South Asia

UN Calls for Better Afghan Family Reunification

UN Calls for Better Afghan Family Reunification

The U.N. refugee agency is calling on countries to ease bureaucratic requirements and speed up Afghan family reunification procedures.  More than 3.5 million Afghans are displaced inside Afghanistan and many more are displaced across the region in neighboring countries as refugees. U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo said it is …

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US Donates 9.6 Million Additional COVID Vaccine Doses to Pakistan

US Donates 9.6 Million Additional COVID Vaccine Doses to Pakistan

The United States announced Friday an additional 9.6 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are being shipped to Pakistan through the global vaccine-sharing COVAX initiative. The shipment brings to more than 25 million the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Washington to the Pakistani people, said the American Embassy in Islamabad. …

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Shi’ite Mosque Blast Kills 16 in Afghanistan

Shi’ite Mosque Blast Kills 16 in Afghanistan

An explosion ripped through a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 50, according to sources at the local Mirwais hospital. The blast went off during Friday prayers, usually attended by large crowds. Pictures and videos shared on social …

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Uzbek Election Eyed as Indicator of Nation’s Future 

Uzbek Election Eyed as Indicator of Nation’s Future 

The outcome of Uzbekistan’s October 24 presidential election is not in doubt, but that doesn’t mean no one is paying attention.  U.S. officials will be closely watching for hints to the future of Afghanistan’s northern neighbor and key energy provider as President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stands for a second — and …

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Pakistan Suspends Flights to Kabul Over ‘Inappropriate’ Taliban Behavior

Pakistan Suspends Flights to Kabul Over ‘Inappropriate’ Taliban Behavior

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Thursday suspended flights to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, over what the state-run carrier alleged was “heavy-handed” interference by the neighboring country’s ruling Taliban. The suspension came on the same day a Taliban Transport Ministry statement warned it will stop PIA flight operations between Islamabad and the Afghan capital unless the …

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Taliban: China is Ready to Invest Billions in Afghanistan

Taliban: China is Ready to Invest Billions in Afghanistan

China wants to invest billions of dollars in Afghanistan if the Taliban guarantee security for their workers and their assets. This, according to the Taliban’s acting Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Zabihullah Mujahid, who also said his government is ready to deliver. In a television interview with VOA’s Ayesha …

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