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Karachi dangerously close to a water crisis: Indian scientists

Ten cities across the world are facing ‘Day Zeroes’ or severe water shortage in the near future unless they do something—and Karachi is one of them. “The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board barely meets 50 percent of the city’s total water requirement,” says the India-based Centre for Science and Environment. “The city’s population is growing…

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As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

BANGKOK: Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” – an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry – to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts. But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the country, where taps failed long…

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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 31

KABUL: An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 31 people including women and children and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which…

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Foreign Office rejects reports of clashes between Pak-Afghan forces

KARACHI: Foreign Office spokesperson on Wednesday categorically rejected the media reports regarding the alleged clashes between Pakistan and Afghan forces, Radio Pakistan reported. In a tweet, Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul said a news item published in Afghan media regarding the clashes between Pakistan and Afghan forces is false. The embassy said no incident of Pakistan…

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Video of Afghan mother cradling baby in exam goes viral

KABUL: Afghan farmer Jahantab Ahmadi sits on the ground, her baby resting in her lap, as she focuses on the university entrance exam she hopes will help her fulfil her dreams. The powerful photo, taken by a professor at Nasir Khusraw private university in central Afghanistan, has gone viral after striking a chord in a…

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Top US general in Afghanistan urges ‘tired’ Taliban to talk peace

Bagram: Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last month unveiled a plan to open talks to end the 16-year-old war, offering to…

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Taliban elements open to peace talk: US Defense Secretary

KABUL: Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit. Mattis flew into the war-torn city two weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. The insurgents have…

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Suicide blast leaves nine dead in Afghanistan

Kabul: A suicide bomber blew himself up in an area of Kabul on Friday, killing at least nine people, officials said, as militants dial up pressure on the war-weary Afghan capital. The Islamic State group’s local franchise claimed responsibility for the blast, the SITE Intelligence Group said, as it seeks to stir up sectarian violence…

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One killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces: ministry

KABUL: A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said. “Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul,” ministry spokesman Najib Danish…

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One killed, six wounded in Kabul suicide bombing near NDS office

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least one person, officials said. “This morning a suicide bomber blew up his explosives in Shash Darak area of Kabul, killing one and wounding six others,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. A security source…

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Pakistan’s territory not allowed to be used against any country: COAS

Rawalpindi – General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) said Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity. The army chief made these remarks while attending Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference held at Kabul today (Tuesday). Commander USCENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM)…

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Pakistani delegation in Kabul for first over meeting of Joint Working Group

KABUL: A high-powered Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua reached Kabul to take part in the first ever meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Group. In a weekly media briefing on Friday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan has proposed five joint working groups, focusing on ensuring a comprehensive engagement for countering…

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Pakistan will benefit the most if peace returns to Afghanistan: Chaudhry

Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Aizaz Chaudhry, expressing his disappointment over Afghanistan’s allegations in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, said Islamabad will benefit the most if peace returns to the war-torn neighboring country. “We condemn those attacks, the innocent lives [that] have been lost. Our foreign minister was in the Afghan Embassy…

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Pakistan handed 27 Afghan Taliban, Haqqani militants to Kabul last year: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said that 27 individuals suspected of belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghan (TTA) and Haqqani Network were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017. “Pakistan continues to push any suspected Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network elements to prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist activity in Afghanistan,” said…

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Pakistan condemns Kabul Military Academy attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned a terrorist attack at the military academy in Kabul and conveyed condolences at the loss of precious human lives. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, the government and the people of Pakistan convey solidarity and support to the government and people of Afghanistan on this attack. “We…

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Marshal Fahim military academy under terrorist attack in Kabul

KABUL: At least 15 cadets have reportedly been killed as a series of explosions hit an area near the Marshal Fahim military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, a witness said. Kabul resident Mohammad Ehsan said the explosions began at around 5 a.m. and lasted for at least an hour. Smaller blasts…

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Eiffel Tower to go dark after Kabul bombing

Paris :The Eiffel Tower will cut its lights on Saturday night to commemorate those killed and wounded in a devastating ambulance bombing in Kabul, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter. “Tonight at midnight the Eiffel Tower will go out in hommage to the victims of the horrific attack that struck Kabul,” Hidalgo said. “The…

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Ambulance bomb kills 95, wounds 158 in Kabul

Kabul: An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years. The Taliban-claimed assault — the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in…

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Ambulance bomb attack in Kabul kills at least 40, wounds 110: officials

KABUL: An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 140 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 17 people and…

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Kabul Intercontinental Hotel siege ends, all gunmen killed: government

KABUL: Afghan Special Forces ended an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday, killing the last gunman from a group of three attackers who stormed the hotel, taking hostages and battling security forces for hours, reported Reuters. Two gunmen were killed on Saturday night. It was initially reported that four gunmen had attacked the…

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Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel

KABUL: Gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled. Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who escaped unhurt, said the attackers had got into the main part of the hotel through a kitchen and people…

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