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Blast near US embassy in central Kabul

KABUL: (Web Desk) An explosion occurred near the heavily-fortified US embassy in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. “An explosion has happened near Massoud Square in Kabul. We have no more details yet,” Najib Danish, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, told AFP. A …

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Taliban bombing claims 13 lives in Afghanistan’s Helmand province

KABUL: (Web Desk) At least 13 people have been killed and several more injured in a Taliban bombing attack on a convoy of troops in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. “A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled car as the Afghan National Army convoy passed a small market in Nawa District of Helmand,” …

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Attack at Afghan Mosque Ends, 4 Assailants, 20 People Dead

KABUL (Web Desk) Police say the hours-long attack at a Shiite Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul has ended with all four attackers dead.Police official Mohammed Sadique Muradi said two of the attackers blew themselves up and another two were shot by Afghan Security Forces.Worshippers, wounded and dead were …

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Shia mosque in Kabul under attack by gunmen, says Afghan official

KABUL (Web Desk) Gunmen stormed a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion that killed a security guard outside and pushing into the shrine, officials said.A cleric who was leading the service was also killed, according to initial reports.Kabul police spokesman …

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Top US general in Afghanistan claims Taliban cannot win war

KABUL (Web Desk) The top US military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s new strategy is a sign of a long-term commitment to what is already America’s longest war and called on Taliban militants to agree to peace talks.“The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield; it’s time …

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US debt rating in doubt, Fitch warns

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The top ‘AAA’ long-term debt rating of the United States will be in danger if lawmakers do not raise borrowing limits in a timely fashion, ratings agency Fitch warned on Wednesday.Congress faces looming deadlines to approve spending for 2018 and raise legal limits on the amount the …

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Trump lashes out at media in Arizona rally

PHOENIX (Web Desk) President Donald Trump on Tuesday mounted an aggressive defence of his response to a deadly far-right march in Virginia, using a rally speech to condemn “dishonest” media coverage of his widely criticised remarks.Trump faced bipartisan outrage after blaming “many sides” for violence at the rally in Charlottesville, …

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UN chief mourns death of Pakistani soldiers in Congo

UN (Web Desk) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his “heartfelt condolences” on the recent deaths of two Pakistani soldiers who were killed during a UN peacemaking mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The two soldiers, Sepoys Muhammad Ishtiaq Abbasi and Tariq Javeed, were members of the Pakistani …

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Afghanistan, Pakistan will boost efforts to curb terrorism

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sa­turday reiterated the desire to coordinate counter-terrorism operations, said the Foreign Office (FO). According to the FO, a meeting was held between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and visiting Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Andesha to discuss counterterrorism efforts. Mr Andesha is visiting Pakistan …

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