec 2008 description
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KABUL, Dec 30, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed two agreements, under which Chinese government would provide a total of 80 million Yuan (about 11 million U.S. dollars) to the war-battered central Asian state.

The agreements were signed here by Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Yang Houlan and Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dafar Spanta.

Under the first agreement, China would provide 50 million Yuan (about 7 million U.S.