49 insurgents killed in raids

AT-KABUL: At least 49 armed Taliban fighters were killed and 30 others were wounded in different crackdowns within past 24 hours. In a press release issued here, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) …

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Oman accepts six Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo

US transfers inmates to Oman for resettlement as part of plan to close controversial prison in Cuba. The United States says it has sent another six Yemeni detainees from its controversial Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to Oman for resettlement. In a statement issued late on Friday, the Pentagon said …

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Pakistan air strikes kill fighters in North Waziristan

Army claims it has killed 20 fighters in Datta Khel area as part of year-long campaign against Taliban. Pakistan’s military says air strikes have killed 20 suspected fighters in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. In a statement on Saturday, the army said the strikes …

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Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant

Patient will be 30-year-old Russian Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann, a muscle-wasting disease. An Italian neurosurgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head transplant by the end of 2017. Dr Sergio Canavero announced his plan at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic …

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16 policemen killed in Helmand attack

AT-KABUL: At least 16 police officers were killed and six others were injured in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand province that also left 10 militants dead. The gunfight started last night that continued for several hours in a region near to Takhtapol area of Mosaqala district of Helmand province. …

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Women activists concerned over their future

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of women’s rights activists have said they were still concerned about the ongoing peace talks and their future in the country—despite the informal meeting which recently took place between women lawmakers and the Taliban representatives in Oslo city of Norway. The activists held two different …

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Kabul rally seeks justice for Rohingya Muslims

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Tens of activists and residents of Kabul on Friday launched a rally to express their anger at the flagrant discrimination against the Muslim community in Myanmar, lashing out at the West for turning a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya minority. “Persecution against Burmese Muslims …

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Attack on PAN bureau office condemned

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Director of Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) termed attacks on offices of media organizations as attack on the freedom of expression. Danish Karokhel said that those involved in recent attack on Pajhwok Afghan News bureau office in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, should be declared as war …

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Heavy fighting ongoing in Herat

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Heavy clashes between police forces and the Taliban militants in Keshk-e-Kohna district of western Herat started on Friday morning and are still going on, said an official in the province. Abdul Rasoul Jamshidi, a member of the provincial council of Herat, said that the fighting is currently …

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Dwellers of Parwan deprived of potable water

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: How unfortunate residents of Parwan province are, because they have no access to drinkable water despite inflow of three rivers, namely Panjshir, Salang, and Ghorband. Parwan is around 50km away from Kabul City, capital of the country. Access to potable water is major demand and dream of …

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