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US has no idea what counternarcotics in Colombia actually accomplishes: watchdog

In a scathing rebuke to US antinarcotics policies for Colombia, the government’s chief watchdog agency has concluded that despite a $10 billion investment since 1999,  there has been no “comprehensive review of the US counternarcotics approach” to determine what, if anything, actually works. With cocaine production at record levels despite two decades of antinarcotics programs, […]

Duque’s “absolutely disastrous” 2018

As Colombia’s lawmakers go on Christmas recess, President Ivan Duque can look back on an “absolutely disastrous” beginning of his government, according to newspaper El Espectador. The president’s approval rating has plummeted and his administration has been unable to push any of its reform proposals, including anti-corruption measures agreed with the opposition, through Congress. No […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Sunday, December 16, 2018

We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. PARTY: Tardezinha do Teles @ Arco do Teles (Centro) – Tonight there will be a live ‘roda’ (wheel) of samba, plus retro pagode – a popular Brazilian sub-genre of samba […]

President Ghani meets Chinese, Pak foreign ministers

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, who recently arrived in Kabul for signing a counterterrorism Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU), thanked him for his country’s cooperation in various fields, particularly its efforts for peace in Afghanistan, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Saturday. The country’s president also […]

CE Abdullah meets Chinese Foreign Minister in Kabul

KABUL: Chief Executive of the country, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister asked him of his country’s pressure on Pakistan to pave the way for peace in Afghanistan, a statement from his office said Saturday. Dr. Abdullah, according to the statement, called the role of China very effective in peace restoration […]

Kabul trilateral meeting agrees on ‘joint anti-terror efforts’

KABUL: Foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Kabul on Saturday to continue their efforts on “building political mutual trust and support reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism”. A joint statement released after the Second Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers Dialogue in Kabul, reads that the three sides reaffirmed their commitment to […]

NUG leaders meet Italian defense minister

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with Italian minister of defense Elisabetta Trenta at presidential palace. In the meeting, both sides exchanged views and discussed various issues in particular expansion of bilateral cooperation and strengthening of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). President Ghani praised Italy for its cooperation with Afghanistan in particular […]

Cinema & theater artist Hanif Hamgam dies

KABUL: Leading body of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in a message has offered condolence on demise of the country’s cinema and theater artist Hanif Hamgam to his family, colleagues and relatives and wished the deceased paradise and his family patience. The deceased Mohammad Hanif Hamgam had graduated from fine arts faculty of […]

Painting exhibition held in Kabul

KABUL: Painting exhibition titled ‘Gudigak’ was opened yesterday by deputy minister of culture and art for ministry information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawary at national gallery in Kabul. In the exhibition, 38 painting works of Freshta Niksa, the country’s young painter, were put for exhibition. In opening ceremony of the exhibition, deputy minister of […]

Hope rises as peace efforts accelerated

Afghanistan, Pakistan and China held a trilateral meeting in Kabul, mostly focusing on trust building, peace, development as well as regional connectivity. Foreign ministers of the three neighboring countries reiterated their firm commitments to implement the agreed plans including building mutual political trust, supporting peace and reconciliation and security and fighting terrorism, under practical cooperation. […]