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Japan contributes $16 million for FATA returnees, Afghan refugees

Afghan children in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Photo by Sebastian Rich Photography

The US$ 16 million grant will support the returnees to FATA as well as education, livelihoods and vocational training opportunities for Afghan refugee youth in Pakistan ISLAMABAD – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$16 million in total to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Food Programme ... Read More »

Knowledge sharing and collaboration key to address Climate Change

Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan addresses at the inaugural session of the international conference on Climate and Environmental Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters. Photo: CIMOD

Experts at an international conference call for better coordination and cooperation between scientists, government authorities, and development partners to address emerging challenges in the Indus River basin KATHMANDU (Nepal) – Greater collaboration is needed between various stakeholders to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the Indus Basin which is the most glacier and snowmelt-dependent basin in the ... Read More »

Afghan boy finally gets signed jersey from Messi

Afghan boy finally gets signed jersey from Messi

‘I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me,’ Murtaza Ahmadi said to UNICEF An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation for wearing an improvised soccer jersey made from a plastic bag has been sent the real thing by FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive ... Read More »

Afghanistan ignores Pakistan’s proposal of MoU on Afghan SIMs

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ISLAMABAD – Despite reminders by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Afghanistan ignored the Pakistani offer to establish an agreed mechanism to curb the misuse of Afghan SIMs in terrorist activities in Pakistan. PTA had proposed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Islamabad and Kabul to resolve current and future issues related to spillover effects of mobile signals in the bordering areas ... Read More »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka finalize JF-17 Thunder jets deal

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COLOMBO (Sri Lanka) – Pakistan and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement under which the former would sale eight JF-17 Thunder aircraft to the latter in the initial stage despite Indian pressure. The agreement is part of several memorandum of understanding (MoUs)inked between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three-day visit to the island earlier today. The ... Read More »

Pak Army Chief meets Afghan leadership to resume peace dialogue

General Raheel Sharif meeting Ashraf Ghani in Kabul

KABUL (Afghanistan) – Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif today held wide-ranging talks with Afghanistan’s top leadership on ways to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban and agreed to hold a quadrilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US early next month on a comprehensive road map for meaningful peace. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General ... Read More »

More than 16 million babies born into conflict in 2015: UNICEF

A Syrian newborn lies in the floor of Kara Tepe camp. The family has no money to even buy milk for the baby

There’s one child born into conflict every two seconds: UNICEF ISLAMABAD – Millions of babies around the world are born into life-threatening situations every year, according to UNICEF Report. UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said too many children were starting their lives in extreme circumstances – from conflict zones to natural disasters, poverty, disease or malnutrition. “Every two seconds, a newborn takes ... Read More »

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Conference stress enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region ISLAMABAD – Dignitaries from Afghanistan, India, China, Turkey, Iran and other Asian countries called for enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Asian region at the Heart of Asia conference. The ‘Heart of Asia’ summit is jointly hosted by ... Read More »

Afghan, US and EU officials meet on sidelines of Heart of Asia Conf.

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The three sides agreed to work together to support preparations for the 2016 Warsaw and Brussels Conferences on Afghanistan and the latest regional security and economic developments ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – Afghan, United States and European Union officials, in their meeting in Islamabad, urged for strong Afghan ownership in preparing for the 2016 Warsaw and Brussels Conferences on Afghanistan and called on all ... Read More »

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit Tajikistan, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake’s epicenter was located 109 kilometers (68 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan and 133 kilometers (83 miles) northeast of Khorugh, Tajikistan. The depth of the quake was 29 kilometers. But buildings shook as far away in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan,  sources report. A ... Read More »

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