Yasser M. Dhouib With Saudi Arabia and the UAE increasingly using the GCC for their own ends, other Gulf countries are considering going a separate way. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman is not serving its purpose – alternatives are being pursued.…

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KABUL (TOLO News): The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, tweeted updates about progress in the peace process, noting the reduction in violence agreement between the US and Taliban, but stressed that “success cannot be guaranteed.” Khalilzad reported on Twitter that he had met with President Ashraf Ghani in Munich on Friday…

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KABUL (TOLO News): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has started the audit of disputed votes and will announce the final results of the September presidential elections within the next two days, the deputy of the commission said. The process was delayed for three days because of a protest from Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team.…

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KABUL (TOLO News): President Ashraf Ghani met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Josef Maas on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday and discussed bilateral relations and the Afghan peace process, the Presidential Palace said in a statement. In this meeting, Ghani said the only goal of the Afghan government is to end…

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KABUL (TOLO News): At least nine people were killed “mysteriously” on Saturday evening in a remote area in the west of Kabul by a group of unknown armed men, according to residents. Kabul police in a statement confirmed the incident and said the search for perpetrators has started. “The Kabul police has started its investigation.…

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KABUL (AT News): A devoted supporter of the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, Hezb-i-Wahdat Islami Party led by Karim Khalili has announced plans to form a parallel government if final results of the presidential election would give lead to frontrunner Ashraf Ghani. Preliminary results announced in December showed that Ashraf Ghani won the September 28 presidential…

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CENTURION (Agencies): England pulled off a stunning chase of 223 to beat South Africa in the third Twenty20 in Centurion and take a pulsating series 2-1. Captain Eoin Morgan hit a blistering 57 not out from 22 balls, leading England to their second-highest chase in T20s – and the fourth-highest of all-time – with five…

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NEW DELHI (Agencies): Uncertainty over Pakistani wrestlers’ participation in the Asian Championships here is finally over after they were granted visas by the government, but the Chinese grapplers’ fate will be known on Monday, a national federation official said on Sunday. Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar confirmed to PTI that after days…

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