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Situation of Afghan women, girls worsening, warns UN

AT News KABUL: The recent earthquake in Afghanistan has aggravated the already desperate situation facing the Afghan population, especially women and girls, says the United Nations human rights chief. Addressing a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said hunger and food insecurity were affecting over 90 percent …

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Putin says Russia in contact with all Afghan political forces

AT News KABUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is keeping contacts with all Afghan political forces, stressing that all afghan ethnic groups should be involved in running the country. At a meeting with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon in Dushanbe on Tuesday, Putin said that Russia will …

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US, Taliban officials to meet in wake of deadly earthquake

AT News KABUL: Taliban-led government’s foreign minister and finance and central bank officials arrived in Qatar on Wednesday to meet with U.S. special representative and Treasury department official, in the wake of last week´s deadly earthquake. Last week´s devastating earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan killed more than 1,150, with thousands injured. …

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Russia, Tajikistan agree to boost Afghan-Tajik border security

AT News KABUL: Russian and Tajik presidents have agreed on boosting defence cooperation, including enhanced security on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, a plan that comes against the backdrop of concerns frequently raised by both countries regarding breeding grounds of terrorism in Afghanistan. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Tajik counterpart Emomali …

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UN launches appeal for $110 million to help Paktika quake survivors

AT News KABUL: The United Nations on Monday launched an emergency appeal for $110 million to provide lifesaving assistance to more than 360,000 Afghans who were affected by last week’s earthquake in Paktika and Khost provinces. The funding is required over the next three months. The United Nations Office for …

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Pakistan to import coal from Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has reportedly approved import of quality coal from Afghanistan in Pakistani rupees instead of dollars as the neighboring country is grasping at claws to save foreign exchange amid economic turmoil. This is as the Taliban government have already stepped up coal exports …

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Tribal elders, clerics to gather in Kabul to discuss political issues

AT News KABUL: A three-day gathering of Afghan scholars will be held in Kabul on Wednesday which will be attended by more than 3,000 clerics and tribal elders from across the country. The gathering is expected to have limited coverage. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, announced that a gathering …

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India sends 3,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: India has sent a shipment of 3,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan, an Indian official said, as part of New Delhi’s pledge to provide 50,000 tons of wheat to the quake-hit country. Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry, said on Twitter that Delhi …

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US envoy vows to solve Afghanistan banking issues

AT News KABUL: US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, pledged on Sunday to help resolve the banking problems in Afghanistan in a meeting with the Afghan Traders’ Council in the UAE. Obaidullah Sadarkhail, head of the council explained the problems faced by Afghan traders to the US envoy West. He …

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Many survivors still waiting for aid in Paktika

AT News KABUL: Relief effort in hard-hit remote Gayan district and other parts of Paktika province recently devastated by a deadly earthquake remains limited due to funding and access constraints. Overwhelmed by the logistical complexities of issues, the Taliban are also grappling with inadequate funds as thousands are still in …

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