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Austria’s Burqa Ban law comes into force

Starting on Sunday, wearing a ski mask off the slopes, a surgical mask outside hospitals and party masks in public is prohibited in Austria.(File)

Violations carry a possible fine of nearly $180. Police are authorised to use force if people resist showing their faces. HEIDELBERG: A law that forbids any kind of full- face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, has come into force in Austria. Starting on Sunday, wearing a ski mask off the slopes, a surgical mask outside ...

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India jumps to 14th rank as best country for expats: HSBC

Driven by strong ratings across a range of economic, experience and family measures, India shines in this year's league table, moving up 12 places since 2016.

The Pakistani passport is still ranked the second worst in the world, just above Afghanistan, this year’s Passport Index revealed. MUMBAI: India leapt up the global rankings by 12 places to take the 14th spot in terms of best country for expats to live and work in, says a HSBC survey. The Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel ...

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Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

An officials of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the Kurdish independence referendum at a hotel in Arbil on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream. / AFP PHOTO / Emily IRVING-SWIFT AND AHMED DEEB ...

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How ‘honesty’ app Sarahah is taking the internet by storm

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RIYADH: Fizzing with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his “honesty” app has shone a spotlight on the conservative kingdom’s nascent tech scene. Tawfiq catapulted to fame when he took time out of his day job as a business analyst last year to develop an anonymous messaging tool called Sarahah — ...

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Eid Mubarak

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PESHAWAR: The Pashtun Times congratulates Eid-ul-Adha to all the Pashtuns/Afghans and Muslims around the world. The Pashtun Times hopes this Eid would bring lasting blessing, happiness and peace to the people of Afghan/Pashtun land and the world. The Pashtun Times

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Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday placed a bouquet at the Freedom Monument in Kabul to mark 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. A smartly turned-out Ministry of Defence guard played the national anthem as part of the short ceremony. Later on, Ghani returned to the Presidential Palace. August 19 commemorates the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted Afghanistan full ...

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Putin greets Ghani on 98th Independence Day of Afghanistan

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KABUL: Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani greetings on the occasion of the country’s 98th Independence Day, a statement from the Russian Embassy in Kabul said on Friday. Besides congratulating the Afghans on the occasion of their Independence Day celebrations, Putin hoped the war-weary nation would achieve peace and stability. The Russian president was quoted ...

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Ambassador Llorens greets Afghans on the occasion of Afghan Independence Day

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KABUL: The United States Special Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens greeted the Afghan nation on the occasion of the Afghan Independence Day as he reaffirmed continued support of Washington towards Afghanistan. “It’s an honor for me to congratulate all Afghans as you celebrate your country’s 98th year of independence. Like our own Independence Day, August 19 is an opportunity for ...

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Afghanistan and Pashtun belt in Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday

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KABUL: The supreme court of Afghanistan confirmed Sunday, the 25th of June, as the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr in the country. The Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in Peshawar also announced Ed-ul-Fitr on Sunday. Shawwal moon sighted in Kabul, Peshawar and many parts across the Durand Line. The Saudi Arabia authorities earlier announced that Sunday will be the first day of ...

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Children at orphanage miss their parents on Eid festival

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KABUL: Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival for many after one month of fasting, worship and prayers but orphan and homeless children are far to enjoy the celebration of these important religious days. Reyazuddin, 12, hailing from Badakhshan province, is among the children who lost his father and stays at the Alauddin Orphanage of capital Kabul from the past three years. When ...

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