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2 killed, 25 injured in explosion during Muharram procession in Pakistan

A powerful explosion ripped through a Muharram procession in central Pakistan’s Punjab province on Thursday, killing at least two, including a seven-year-old girl, and wounding 25 people, senior police officials said, reports PTI. The incident took place in Bahawalnagar, some 260 kilometres from Lahore when a Shia procession was heading to an Imambargah as part of the annual Ashura commemoration. ...

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India must help all Afghans, give refuge to Hindus, Sikhs: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India must not only protect its citizens but also provide refuge to Sikh and Hindu minorities and help all Afghans who are looking for help. He told this on Tuesday in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). According to sources, the CCS was briefed in detail on the current and ...

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Taliban announce ‘amnesty’, urge women to join government

The Taliban announced Tuesday an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as people tried to flee their rule, reports AP. The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, represent the first comments on ...

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UN Chief urges to give shelter to Afghan refugees

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all countries to be willing to receive Afghan refugees and refrain from any deportations. “The world is following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart and deep disquiet about what lies ahead. All of us have seen the images in real time. Chaos. Unrest. Uncertainty. And fear,” he said while briefing the ...

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Hamid Karzai liaising with Taliban over transition

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in contact with the Taliban with a view to bringing peace to the country, he says. Karzai was Afghanistan’s leader from 2001-2014. He says he is part of a three-member council working to transfer power to Taliban peacefully. The council also includes the leader of the Hezb-e Islami party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – a former ...

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At least five killed at Kabul airport- witnesses

At least five people were killed in Kabul airport as hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital, witnesses told Reuters. One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle. Another witness said it was not clear whether the victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede. US ...

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Malaysia PM quits after just 17 months in office

Malaysia’s prime minister and his government resigned Monday after just 17 months in office, throwing the country into fresh political turmoil as it battles a serious coronavirus outbreak. Muhyiddin Yassin’s tumultuous period in office came to an end after allies withdrew support and a last-ditch bid to cling to power failed, and he becomes the shortest serving premier in Malaysian ...

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Haiti earthquake death toll climbs to 700

Officials in Haiti have confirmed at least 724 people are dead after a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation on Saturday. Rescuers are picking through rubble in a desperate search for any survivors. Homes, churches and schools were among buildings flattened in the quake. Some hospitals were left overwhelmed and in need of supplies. An unknown number of people ...

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigns, flees to Tajikistan

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has resigned and fled the capital Kabul for Tajikistan, according to TOLO News, an Afghani News Network. Taliban want a peaceful transfer of power in the next few days, said a spokesman for the group to BBC on Sunday. The president’s office said it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”. A representative ...

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Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuated

Taliban insurgents entered the Afghanistan capital Kabul on Sunday, an interior ministry official said, as the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter. The senior official told Reuters the Taliban were coming in “from all sides” but gave no further details. A tweet from the Afghan Presidential palace account said firing had been heard at a number of ...

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