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Mercy Corps International to establish 450 pistachio fields in Afghanistan to underbring opium cultivation

KABUL: The southern Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Helmand provinces will get new pistachio fields as efforts are underway to create an alternative for the Afghan farmers who are currently busy planting narcotics. According to the local officials in southern Kandahar province, around 450 pistachio fields will be established in the three provinces with the support of the Mercy Corps International. A ...

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GERMANY: Heidelberg Women’ March 2018

GERMANY: Heidelberg Women’ March 2018. Video report by Aurang Zeb Khan Zalmay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSUcLPvgfOo

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The Pashtun Times condemns ban on Mashaal Radio transmissions by Pakistan

BANNU: Banning Radio Mashaal transmission in Pakistan is a blatant attack on free speech. The target audience of Mashaal Radio was the Pashtun belt, half of which doesn’t have access to internet, cable network. In the tribal belt the prime source of news dissemination was Mashaal, which was silenced the way they silenced Mashal Khan in Abdul Wali Khan University ...

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Austria’s Burqa Ban law comes into force

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

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

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

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

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

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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