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Around 600 schools stay shut in Afghanistan due to insecurity

Updated: Aug 10, 2016 13:09 IST

Kabul, Aug. 10 (ANI): The education ministry said almost 600 schools remain close in Afghanistan due to insecurity and Taliban activities.

Minister of Education Asadullah Hanif Balkhi urged the warring sides on Tuesday to not attack schools or use them as shields.

"We call on all warring sides to avoid attacking schools and using them as shields. The fate of the sons of this soil should not be damaged," Tolo News quoted him as saying.

He added that 500 to 600 schools are closed all over the country due to insecurity.

The head of Afghanistan Human Rights Organization, Lal Gul Lal while talking on the issue said that unfortunately, Afghanistan faced the highest civilian casualty toll last year and in the past few months adding that according to human rights and international laws, the lives of civilians and their property should remain safe in times of war.

Meanwhile, a member of Ghor provincial council, Sakhi Jawed, said Taliban activities have increased in parts of the province.

According to reports, at least 10 districts in the country are under Taliban control.

However, the Defense Ministry has said that none of the district centers have fallen to militants this year. (ANI)

Pakistan wants good ties with India: Sharif

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:14 IST

Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 24 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan wants to have good ties with India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said both sides should maintain good relations and avoid indulging in conspiracies against each other.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24 (ANI): A preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia has revealed that the chemical substance used to kill Kim Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, an internationally-banned chemical weapon.

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Beijing [China], Feb. 24 (ANI): China should hire high-tech talent from India for maintaining its innovation ability, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday.

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Kampala [Uganda], Feb.24 (ANI): Indian Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Rebecca A. Kadaga have reiterated the need for closer cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries, especially in the domain of capacity building and parliamentary exchanges.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 24 (ANI): Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that yesterday's blast in Lahore's DHA was not an act of terror but an "accident", as forensic samples collected from the site had shown that the blast was a cylinder explosion.

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45 killed in car bomb explosion in Syria

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 15:08 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb. 24 (ANI): At least 45 people have reportedly been killed and several others injured after a car bomb hit Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a village near al-Bab.

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Kampala [Uganda], Feb.24 (ANI): Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, both India and Uganda have said that the international community needs to be more proactive in countering this menace.

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Kampala [Uganda], Feb.24 (ANI): Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Friday said both India and Uganda have agreed that there is a great potential for enhancement and expansion of mutual bilateral trade relations between the two nations.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): China on Friday said that it supports India and other countries on the issue of terrorism but sees bilateral between the two nations more important.

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Kansas [United States], Feb. 24 (ANI): A 24-year old American Ian Grillot, who suffered injuries in his arm and chest while trying to tackle the shooter at a Kansas city bar who opened fire on two Indian men, is being hailed for his heroic efforts, however, he reckons he did what anyone else would have done at the time.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The United States Embassy today strongly condemned the shooting in Kansas resulting in the tragic death of an Indian engineer, and assured that justice will be delivered and the federal authorities are investigating the case.

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New York [U.S.], Feb. 24 (ANI): An Indian engineer has been shot to dead in Kansas, U.S. in an alleged racial attack, after the gunman was heard shouting "get out of my country".

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI):US President Donald Trump met two dozen manufacturing CEOs and expressed that he's determined to bring back thousands more "real jobs" to the U.S. and to cut trade deficits with countries such as Mexico and China.

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Trump says Chicago needs help

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 06:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24(ANI): US President Donald Trump expressed shock over the incident in Chicago where seven people were killed and another six were wounded in shootings on Wednesday and calling that the city 'needs help' as the situation is out of control.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): A Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to the Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy, first such case in the country after almost half a century.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): North Korea denied responsibility for Kim Jong-nam's death and accussed the Malaysian authorities of fabricating evidence of Pyongyang's involvement under the influence of South Korea.

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London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): According to a poll, French far right leader Marine Le Pen has increased her lead in the first round of France's presidential election but would lose the May 7 run-off against either the centre-right's Francois Fillon or centrist Emmanuel Macron.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): Pope Francis suggested that if the person is a Christian, who exploits people, leads a double life or manages a dirty business, then it is better to be called as an atheist rather than a believer.

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Trump wants US to expand nuclear arsenal

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 05:09 IST

London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): US President Donald Trump expressed that he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal adding that the country has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

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