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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)

Altaf Hussain can seek India's support: Pak Christian leader

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:51 IST     

Philadelphia [USA], April 24 (ANI): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain can appeal to India for legal assistance for minorities in Pakistan under the Liaquat-Nehru Pact, said the president of Pakistan Christian congress (PCC), Dr. Nazir S Bhatti recently.

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Suicide car bomb attack near Khost military base

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 16:14 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 24 (ANI): A suicide car bomb attack reportedly took place near a military camp in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost province on Monday.

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Afghan Army command structure changed post-Taliban attack

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 16:04 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 24 (ANI): Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has approved major changes in the command structure of the nation's army following Taliban attack on Shaheen Army Corps in Balkh province on Friday that claimed the lives of over 100 soldiers.

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Dawn leaks report to be unveiled soon

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:05 IST     

Taxila [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): The Dawn leaks report is expected to be unveiled in a couple of days, according to a media report.

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Nepal: Oppn opposes decision to hold two-phase polls

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:48 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], Apr 24 (ANI): The Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist- Leninist (CPN-UML) has expressed its concerns and objections over the government's decision to hold local polls in two phases.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Afghanistan Interior Ministry's Major General Tariq Shah Bahrami has been appointed as the acting Minister of Defense and General Sharif Yaftal as the Army Chief of Staff after officials from the respective posts resigned on Monday.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Following the deadly Taliban attack on an Afghan army base, Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and National Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shaheem today resigned with immediate effect.

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Beijing [China], Apr 24 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump discussed bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula during a telephonic conversation on Monday.

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Pak to persuade Iran to reconcile with Saudi

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:23 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Pakistan has launched a diplomatic initiative to convince Iran to join the Saudi Arabia led 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance and bring about a rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 24 (ANI): Pakistan's federal government has claimed that despite the tax discounts and exemptions being given to Chinese investors in the $56 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), there will be no adverse impact on local industries and domestic investors.

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American monitor in Ukraine killed in explosion

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 09:19 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 24 (ANI): An American paramedic deployed with a monitoring patrol in eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion on Sunday.

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Clintons have been `bugged`!

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 08:19 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): The Clintons may have lost the elections to the Trumps, but their sense of humour certainly remains intact.

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Trump slams 'fake media' over low approval ratings

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 06:38 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 (ANI): Continuing his assault on a section of the U.S. media, this time over his drop in approval ratings, President Trump claimed that "fake" media outlets are responsible for the low level of his support by Americans.

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Moscow [Russia], Apr. 24 (ANI): Following the victory of French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential election, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert expressed his satisfaction with the result.

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U.S. citizen trying to leave North Korea detained

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 05:13 IST     

London [U.K.], Apr. 24 (ANI): A U.S. citizen trying to leave North Korea amid fears of a major war has been detained, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held in the country.

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US warns North Korea after threat to sink American ship

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 04:57 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 (ANI): Following North Korea's threat to sink an American vessel, the Pentagon on Sunday called on Pyongyang to avoid destabilizing the situation further.

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North Korea cranks the heat, threatens to sink US ship

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 04:50 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 (ANI): In a development bound to further rock the already dilapidating ties between the two nations, North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific Ocean.

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French Elections: Le Pen faces Macron in final round

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 04:39 IST     

London [England], Apr. 24 (ANI): With Emmanuel Macron topping the first round of the French presidential election, projections show that he is set to face Front National's Marine Le Pen in a race that has knocked France's traditional political parties out of the running.

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London [England], Apr. 24 (ANI): Emerging from a first- round vote as the clear favourite to become the next French president, Emmanuel Macron told his jubilant supporters in Paris that he means to govern all of France.

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Democrats seek Trump's removal due to 'mental health' issues

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 03:51 IST     

Moscow [Russia], Apr. 24 (ANI): Representatives of the Democratic Party have sought the removal of Donald Trump as the President of the United States, saying the he has "mental health" problems.

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