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U.S. envoy to press Taliban, Afghan officials on peace talks

Reuters Monday, 18 May 2020
A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department said.
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Taliban Taliban Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan

Afghanistan fighting shows no sign of ending [Video]

Afghanistan fighting shows no sign of ending

While the world awaits progress in the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, heavy violence continues in the country.

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Afghanistan fighting continues despite peace talks [Video]

Afghanistan fighting continues despite peace talks

More violence has erupted between Taliban fighters and government troops in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: US stands down in Helmand, Taliban to do the same [Video]

Afghanistan: US stands down in Helmand, Taliban to do the same

The Taliban has agreed to stop attacks after the US promised to halt its raids supporting Afghan forces in Helmand.

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Thousands flee amid fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces [Video]

Thousands flee amid fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces

Official says 30,000 people forced to leave homes in Helmand province as clashes between Taliban and security forces continue.

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Afghanistan Afghanistan Landlocked country in South-Central Asia

Afghanistan fighting forces thousands to flee [Video]

Afghanistan fighting forces thousands to flee

It is not clear when families will be able to return home, but it may not be as soon as many hope.

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Many dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan [Video]

Many dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan

At least 15 Afghans killed and more than a dozen injured as thousands gathered to secure visas in Jalalabad city.

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Dargah Ajmer Sharif attracts people of all faiths [Video]

Dargah Ajmer Sharif attracts people of all faiths

Considered as one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage centres, the dargah of Ajmer Sharif houses the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a holy saint who dedicated his entire life to the service of the poor and downtrodden. Today the dargah is visited by millions of devotees every year, irrespective of their caste and religion making it an epitome of communal harmony. Situated in the heart of Ajmer city in Rajasthan, at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif is one of the most sanctified shrines in the country. Dedicated to the founder of Chishtiya order in India namely Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti or Garib Nawaz, the dargah is venerated by the people of all religious communities.The saint has millions of followers across the country belonging to different faiths, who visit the shrine every year and offer holy chadder and flowers to seek his blessings. Born in Chishti region of Afghanistan, the saint came to India in his process to teach mankind the high way of living and settled in Ajmer.His shrine was built by Mughals, which makes it a splendid piece of Mughal architecture that consists of various buildings, tombs, courtyards and Daalaans. Prayers in the form of Namaaz are offered everyday inside Mehfil-e Khana which is a spacious hall inside the dargah that was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan. The dargah is believed to fulfil the wishes of its devotees, who according to the tradition tie a religious thread along Jannati Darwaza, a beautiful gate covered with silver metal. People of all faiths regardless of their religion, creed, caste or gender visit the revered sight every year and offer their prayers to the holy saint. The glory of Ajmer Sharif has only increased with time and today it marks an important place in the history of Ajmer. Visited by the people from diverse faiths and communities, the dargah has been playing an important role in strengthening the secular thread of our country.

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Kabul Kabul Metropolis and municipality in Afghanistan

Suicide bomb at Kabul education centre kills 18 and injures over 50 [Video]

Suicide bomb at Kabul education centre kills 18 and injures over 50

The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood of western Kabul.View on euronews

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Afghan VP survives assassination attempt [Video]

Afghan VP survives assassination attempt

A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning but he escaped unharmed, his spokesman said. The attack killed at least 10 people. Olivia Chan reports.

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Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman [Video]

Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman

At least two killed in roadside explosion targeting the convoy of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, officials say.

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Sikh families from Afghanistan relocated in Delhi gurudwaras [Video]

Sikh families from Afghanistan relocated in Delhi gurudwaras

Around 138 Sikh families from Afghanistan have been relocated in Delhi. They are currently staying in Gurudwaras that are run by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee."It's been 16 days here. I lost my parents and brother in bomb blast. We left everything including our houses," said Balbir Singh, Afghan migrant. "There are 138 persons in 31 rooms here. We are providing them with all the basic amenities to live. We are taking take of them as family," said Harjit S Bedi, Chief Vice Chancellor, Motibagh Gurudwara. Sikhs started returning following Kabul bomb blast, which claimed 25 lives.

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Doha Doha Capital of Qatar

PM Modi assures of India's support for peace process in Afghanistan [Video]

PM Modi assures of India's support for peace process in Afghanistan

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on October 08 said that Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Afghan Peace Process and on ongoing talks in Doha. "During the meeting, Prime Minister reaffirmed India's long term commitment to further deepening the historical ties between India and Afghanistan," said Srivastava.

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Scientists predict that COVID-19 will become a seasonal virus - but not yet [Video]

Scientists predict that COVID-19 will become a seasonal virus - but not yet

A new review published in Frontiers in Public Health suggests that COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, will likely become seasonal in countries with temperate climates, but only when herd immunity is attained. Until that time, COVID-19 will continue to circulate across the seasons. These conclusions highlight the absolute importance of public health measures needed just now to control the virus."COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved. Therefore, the public will need to learn to live with it and continue practicing the best prevention measures, including wearing of masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and avoidance of gatherings," said senior author of the study Dr. Hassan Zaraket, of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.Collaborating author Dr. Hadi Yassine, of Qatar University in Doha, affirms and states that there could be multiple waves of COVID19 before herd immunity is achieved. We know that many respiratory viruses follow seasonal patterns, especially in temperate regions. For instance, influenza andseveral types of coronaviruses that cause common cold are known to peak in winter in temperate regions but circulate year-round in tropical regions.

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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

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United States Department of State United States Department of State United States federal executive department responsible for foreign affairs

Aeroflot Employees Got Busy Smuggling $50m Of Stolen US Goods To Russia [Video]

Aeroflot Employees Got Busy Smuggling $50m Of Stolen US Goods To Russia

The Department of State has revoked 113 visas of Russian national carrier Aeroflot employees in connection with smuggling stolen goods. 10 people have been arrested for using current and former Aeroflot Airlines crew members to smuggle $50 million in stolen electronics to Russia. An inspection of crew members' luggage found millions of dollars of electronic devices--many of which had been stolen. Business Insider reports the devices included iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

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Will China's Ant Group be next on U.S. blacklist? [Video]

Will China's Ant Group be next on U.S. blacklist?

The U.S. State Department has submitted a proposal for the Trump administration to add China's Ant Group to a trade blacklist, according to two people familiar with the matter, before the financial technology firm is slated to go public. Ciara Lee reports

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U.S. cancels visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals [Video]

U.S. cancels visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals

The United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a May 29 presidential proclamation to suspend entry from China of students and researchers deemed security risks, a State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Gloria Tso reports.

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