Powerful second quake rocks Nepal

Dozens dead as magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes near Everest base camp, two weeks after a quake killed more than 8,000. A deadly magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck Nepal and sent aftershocks through neighbouring India, two weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people in the Himalayan nation. At …

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Yemen humanitarian pause comes into effect

Unclear if two sides honouring ceasefire, which began shortly after arms-depot blasts near Sanaa killed at least 69. A five-day humanitarian ceasefire has begun in Yemen, just hours after Arab coalition fighter jets struck against Houthi fighters and their allies. It was not immediately clear if the two sides were …

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Peace still a long-cherished dream

Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday reiterated their resolve to work together to restore peace. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in Kabul where he held a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani. The Afghan President said the war is being imposed on both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also said …

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10 inmates released from Maidan Wardak prison

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least 10 prisoners—not involved in terrorist activities—have been released from Maidan Wardak jail, said officials on Tuesday. The decision was taken after a presidential decree, which also reduced imprisonment of several other inmates in the prison. The decree was issued on the eve of the victory …

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NATO eyes post-Resolute Support mission presence: Stoltenberg

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Considering NATO’s important role in Afghanistan’s stability in past decade, the alliance is mulling to maintain its presence in the country even after the end of the Resolute Support (RS) mission in order to train, advice and assist the Afghan security forces, said a statement by the …

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Karzai terms education a key to prosperity

AT-KABUL: Head and members of a social association of youth called on the ex-President Hamid Karzai at his office on Tuesday. Hamid Karzai termed education as key to prosperity of Afghanistan. Members of the association lauded the achievements made during Karzai’s tenure in different areas, particularly education. Karzai said that …

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UN commissioner for refugees to visit Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, is going to pay a visit to Afghanistan today (on Wednesday) to discuss the plight of refugees with Afghan officials. The UNHCR in statement said Guterres will also assess activities of the organization in Afghanistan. “In a bid to explore …

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