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De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as UN Syria mediator: Diplomats

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:51

Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria`s civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday.

De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria envoy: Diplomats

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 22:25

Staffan de Mistura, a veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat who has served previously in Afghanistan and Iraq, is to become the new UN envoy to Syria, diplomats said on wednesday.

Pakistan for peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 19:57

Pakistan today said it supported peaceful democratic transition in neighbouring Afghanistan as threats of instability loom large over the outcome of the disputed preliminary election results.

31 killed in massive Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 17:42

A massive attack, including suicide bombings, launched Wednesday by Taliban militants against the police headquarters and provincial governor`s office in Kandahar city, the capital of Afghanistan`s Kandahar province, left 31 people dead, Abdul Raziq, a provincial police official, said.

Afghan war inflicting devastating toll on civilians: UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 16:33

Afghanistan`s war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday.

Afghan civilian casualties rise 24 percent in 2014 first half

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 16:16

Up to 4,853 Afghan civilians were killed and wounded in conflict-related violence in the first six months of 2014, a 24 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a UN mission report issued here Wednesday.

Afghan civilian death toll up so far this year: UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 13:28

The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 per cent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the UN said today.

Afghan provincial governor`s office attacked, seven suicide bombers killed

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 13:10

Seven suicide bombers were reportedly killed when a group of militants Wednesday launched a massive offensive against the police headquarters and the provincial governor`s office in Kandahar, the capital of Afghanistan`s Kandahar province, 450 km south of Kabul.

Obama asks Afghan prez candidates to refrain from violence

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 09:54

In an unusual personal intervention in a foreign election, US President Barack Obama has asked the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan`s disputed polls to maintain calm and threatened to cut-off American aid if "extra-constitutional" steps are taken. <br><br> Obama made a phone call to Abdullah Abdullah Monday night and then followed it up with a call yesterday to Abdullah`s rival Ashraf Ghani.

Obama, NATO chief discuss Ukraine, Afghanistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 05:44

US President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan Tuesday at the White House.

Obama calls Afghan presidential candidate Dr Abdullah

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 23:45

US President Barack Obama has called one of the Afghan presidential candidates, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, urging him to maintain calm and not to resort to violence or any extra constitutional measure.

NATO chief warns Afghanistan must sign security pact by early September

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 22:22

NATO`s chief warned Tuesday that, despite a disputed election, Afghanistan must sign a security pact on a post-combat international training mission by September, or there will be "severe" problems for the Western alliance.