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Jan 23, 2011

Karzai rows back to end crisis over parliament

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday abandoned his decision to delay the inauguration of parliament by a month, lawmakers said, bowing to heavy domestic and international pressure to end days of political turmoil.

Karzai struck a last-minute deal with representatives to open the session on Wednesday, just three days after the originally planned January 23 ceremony.

Jan 22, 2011

Karzai strikes deal with lawmakers to avert crisis

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday struck a deal with lawmakers to allow the inauguration of parliament next week, ending a standoff that had thrown the country into political turmoil.

Lawmakers, furious with a presidential decree postponing the Jan. 23 inauguration, had threatened to meet at parliament on Sunday, with or without Karzai. After marathon talks the president offered to convene the assembly on Wednesday.

Jan 22, 2011

Karzai and MPs in talks to stave off parliament chaos

KABUL (Reuters) – Defiant Afghan lawmakers met President Hamid Karzai Saturday for last minute talks to stave off a showdown over when to open parliament that has brought political turmoil and fears of street violence to Kabul.

Karzai announced Wednesday that he would delay the inauguration of the legislature by a month, to allow a special election court he established to continue fraud probes into the September 18 poll.

Jan 19, 2011

Karzai delays Afghan parliament to allow more fraud probes

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a one month delay to the inauguration of parliament after a special election court asked for more time to look into fraud allegations, his office said Wednesday.

Karzai promised there would be no delay beyond the new February 22 target for forming the assembly, but by then Afghanistan will have been without a parliament for more than five months.

Jan 19, 2011

Karzai delays parliament to allow more fraud probes

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a one month delay to the inauguration of parliament after a special election court asked for more time to look into fraud allegations, his office said on Wednesday.

Karzai promised there would be no delay beyond the new February 22 target for forming the assembly, but by then Afghanistan will have been without a parliament for more than five months.

Dec 21, 2010

ISAF denies news report of raids into Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) – A senior official for the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday strongly denied a report in The New York Times that the United States was considering expanding Special Forces raids into Pakistan.

Tensions between the United States and Pakistan are already strained despite months of strategic dialogue aimed at upgrading the relationship — and billions of dollars in aid for development and relief from devastating floods.

Dec 9, 2010

U.S. Chamber of Commerce opens in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – The American Chamber of Commerce has opened an office in Kabul, aiming to show investors that there is money to be made in Afghanistan, despite its security problems and corruption.

At a lunch in Kabul’s five-star Serena hotel on Thursday, U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry chatted with a former Central Bank governor and businesspeople working in bottled water, logistics and commercial law.

Dec 5, 2010

Afghanistan shakes up mining sector for transparency

KABUL, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s mining minister says
he has shaken up a “Soviet-era” mentality of compulsive secrecy,
shed some of his staff and drawn up the ministry’s first
business plan in a bid to create a more accountable industry.

Washington and its allies believe that Afghanistan
developing its vast untapped mineral wealth is its surest path
to economic self-reliance, but projects have been held up in the
past by corruption and red tape. Cleaning out the mining
ministry has been a priority for international donors.

Dec 3, 2010
Dec 3, 2010

Karzai seen as weak by U.S., own cabinet: WikiLeaks

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s own inner circle considers him weak and sometimes unscrupulous, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show, a domestic vote of no confidence that may be more damaging than foreign criticisms.

Karzai, known to be sensitive about his team’s loyalty, is likely to be infuriated by the idea of his cabinet discussing his flaws, making deals behind his back and sharing concerns with a U.S. embassy considered highly critical of his rule.

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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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