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Ghani condemns Kabul, Paktika suicide attacks

AT-KABUL: President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday strongly condemned the recent suicide attacks in Kabul and Paktika provinces. “Killing of innocent people in public areas is against Islamic teachings,” a statement from the presidential palace quoted Ghani as saying. He furthered that killing innocent people is a big crime which …

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Coming to a standstill: US yet to break free of ‘Afghan trap’

MOSCOW: In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Nikolai Shlyamin said that Washington had fallen into a trap in Afghanistan and that the most protracted war in the US armed forces’ history has yet to be finished despite the withdrawal of the US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan a year ago. He added that in the past decade, the problem reached …

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3 militants killed in Herat blast

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least three Taliban insurgents were killed and two others wounded when a truck loaded with explosives detonated in Shindand district of western Herat province, said local officials on Saturday. The Herat governor’s spokesman Ehsanullah Hayat confirmed the blast and said that three Taliban fighters were killed …

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Earthquake jolts Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: About 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on Saturday, creating panic among the masses. However, there was no immediate report of damage or casualty. According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.3 on the Richter scale. However, the State Ministry of Disaster Management Affairs said that …

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APSC prods govt for early Wolesi Jirga polls

AT-KABUL: The Afghanistan Protection and Stability Council (APSC), a major opposition party in the country, called on the government to hold the Wolesi Jirga and district council elections in early 2016. In a media statement issued by APSC, the party said that elections should be held in early 2016 not …

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CEO to visit Iran soon

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah plans to visit Iran soon and would discuss issues of mutual interests as well as key regional and international developments with senior Iranian officials, sources said. According to the Iranian news agency Tasnim, a high-ranking Iranian delegation, including the ministries …

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Army rescues 59 captives from Taliban

AT-KABUL: Afghan National Army (ANA) rescued 59 people, mostly security personnel, in a raid on the Taliban-run prison in southern Helmand province, the ministry of defense said on Saturday. “They were released after an operation launched by the Special Forces last night in the Shoraki area of Nahr-e-Seraj district,” the …

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Over 40 percent children suffer from malnutrition

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: More than 40 percent of children suffer from malnutrition and around 95 percent of women faced with lack of vitamin D fortification in Afghanistan. Import of defective food items from Pakistan and other neighboring countries have created drastic public health problems in the country. During an …

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