Thursday, 21 March 2019

Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Pentagon opposes Trump’s troop withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence has informed Congress that it wants to continue to apply direct and indirect military pressure on the Taliban, while supporting nascent efforts for peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Pentagon’s strategy paper, submitted to Congress this week, clearly differs with President Donald Trump’s plan to ...

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Lapis Lazuli corridor to connect Asia, Europe

BEIJING/KABUL: Afghanistan has reopened its Lapis Lazuli trade corridor, a part of the ancient Silk Route, which will once again connect the country to Central Asia, Europe and even China through its BRI project, an official of Afghan government said. The new corridor includes roads, railway and maritime routes that ...

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Pakistan set to release Indian prisoner Ansari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is set to release Indian prisoner Hamid Ansari in the coming weeks as he completes his three-year term on December 15, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Ansari will be sent back to India by mid-January. One official said: “We have to ...

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MSF worried about health care situation in Afghanistan

KABUL: Humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) is concerned over the fact that situation with health care in war-torn Afghanistan continues to further deteriorate, Djoen Besselink, the head of MSF mission for Afghanistan, told Sputnik in an interview. The MSF is currently implementing its projects in ...

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Drought drives desperate Afghans to marry off children for money

UN: Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said on Tuesday. About 223,000 people have been uprooted from their homes in the ...

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FIFA probing sex abuse claims on Afghanistan women’s team

KABUL: Football’s world governing body FIFA is looking in to claims of sexual and physical abuse on the Afghanistan national women’s team, it confirmed in a statement Saturday. The allegations against officials including the Afghanistan Football Federation’s president Keramuddin Karim were reported in Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The AFF has “vigorously” ...

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World powers meet in Geneva on Afghan reforms, peace prospects

KABUL: Afghan leaders and international diplomats meet in Geneva to evaluate whether strategies and aid offered to Afghanistan are helping resolve the quagmire created by the 17-year war, paving way for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The two-day conference on Afghanistan, jointly hosted by the Afghan government and the United ...

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Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says govt chief

KABUL: The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country´s de facto prime minister told AFP. Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as “chief executive” of the unity government in Kabul, struck ...

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Afghanistan’s opening batsman Shahzad hits fastest fifty in T10

SHARJAH: Afghanistan’s opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad on Wednesday proved why is he one of the fiercest hitter of the cricket ball when he slammed a 16-ball 74 knock, declared as the fastest fifty in T10 format. Shahzad, who was playing for the Rajputs, played a record-breaking inning laced with eight ...

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