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Anti-polio drive to cover 7.6m children

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) kicked off the first round of anti-polio campaign. The drive will continue for three days in 28 provinces of the country. Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, inaugurated the vaccination drive on Sunday by administering oral polio vaccine to children at …

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Parliamentary polls: Lawyers warn of electoral crisis

AT-KABUL: The Afghanistan Lawyers Association warns of yet another electoral crisis in case the government fails in bringing reforms in the electoral bodies. Abdul Ghafoor Ghayur, the association’s head, briefing newsmen here on Sunday, said that the government of national unity had not taken substantial measures to reform the poll …

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“US may alter troop pullout plans”

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States is expected to fix troops’ withdrawal plans in a snail-paced process and let most of the 9,800 soldiers stay in the country post 2016, a media report said on Saturday. The Associated Press quoted an unnamed US officials as saying that plans to cut …

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Terror plot foiled in Kabul

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives foiled a suicide bombing plot in Kabul city. The NDS said in a statement on Saturday that a would-be suicide bomber was arrested along with another terror suspect in connection to the attack plot by the Afghan intelligence operatives. The source said the suspects …

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Conference held on overcoming Afghanistan-Central Asia trade barriers

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A conference in Kazakhstan discussed Afghanistan’s economic ties with Central Asian countries, as well as economic cooperation for implementation of regional and bilateral trade and economic projects, media reports said Saturday. According to Pakistan’s Customs Today, the workshop was organized by the United Nation’s Economic and Social …

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7 insurgents killed in Nangarhar drone strike

AT-KABUL: A drone strike killed seven Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province the other night, said an official source. A spokesman for Nangarhar’s police chief, Husain Mashriqiwal said that a US drone strike targeted a group of militants in Mach Megi area of Lalpoora district of the province killing seven …

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Pakistan to register undocumented refugees within month: Balkhi

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Pakistan has pledged to register 1.5 million undocumented refugees within a month, said the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation. Talking to newsmen about his recent trip to Pakistan, Balkhi said that Islamabad has agreed that it would not force refugees to leave. A delegation led by Balkhi …

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Ghani leaves on two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

AT Monitoring-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani left for a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. President Ghani is expected to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and other high-ranking officials. The president’s spokesman, Ajmal Abedi, did not provide details about agenda of the trip, but said that President Ghani made the …

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Varsity students in insecure provinces seek migration

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Haunted by fear of being abducted or killed, dozens of students of different universities sought migration to the varsities located in relatively peaceful provinces. The students alleged the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) of adopting a dual policy—support the elite class and ignore the rest. However, the …

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