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Uzbekistan intends to build second railway in Afghanistan

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:38:25 GMT

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector CONTACT US E-MAIL: PHONES: + 994 12 437 18 46 Azad Abdulrahimzade: +994 50 669-48-84 Aybeniz Askerova: +994 50 677-42-28 Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov discussed the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Herat railway in Kabul. "The project has been evaluated," Kuchkarov said.

Afghanistan Searches for Answers to Deadly Hotel Attack

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:11:43 GMT

The deadly assault on the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul over the weekend, which devastated one of Afghanistan's three main airlines with the killing of many of its foreign pilots, has exposed again how vulnerable the city is to militant attacks. Even in a country long inured to violence, the attack by five gunmen dressed in army uniforms shocked people, with questions raised about how they were able to penetrate security at one of the capital's most prominent buildings.

Afghanistan struggles to maintain a treacherous mountain trade route

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:34:29 GMT

The road that traverses this lofty mountain pass is the only direct route between Kabul and Afghanistan's northern provinces. Since the age of Alexander the Great, it also has been the main trade route between South and Central Asia.

Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:52:27 GMT

Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel recounted on Monday the ordeal of the deadly, 13-hours-long weekend standoff that claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners. The siege ended on Sunday with Afghan security forces saying they had killed the last of six Taliban militants who stormed the hotel in suicide vests late the previous night, looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill.

Robert Gates now says he opposed Obama timeline to pull troops from Afghanistan

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:25:49 GMT

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he argued against President Barack Obama's Afghanistan war strategy that set dates for the drawdown of U.S. troops. He supports a decision by President Donald Trump to end such timelines.

Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:34:49 GMT

Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years - since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader. attacks.

Up to 1,000 more U.S. troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:34:48 GMT

The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on the proposals for the new forces, which are part of a broader strategy to bolster Afghan forces so that they can pound the Taliban during the upcoming fighting season.

Fire crews battling grass fire near Burk

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:21:48 GMT

An Afghan official says that at least five civilians have been killed after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. An Afghan official says that at least five civilians have been killed after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul.

Greek demonstrators protest Macedonia 'taking their name'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:50:52 GMT

Moment a mother who left her daughter, 4, to die in a scalding bath that made her skin 'melt off' is arrested with her boyfriend for the brutal crime Lindsey Graham anticipates a 'breakthrough' in funding negotiations that could end the government shutdown TONIGHT as he claims to have brought five Democrats 'on board' Bitter ex-husband of late New York City sculptor left her work 'to rot at a drab Long Island gas station' after her cancer death in 2016 'He had a tremendous amount of passion': Parents of the Ivy League sophomore 'murdered by a white supremacist friend' pay tribute to their slain son 'There was blood everywhere': Woman dies after falling from her balcony on a Carnival cruise and landing several decks below - a year after man, 24, died when he fell overboard the same ship 'It's all guesswork': Scarlett Johansson under fire for eviscerating James Franco at the LA Women's ... (more)

The Latest: 2 Venezuelan pilots killed in Kabul hotel attack

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:16:59 GMT

Two Venezuelan pilots were among the foreigners killed in the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, a family member has told The Associated Press. Luis Figuera says that his brother-in-law, Adelsis Ramos, a pilot for the Afghan airline KAM, was killed with Pablo Chiossone, who also worked for the company.

Man and women arrested after body found in garden

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:58:01 GMT

Malia Obama is spotted smiling and chatting with her upper class British boyfriend who enjoys a cigarette in New York 'I want my pin back': Scarlett Johansson calls out James Franco during her Women's March speech after Golden Globe winner was accused of sexual misconduct by five different women Taliban gunmen killed 14 foreigners and four Afghans in armed assault on international hotel in Kabul where desperate guests tied bedsheets together to flee Man becomes first in the world to get SECOND face transplant after body rejected the first and he has lived for two months without a face French porn actress shares horrifying messages she receives from boys as young as TWELVE asking her for sex - and she blames parents for their 'lack of education' Billionaire couple who were found hanging in their Toronto home were MURDERED by multiple killers and the wife may have put up a fight, private ... (more)

The Latest: Afghan hotel attack ends, Taliban claim

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:18:31 GMT

An Afghan official says an assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has ended after more than 12 hours with all the attackers killed by security forces. The Taliban claimed the attack, which began late Saturday, saying five gunmen armed with suicide vests targeted foreigners and Afghan officials.

18 pro-gov't militiamen killed in N. Afghanistan's ambush attack

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:01:29 GMT

SHARIF, Afghanistan, Jan. 21 -- At least 18 pro-government militiamen were killed following a Taliban ambush attack in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh overnight, a local official said Sunday. The incident occurred in village Bozboy, Sholgra district, Saturday night when Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint, resulting in a clash that left 18 members of Local Uprising Groups dead, district Chief Sarrajuddin Abid told Xinhua.

5 killed as gunmen battle security forces at Kabul hotel

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:31:55 GMT

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Gunmen attack hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:01:25 GMT

Winter Weather Advisory issued January 20 at 9:47AM MST expiring January 20 at 11:00PM MST in effect for: Coconino Winter Weather Advisory issued January 20 at 9:47AM MST expiring January 21 at 5:00AM MST in effect for: Apache, Coconino, Navajo Wind Advisory issued January 20 at 9:35AM MST expiring January 20 at 4:00PM MST in effect for: Apache, Coconino, Navajo Wind Advisory issued January 19 at 2:52PM MST expiring January 20 at 4:00PM MST in effect for: Apache, Coconino, Navajo Special forces have arrived at the scene and are battling the attackers, he said.

Two dead and dozens injured in huge Prague hotel fire

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:26:37 GMT

'We were mad last year and we are STILL mad': Tens of thousands take to the streets across America for Women's March amid shutdown chaos on first anniversary of Trump's inauguration Deutsche Bank 'has evidence Jared Kushner made suspicious transactions and is ready to hand it over to Mueller' as part of Russia collusion probe BREAKING NEWS: Four gunmen 'in suicide vests shoot at guests' during attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital of Kabul Cheeseburger diplomacy: How Trump and Schumer tried and FAILED to fix a shutdown deal over afternoon burgers in the White House It's my party and I'll cry if I want to: Trump 'is upset' the government shutdown is keeping him from his $100,000-a-couple Mar-a-Lago bash to celebrate his first year in office 'I said, "what are we going to do about this?"': Trump's awkward Howard Stern remarks suggesting he considered ABORTING Tiffany come back ... (more)

Gunmen Attack Kabul Hotel; At Least One 'Terrorist' Killed

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:26:36 GMT

Afghan security officials said that gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on January 20 and that security forces battling the assailants had killed one "terrorist." Officials said that at least three attackers entered the hotel and had exchanged gunfire with security forces who arrived at the scene.