Friday, April 10, 2020

Afghanistan

Food Afghanistan: Ghani signals decree to launch 1,500 Taliban fighters

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks with the armed group to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. According to a copy of the two-page decree seen by Reuters news agency late on Tuesday night, all released Taliban prisoners will have to provide "a written…

Food Afghanistan: Taliban crew in Kabul for prisoner trade process

A three-member Taliban team has arrived in Kabul to begin a prisoner exchange process, which is likely to kick-start talks between the group and negotiators named by the Afghan government to end the country's 18-year war. The peace talks, known as the intra-Afghan dialogue, were envisaged in an agreement signed between the United States and…

Food Taliban attacks in Afghanistan should be decreased: US general

A top United States general said on Thursday that the Taliban had to significantly reduce the number of attacks it is carrying out, after an accord it signed with the US earlier this month. "I would not consider what the Taliban is doing as consistent with any path to going forward to come to a final end state…

Food Earthquake shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan

KABUL/ ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An earthquake shook some buildings in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, witnesses said. The magnitude 4.9 quake was centered in the mountainous Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan, at a depth of 211 km (130 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Reporting by…

Food The place the Mild Shines: The Birth of Snowboarding in Afghanistan

Editor's note: This film will be removed on April 15, 2020. It takes Sajjad and Alishah four hours to climb the Bamiyan peaks behind their village in Afghanistan - but just four minutes to glide down on their skis. The two men practice on the snowy mountainside, their skis leaving delicate tracks in the soft…

Food Afghanistan plunges into a new disaster, what following?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was finally inaugurated for a second term on Monday in the capital Kabul nearly six months after the elections that were marred by vote-rigging and record low turnout. But his main political rival Abdullah Abdullah, who has also declared himself winner citing fraud in September election, organised a parallel swearing-in ceremony…

Food Coronavirus: Rand Paul holds up Senate vote on rescue offer with doomed amendment

US Senate prepares to pass a bill to help fund and speed up the response to coronavirus epidemic, Kentucky senator Rand Paul has introduced an amendment that will slow down the bill’s passage – even though the amendment has no chance of passing.The bill being debated, which would provide free coronavirus testing and provisions for…

Food Exceptional: Afghan federal government to launch one,500 Taliban prisoners as a transfer to start direct talks, a decree demonstrates

By Hamid ShaliziKABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is set to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days to pave the way for direct talks with the insurgent group aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan, according to a copy of the decree seen by Reuters.The two-page decree - which was signed by…

Food Pakistan PM: ‘Cannot afford’ to shut down cities about coronavirus

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon his countrymen "not to panic" amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, warning that the spread of COVID-19 was inevitable and that Pakistan cannot currently afford the economic cost of shutting down its cities. As of Wednesday, Pakistan has recorded at least 243…

Food Taliban guarantees risk-free passage for coronavirus health employees

Activists in Afghanistan are distributing face masks to villagers as they spread awareness of the coronavirus infection [Parwiz/Reuters] The Taliban in Afghanistan has promised safe passage to international healthcare organisations and humanitarian workers who are fighting against the coronavirus. In a statement on Wednesday, the group urged health agencies to provide medicine, send aid and the necessary equipment…
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U.S. imposes fresh new sanctions on Iranian folks, companies – Treasury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday blacklisted 20 Iran- and Iraq-based companies, officials and individuals, accusing them of supporting terrorist groups and ramping up pressure on Tehran even as the Islamic Republic battles the coronavirus outbreak.The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the individuals and entities supported Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards…
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Amazon employees hold a protest over conditions at the company's Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center last week. Spencer Platt/Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Amazon this week has been promoting one of its latest coronavirus safety efforts, saying it's now made millions of…

What to Know Prior to You Buy a Stay Tv Streaming Provider

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)Listen, there are some very good reasons for cutting the cord, and with no end to the absolutely relentless parade of newly announced streaming services in sight, consumers have a veritable buffet of services to choose from, and not just for on-demand content. If live television is important to you, there are…

Fires of U.S. culture wars flare amid coronavirus crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the United States this week, Republicans in Texas and Mississippi sought to further limit abortion access and New Jersey’s Democratic governor refused to declare gun shops an essential service that would stay open. FILE PHOTO: A man holds a semi-automatic handgun at Frontier Arms & Supply…

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