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U.S. to provide USD 39 million assistance for refugees returning to Afghanistan

Updated: Nov 24, 2016 08:57 IST      
U.S. to provide USD 39 million assistance for refugees returning to Afghanistan

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 24 (ANI): The United States has announced to provide over USD 39 million to meet the extraordinary needs of Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan. This brings the total U.S. contribution to the Afghan humanitarian response to more than $207 million since the beginning of FY 2016.

Since January, more than 3, 80,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned home.

This funding includes more than $19 million in support for the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees to help address the urgent needs of these vulnerable individuals, including by providing them with shelter, essential household items and supplies for winter.

The United States is also providing $20 million to the World Food Program's Afghanistan Emergency Operation targeting vulnerable returnees and refugees in eastern Afghanistan and people displaced by conflict.

This response to the World Food Program's recent special appeal for these populations represents enough to serve 5, 48,000 people for nine months.

These vulnerable people urgently need the international community's assistance and support in the coming winter months.

The U.S. has urged all countries to contribute to the remaining funds that are still needed for UN humanitarian appeals for Afghanistan. (ANI)

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Updated: Jun 29, 2017 01:30 IST     

Madrid [Spain], June 29 (ANI): Six people have been detained in Spain and two other European countries over suspected ties with the ISIS.

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Berlin [Germany], June 29 (ANI): The attendees of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party's business conference in Berlin laughed and cheered when U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's video address was cut off on Tuesday after Ross went over his time limit.

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Trump accepts Macron invite to attend Bastille Day parade

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 21:48 IST     

Paris [France], June 28 (ANI):U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, to attend the country's traditional Bastille Day military parade to be held on July 14.

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North Korea orders 'execution' of South Korea ex-President

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 20:55 IST     

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New York Times a 'fake news joke': Trump

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 19:48 IST     

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Manila [Philippines], June 28 (ANI): Philippines House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring Filipinos to sing the country's national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, "with fervor" whenever it is played publicly.

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New York [U.S.], June 28 (ANI) : John Podesta, the then-chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has revealed how the Russian linked hackers were successful in intruding into his computer.

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EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia by six months

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 17:34 IST     

Brussels [Belgium], June 28 (ANI) :The European Union has extended economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy by six months for destabilizing Ukraine.

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Europe proposes restrictions on cash upto €10,000

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 16:51 IST     

Brussels [Belgium], June 28 (ANI) :The European Council on Wednesday has agreed on a draft regulation that will enforce cash restrictions by making it imperative for every citizen entering or leaving the EU possessing cash of a value of €10,000 or more to declare it to the customs authorities.

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Despite rain, people vote in Nepal's second phase of local polls

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 16:08 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

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Bejing [China], June 28 (ANI): A state-run Chinese daily has said that India cannot afford a showdown with China on border issues.

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Pakistan admits feeling challenged over seeing CPEC through

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 13:39 IST     

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Baloch activist surrenders, claims ISPR

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 13:32 IST     

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hits Pakistan's northern parts

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 12:58 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], June 28 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck northern parts of Pakistan on Wednesday.

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Afghanistan capable of fighting terrorists: Iran Speaker

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 12:28 IST     

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Dutch PM gifts bicycle to PM Modi

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 12:25 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has gifted a bicycle to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter's day-long visit to The Netherlands on Tuesday.

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Washington [United States]/Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], June 28 (ANI):With Saudi Arabia emphatically stating that its demands on Qatar are non-negotiable, the United States appears to be under pressure to resolve the crisis in the Gulf region.

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