Kabul: With the Istanbul Summit to discuss peace in Afghanistan round the corner, the Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan-Nai, said that media and freedom of expression should be respected and discussed in the Summit. A statement issued on Sunday said that the Istanbul meeting will be held in continuation of the Doha meeting between the negotiating delegations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and

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Kabul: There have been at least six new cases of the polio type 2 virus reported in the country, said officials at the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday. Mirjan Rasekh, head of public awareness of the polio eradication program at the Ministry of Public Health, said that these polio cases were of the second type, registered in Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Zabul and Badghis

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Kabul: In a major breakthrough, Fereydoun Khozoon, spokesperson for the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) on Sunday announced that the Committee for the drafting and Unification of Plans has finalized the draft peace of the republic system and has submitted it to the chairman of HCNR. He did not give further details about the plan, but added that the chairman Abdullah Abdullah called

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Kabul: In one of the most definite hints regarding the date of the Istanbul Summit, for which no formal announcement has been made as of yet, Amrullah Saleh, the country's first vice-president, said that the Turkish Summit is likely to convene this week and has three slated agendas. Speaking at a gathering in Koohdaman, north of Kabul, on Sunday, Saleh said that agreement on

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Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 82 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported eight deaths and 27 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases now stands at 57,242, total reported deaths is 2,529 and the

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Kabul: President Ghani, while emphasizing that there is no shortcut to peace and that the peace process cannot be carried out in a hurry, said on Sunday that his plan to move beyond a state of war to just and lasting peace in the country is very clear. While speaking through a video link to the Koohdaman People’s gathering, Ghani said, "We have the

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Kabul: At least 120,000 Afghan refugees in Iran have their health insurance costs covered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Access medical care for Covid-19 and other illnesses under Iran’s national health plan has been extended to 20,000 more refugees bringing the total to 120,000, a statement released on Saturday stated. Iran hosts nearly 800,000 Afghan refugees.

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Kabul: Anti-social elements set the province’s municipality vehicle on fire in Balkh province on Sunday, said local officials. Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesperson for the governor of Balkh, said that the incident took place in Mazar-e-Sharif. "The shopkeepers of Mazar-e-Sharif Municipality did not set the car on fire. A mob which had blocked the road and were engaged in peddling on both sides of the

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Kabul: Afghan security officials say at least six Taliban militants have been killed and four more were wounded during an operation in Posht Band, Tatar, Chal Wa Alma in Khoram Sar Bagh district of Samangan province on Saturday. The Shaheen 209 Corps in a statement said that Qari Shafi, a local Taliban commander who was released

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Kabul: At least 1,691 fires which occurred in 34 provinces of Afghanistan over the past year has caused economic loses worth over 200 million afghanis, as per statistics from the General Directorate of Disaster Management and Firefighting of the Ministry of Interior. Apart from the financial loses, the fires have also caused great human loss. In the Islam Qala fire in Herat, more than

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