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Karzai will not seek third term: spokesman

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not secretly planning to change the country’s constitution to seek a third term in power, according to his spokesman. Recent media reports, citing a document set out by Germany’s foreign intelligence service, said Karzai was seeking special dispensation to guide the country through uncertainty after…

Karzai accuses Pakistan of stalling talks with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan, which is boycotting an international conference on Afghanistan starting Monday in Bonn, of undermining all negotiations with the Taliban. “Up until now, they have sadly refused to back efforts for negotiations with the Taliban,” Karzai told Der Spiegel weekly in comments reported in…

Afghan woman, jailed for being raped, wins pardon

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has pardoned a woman who was raped by a family member but then jailed for adultery, a statement from the presidential palace has said, in a case that highlights deep concerns about women’s rights in the country. The 21-year-old, known as Gulnaz, had earlier been offered…

Afghan rape victim freed from jail, to marry attacker

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped — but she now faces having to marry her attacker, officials said. The move came after some 5,000 people signed a petition for the release of the woman, named Gulnaz,…

Karzai charges NATO with killing seven civilians

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday accused NATO-led international forces of killing seven civilians, most of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of Kandahar. “Initial reports as stated by the district sub-governor indicate that an air strike carried out by the international forces in Siacha…

Karzai seeks aid from neighbors in Afghan fight against ‘terror’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Wednesday that there would be no hope for peace in his war-ravaged nation without help from its neighbours to combat “terror groups”. “Terrorist networks are by far the major threat to Afghanistan’s security,” Karzai said at the opening of a global conference in Istanbul aimed…

Karzai: Afghanistan to back Pakistan if it wars with U.S.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday. The remarks were in sharp contrast to recent tension between the two neighbors over cross-border…

Clinton headed to Pakistan to push cooperation

KABUL (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she was looking for a “reality check” on a visit to Afghanistan, where she also pushed for closer cooperation with neighboring Pakistan on both the war and economic development. Clinton will fly on to Islamabad, a U.S. official said, where…

Clinton in Afghanistan seeks political end to war

KABUL — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul on Wednesday on a diplomatic drive ahead of international conferences to be held later this year aimed at finding a peaceable end to the 10-year war. Clinton’s plane touched down in Kabul at 9:15pm (16:45 GMT) for a visit…

Afghanistan to probe Rabbani killing

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday appointed a team to investigate the assassination of peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani as officials insisted they were getting “closer to the truth” about his death. Rabbani, chairman of Karzai’s High Peace Council, was killed by a turban bomber who had purported to be…

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