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Afghan presidential elections campaign kicks off

KABUL: Afghanistan is getting ready to hold the fourth presidential elections since the ouster of the Taliban back in 2001. Afghan presidential election campaign kicked off on Sunday, July 28. Eighteen candidates including President Ashraf Ghani as well as the country’s chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah have started their campaigns …

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London cyclists ride to support Palestinians

LONDON: Several hundred cyclists have taken to the streets of London to protest the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to raise money for a Palestinian charity. The ride has been an annual event in London since 2015. They’re gathering to ride 36 miles across the city, bearing Palestinian flags and ringing their …

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Pakistanis can get Canadian student visa ‘in less than 21 days’

OTTAWA: The Canadian government has decided to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme to include international students from Pakistan, enabling them to get a student visa in ‘less than three weeks’. Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release …

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Pakistan’s Kabul embassy restricts issuance of visa

KABUL: Pakistan embassy in Kabul has announced to restrict issuance of visa to certain segments of Afghan population due to a criminal gang operating outside the Consular area. A spokesman of Kabul embassy has announced to issue visa for Pakistan only to elderly persons, medical patients, women and businessmen. The …

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Russia protests: Thousand arrests at Moscow rally

MOSCOW: Police in Moscow have detained more than 1,000 people at a rally, in one of the biggest crackdowns in years. Demonstrators were dragged away from the city hall as security forces used batons against the crowd. People were protesting against the exclusion of opposition candidates from local polls. The …

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Nigerian court grants permission to declare IMN terrorist

ABUJA: A Nigerian court has granted the government permission to label a local Shi’ite Muslim group a terrorist organisation, the solicitor general told Reuters on Saturday. Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have been marching in the capital Abuja calling for the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, …

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