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New school in Hamdard village offers opportunities for children of refugees and internally displaced families

A new school was opened for up to 520 children from internally displaced families (IDPs) and host community families living in the township of Hamdard, near Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh province. The school is located in the village’s

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Russia donates 31 trucks to deliver food to Afghans in need

The World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan took delivery today of 31 heavy duty trucks, donated by the Government of the Russian Federation, to replace aging vehicles and boost WFP’s capacity to deliver food to some of the most far-flung

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Japan to shoulder Afghanistan’s air traffic control cost

The Afghan government called on Japan to provide USD 25mn to bear the cost of air traffic control operations for a 6-month period starting next month. International forces and the US government have been funding the air traffic control so

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UAE pledges support to Afghanistan in areas of transit trade and education

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Kabul, Yousuf Saif Seba Al Ali, met with President Ashraf Ghani today in the Presidential Palace. Ambassador Ali assured that his country was committed to fulfill the promises made to President Ghani during

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Afghan Pop-Star Aryana Sayeed joins Kim Kardashian in Hype Energy Drink launch in US

Hype Energy Drinks held a star-studded US launch in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, with their global ambassador, Kim Kardashian West and Afghan pop star and Ambassador Aryana Sayeed. Afghanistan’s very own Aryana Sayeed joined an all-star team to support the

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The Rise and Fall of Sepp Blatter

1998: The Blatter Reign Begins After 17 years as the top deputy to the retiring Joao Havelange, Sepp Blatter is elected FIFA president in 1998 in a close vote over a Swedish rival, Lennart Johansson. Charges of widespread bribery quickly

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IMF approves Staff-Monitored Program for Afghanistan

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan covering the period of April-December, 2015. An SMP is an informal agreement between country authorities and Fund staff to

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Ahmad Sarmast, the savior of Afghan music

Ahmad Naser Sarmast, a renowned musician, is the founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). Dr. Sarmast is alumni of Monash University, Australia, and the first native of Afghanistan to obtain a PhD in Music. Dr.

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President Ghani’s serious commitment to combat corruption

When President Ashraf Ghani took over the Afghan government after Hamid Karzai, he was faced with empty coffers, a fragile economy, aggressive insurgecy and a widespread corruption. He announced curbing corruption as one of his top priorities and insisted that

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Afghanistan lowers tariffs on Pakistani goods and expects the same

Pakistan’s government has demanded a decrease in transit tariffs on Pakistani goods en route to Central Asia countries through Afghanistan’s soil. Afghan Finance Ministry is willing to accept the demand if only Pakistan follows the same suit and acts as

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Bamiyan to be officially declared as SAARC Cultural Center by end of this week

Afghanistan’s historical city of Bamiyan will be officially declared as the Cultural Center of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in a ceremony on Thursday and Friday of this week. The Ministry of Information and Culture is in

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