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Concerns Over FaceApp’s Privacy Breach

Senator Chuck Schumer wants an investigation into FaceApp, an app that uses AI to make one look older or younger. FaceApp is a Russian-based company, and Schumer stated that he does want American data to go in the hands of

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Workshop Held To Facilitate Trade Between Afghanistan & Uzbekistan

The United States continued support to enhance cross-border trade and strengthen economic ties between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan at the “Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth,” event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from July 14th – July 17th. USAID is supporting private-sector led economic

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USAID Supports NAREC Forum To Resolve Rural Issues in Afghanistan

USAID hosted the National Agriculture Education, Research, Extension and Economic Conference on July 15-17, 2019 to bring together experts to discuss current issues in agricultural education, research and extension. Participants share a common goal of developing solutions that will improve

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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Step Up Efforts To Bolster Trade Ties

Afghanistan and Uzbekistan are continuing efforts to strengthen trade relations between the two countries. Significant progress was made during the second round of the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan public-private dialogue – held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 16 July – during which the two

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New Storage Facility Opens In Kabul Airport

A new USAID-funded cold storage facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) will enable exporters to increase shipments of perishable fresh fruits and vegetables to high-paying international markets, minimizing product loss and maximizing profit. The facility was inaugurated at a

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Argentina Ends Third in Copa America

Argentina secured third place in the Copa America by beating Chile in a very heated match. Argentina beat Chile 2 – 1 in Copa America, with Messi providing an assist to Sergio Aguero and getting a red card with only

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The US Labor Market Thundered in June

Although economists had forecast 160,000 jobs, 224,000 jobs were created in the USA in June. This eradicated the idea that America’s economy was heading for a recession. The business sector added 51,000 jobs to the economy, with healthcare, transportation, and

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5% Of Government Contracts Allocated For Afghan Women

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced that a minimum quota of 5% is reserved for Afghan women entrepreneurs in government contracts in a bid to improve their participation in the economy. This directive was issued during the president’s visit in Kandahar

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Frank Lampard Hired As Chelsea Club’s Manager

Newly appointed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard states that his new managerial role at Chelsea will be his toughest challenge yet. Frank Lampard has played for Chelsea for 14 years, and has been the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. He was

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Andy Murray & Serena Williams To Play Mixed Doubles at Wimbledon

Two-times singles champion Andy Murray stated that he will play mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Andy Murray will be returning the first time after his hip surgery. Serena Williams is also struggling with a lingering knee injury but

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First Ever Solar Power Plant Inaugurated in Energy-Starved Kandahar Province

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first ever solar power plant in southern Kandahar province, where residents and industrialists have been demanding electricity for years. The $39 million solar power plant will produce a total of 30 megawatts energy, helping

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Women’s Football USA vs France Sets Rating Record

The U.S women’s football team sets record for the most viewed Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match on U.S English-language television. Fox drew 6.12 million viewers for Friday’s match between USA and France, and peaked at 8.24 million. Additionally, the match

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Rashford Signs Contract With Man-U Till June 2023

Marcus Rashford has signed a £200,000-a-week contract with Manchester United until June 2023, and has an option to extend the contract for one more year. The English forward, aged 21, joined United when he was seven years old, and made

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Afghanistan to Purchase 14mn Euros Worth of Biometric Devices for the Upcoming Elections

The National Procurement Commission has approved the purchase of 17,865 biometric verification devices to be used at the upcoming presidential elections. The devices, including accessories like printers, power bank and printing paper, are expected to cost over €14 million, according

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Uzbekistan Pledges $45mn to Support Afghanistan’s Power Transmission Project

In a meeting with CEO Abdullah Abdullah in Mazar-e-Sharif on Monday, Uzbekistan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Airpov pledges to provide $45 million for a power transmission project. The 200-kilometer long power transmission line runs from Sarkhan in Uzbekistan to Pul-e-Khumri in

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New Study Indicates a Drastic Decrease in Availability of Credit in Herat

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a research paper titled “On Borrowed Time: The limits of informal credit for livelihood security in Herat, Afghanistan” at an event in Kabul on 1 July 2019. The event was attended by

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Mumbai Trade Mission Nets $123 Million in Contracts for Afghan Agriculture Exporters

Exporters of Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, spices, honey, and juices left a Mumbai trade event this week with contracts worth more than $123 million from buyers in India, one of the most lucrative trade events for Afghan agriculture exporters in

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Afghan Traders Sign Deals Worth $75mn in Mumbai Exhibition

Afghan traders concluded contracts and commitments worth $75 million in a two-day agricultural expo held in Mumbai, India. Afghan traders obtained a contract worth $30 million on the first day of the exhibition, and the figure raised to $75 million

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Afghanistan Inaugurates Kabul-Sharjah Air Corridor

Afghanistan inaugurated its latest air corridor, the Kabul-Sharjah air corridor, in a bid to further Afghanistan’s exports. According to the Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the first flight carried two tons of fresh apricots to the Sharjah City of

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Third Private Bank Goes Bankrupt in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Commercial Bank (ACB) becomes the third private bank to go bankrupt in the past one decade. Originally operating under the name of BRAC Bank, ACB went bankrupt last year due to major violations in its banking system. The BRAC

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First Consignment of Afghan Products Arrives in Azerbaijan Through Turkmenistan

The first consignment of Afghan products, including 115MTs of marble, successfully reached Azerbaijan today through Turkmenistan.  This new route opens Azerbaijan’s markets for Afghan products and boosts trade cooperation between the two countries. The inauguration was attended by officials from

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Pakistan Promises To Reopen Airspace for Afghanistan-India Flights In 3 Days

Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said that Pakistan has promised to re-open its airspace for Afghanistan-India flights on June 14. Pakistan closed its airspace in February after India launched air strikes on militant bases across the border in Pakistan in

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Forex Traders Stage Protest in Kabul

Forex traders gathered in front of a local forex trading firm in Kabul protesting against the scam reports that have recently surfaced online. The protestors claimed that Albashir Exchange & MSP was a local forex trading firm in Kabul that

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The Impact Of Illegal Drugs In Afghanistan On Political Settlement

The result of a study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the financial support of the European Union indicates that ongoing debates on the peace and reconciliation process have largely ignored the production of illegal drugs

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Pakistani Currency Could Drop To 200 A Dollar By 2020

Pakistani Currency Could Drop To 200 A Dollar By 2020 Pakistani currency continues to lose its value in the international market, dropping more than 5% in May and standing at 150 per dollar. According to Bloomberg, the rupee hit its

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