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So much for thanks: As the U.S. accelerates its exit from a decadelong, $100 billion reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, American generosity is getting an unwelcome penalty in the form of taxes and fees imposed by President Hamid Karzai’s government on U.S. contractors supporting the rebuilding effort.
So much for thanks: As the U.S. accelerates its exit from a decadelong, $100 billion reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, American generosity is getting an unwelcome penalty in the form of taxes and fees imposed by President Hamid Karzai's government on U.S. contractors supporting the rebuilding effort.
Crucial negotiations on the status of U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal in 2014 will begin in Kabul on Thursday, the foreign ministry said Sunday.
Judges who are soft on crime are threatening Bulgaria's crackdown on underworld bosses, according to a classified cable from U.S. Ambassador James Warlick in Sofia.
The leader of an anti-immigrant, ultranationalist party in Bulgaria is denouncing U.S. Ambassador James Warlick for meeting with a newly formed group of independent lawmakers, including some who bolted his political movement.
An immigrant-bashing politician and cable TV talk-show host in Bulgaria is accusing U.S. Ambassador James Warlick of threatening him when he demanded that the United States pay rent for the use of Bulgarian military bases.
The president of Bulgaria this week denounced the American ambassador on Facebook and compared him to a disreputable, 19th-century Russian envoy, as the U.S. Embassy in Sofia scrambled to defuse the diplomatic dispute.
Ecuador expelled U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges on Tuesday after a Spanish newspaper published a classified diplomatic cable she had written that accused leftist President Rafael Correa of tolerating corruption.
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren says his country hopes the unrest sweeping the Arab world will produce democratic governments that pose no threat to the Jewish state.
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren likely helped Rahm Emanuel in his campaign for mayor of Chicago by calling the former White House chief of staff "passionate about Israel," attempting to dispel critics who suspect the liberal Democrat holds anti-Israeli views.
“Not all work a foreign contractor performs in Afghanistan, including for the U.S. government, is necessarily covered by an agreement with the Afghan government providing for tax exemption,” Ambassador James Warlick, the deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, wrote in his reply to the findings.Mr. Warlick added that it is difficult to know whether all fees assessed by the Afghan government are in violation of treaties.
"Any exemption from taxes or customs duty in a country has to be negotiated, and the host country has to be willing to provide it," he said.