KABUL (Reuters) – Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote out of 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by ex-world bank official Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent of the votes it said were not fraudulent.
KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan government has hit back at remarks by the head of NATO who said Kabul must recognize the sacrifices made by other states, calling the alliance’s war on terrorism in Afghanistan “aimless and unwise”.
In the latest outburst of vitriol from the Afghan leadership deriding its Western allies, the spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the people of Afghanistan “ask NATO to define the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror”.
KABUL, March 19 (Reuters) – The Afghan government has hit
back at remarks by the head of NATO who said Kabul must
recognise the sacrifices made by other states, calling the
alliance’s war on terrorism in Afghanistan “aimless and unwise”.
In the latest outburst of vitriol from the Afghan leadership
deriding its Western allies, the spokesman for Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said the people of Afghanistan “ask NATO to define
the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror”.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai could face the same grisly fate as the last Soviet-backed communist ruler by trusting the Taliban as he scrambles to secure a peace deal before NATO troops withdraw, Afghanistan’s main opposition leader said on Tuesday.
“President Karzai is repeating the same mistake and he thinks that Taliban will show him mercy because of his ethnicity,” Ahmad Zia Massoud, leader of the Afghan National Front opposition alliance, told Reuters.
KABUL (Reuters) – Father Giuseppe Moretti’s tiny Catholic Church and his own “Little Vatican” sits behind towering blast-proof walls topped with razor wire, and a guard tower manned by soldiers carrying AK-47 rifles.
From the only Catholic church in Afghanistan, a country seen as the front line in the fight against Islamist militancy, the 75-year-old Italian priest is closely following the conclave at the Vatican to choose the leader of the Catholic Church.
SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to pursue further strategic arms cuts with Russia as part of his broader nuclear disarmament agenda even as he issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West.
Speaking ahead of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul, Obama held out the prospect of new reductions in the U.S. arsenal as he sought to rally world leaders for additional concrete steps against the threat of nuclear terrorism.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday it will hold a special parliamentary session next month during which the reclusive country’s new young leader, Kim Jong-un, is expected to be given a top title aimed at consolidating his grip on power.
The North has planned a series of events next month to mark the centenary of the birth of the state’s founder, Kim Il-sung, including a rare ruling party conference and the controversial launch of a ballistic rocket it says will carry a satellite.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Wednesday world leaders visiting Seoul for a nuclear summit next week will discuss North Korea and Iran’s “illegitimate” atomic activities, angering the North that said such talk would be a “declaration of war”.
Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan told Reuters that while nuclear weapons and proliferation issues were not on the formal agenda at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul from Monday, Iran and North Korea would clearly be key issues on the sidelines.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Monday condemned rival North Korea’s planned rocket launch as a “grave provocation”, saying it was a disguised attempt to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Seoul also extended a security alert in the capital, and said it was concerned the North might follow the ballistic missile launch with another nuclear test.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it will launch a long-range rocket carrying a “working” satellite to mark the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung’s birth next month, sparking condemnation from the United States and others that it was in breach of a U.N. resolution.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the announcement was highly provocative and called upon Pyongyang to honor its obligations including U.N. Security Council resolutions banning ballistic missile launches.