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Sopko Emphasizes US Support to Afghan Women

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KABUL – US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko on Wednesday emphasized the importance of the United States’ support to Afghan women and said inattention to women in Afghanistan can lead to a tragedy for them. Explaining his new report, Support for Gender Equality: Lessons from the …

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Gen. McKenzie: Taliban Continue Extreme Violence

Taliban ban foreign fighters from joining their ranks

KABUL – Commander of the U.S Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie in conversation with the Middle East Institute said violence in Afghanistan remains high. In his conversation, he said “The Taliban continue to resort to extreme violence and targeted killings across the country and frequent attacks on the Afghan forces. …

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NATO: No Full Withdrawal After May

NATO, No Full Withdrawal After May

KABUL – International troops plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline envisaged by the insurgent Taliban’s deal with the United States, Reuters quoted four senior NATO officials. The move could however escalate tensions with the Taliban which is demanding a full withdrawal. “There will be no full withdrawal …

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Antony Blinken: Will Thoroughly Assess US-Taliban Deal

Blinken, will review US-Taliban deal

KABUL – President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration will review the peace agreement with the Taliban. “We want to end this so-called forever war. We want to bring our forces home. We want to retain some capacity to deal with any …

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ILO Calls for Greater Protection of Homeworkers

ILO calls for greater protection of homeworkers

GENEVA – The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called for greater protection of homeworkers, who have increased in the face of the impact for Covid-19. In its report “Working from home from invisibility to decent work”, UN agency shows that this group does not have the same level of protection …

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U.S. is UN’s Defaulter, not Contributor: China

Chinese Foreign Ministry says that U.S. is UN's defaulter, not contributor

BEIJING – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said that the international community clearly knows if the United States is the biggest contributor to the UN. This was the response of Zhao Lijian to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s, assertion that the United States is the largest contributor to …

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US ‘Expects’ Kabul to Prioritize Fight Against Corruption

Ross Wilson, US is not advocating for interim govt in Afghanistan

KABUL – US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson said Wednesday that Washington expects the Afghan government to strengthen its commitment to fight corruption and to address the issue of impunity against powerful people in this regard. Marking International Anti-Corruption Day, Wilson said in a series of tweets: “I want to emphasize …

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