President Ashraf Ghani addressed the introductory meeting of the newly nominated ministers at the Presidential Palace on Monday, where he appointed 10 acting ministers. According to the decree: Fazal Ahmad Manawi to the Ministry of Justice Qudratullah Zaki to Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohibullah Samim to Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj to Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Noor Rehman Akhlaqi to Ministry

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The House of Representatives on Monday summoned the acting Minister of Interior (MoI) and the acting head of National Directorate of Security (NDS) to address a plenary session about the Security Pact programme. Acting Minister of Interior Masoud Andarabi emphasized that the programme was not to arm people and he “opposes the formation of militias.” He also told them that the purpose of the pact

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With the increase in wild polio cases this year, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced on Monday, that the delayed vaccination campaigns had started once more across 20 provinces. The MoPH said that the polio vaccine campaigns had been delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, exposing more than 9.9 million Afghan children under the age of five to the polio virus.

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Officials confirmed that 30 students of Ghor University had tested positive for Coronavirus, prompting the recommendation for shutting down the institution on Monday. Masoumeh Jafari, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), told Reporterly, that they had received news of 74 students showing symptoms of COVID-19. Their samples were sent to the laboratory in Herat for testing, where 30 were found to be

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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will be making a short trip to India on Tuesday to meet political leaders in New Delhi, Indian media reports. According to diplomats, Khalilzad will be making a shout four-hour-long stop in India, where he will meet with Minister of External Affair S Jaishankar and share details of the Afghan peace process.

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From the 365 samples tested for Coronavirus, 56 were found to be positive over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said, taking the Afghan tally to 38,772 confirmed infections so far. New cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (30), Badghis (11), Balkh (7), Kabul (2), Kandahar (2), Daykundi (2), Kunduz (1) and Wardak (1).

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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Monday, to discuss the latest developments in the Afghan peace process with Pakistani leaders, local media reported. Khalilzad is expected to meet Pakistan’s top civilian and military leaders and discuss the intra-Afghan dialogues, said local broadcasters citing Foreign Ministry sources. Khalilzad’s visit

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The contact groups from the Afghan government and the Taliban’s negotiating teams held their first meeting on Sunday evening, and discussed the agenda, schedules of upcoming meetings, the code of conduct and relevant issues, according to Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan peace delegation. Nadery tweeted: “The first meeting between the contact groups of the two negotiation teams took place today. In this

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