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ISLAMABAD: Federal Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid Friday said that vaccination as well as precautionary measures were essential to ward off 4th wave of Coronavirus and during the Eid holidays government would monitor implementation of SOPs in public places. The new strict SOPs are being issued in view of the recent uptick of Indian delta variant cases countrywide, she was speaking to a private news channel. “We are a strong nation and can defeat COVID-19 waves effectively, but for that cooperation from every citizen is imperative”, she added. Nausheen Hamid said health teams were conducting random testing in cattle…

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday strongly rejected the allegations of Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh against the Pakistan Air Force trying to help the Taliban. The Afghan vice president Thursday had accused the PAF of warning Afghan security forces that it would retaliate against any move to dislodge Taliban fighters in the strategic border region of Spin Boldak. The Foreign Office said the “Pakistan Air Force never communicated anything to the Afghan Air Force”. Giving the background of the situation, the Foreign Office said the Afghan side conveyed to Pakistan the intention of carrying out air operations inside its territory opposite…

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TASHKENT (Uzbekistan): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday joined other regional leaders at a conference held in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, aimed at strengthening close ties among the Central and South Asian countries in the interest of their people. The Plenary session of the conference titled ‘Central and South Asia Regional Connectivity, challenges and opportunities’ held at Congress Centre, was attended by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, the foreign ministers and high representatives of the countries of Central and South Asia, and the heads of international and regional organizations and global financial institutions. The main objective…

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Messaging and voice-over IP service WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let people message without using their phone for the first time. Presently, WhatsApp is linked to a user’s phone. Its desktop and web apps need that device to connect and receive messages. But the new feature will let users send and receive messages “even if your phone battery is dead”. Up to four other devices – like PCs and tablets – can be used together, WhatsApp said on Thursday. To begin with, the new feature will be rolled out as a beta test for a “small group…

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BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein pledged on Thursday that his country will investigate human trafficking networks responsible for smuggling hundreds of Iraqis into Europe, specifically to Lithuania from Belarus. The announcement came after a meeting in Baghdad with visiting Lithuanian counterpart, Gabrielius Landsbergis. Lithuania, which recently had to declare a state of emergency due to the rising influx of migrants, had appealed on Iraq to act in the matter. Hussein said Iraq will form a committee with representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Migration Ministry, as well as intelligence and the Civil Aviation Authority to clamp down on the smuggling networks.…

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RAMALLAH: The Israeli army said it had arrested dozens of Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank it accused of being “terror operatives” of Hamas. Palestinian sources said that dozens of students from Birzeit University were arrested as they were returning by bus from the village of Turmus Ayya where earlier this month Israeli troops demolished the family home of a Palestinian American awaiting trial on charges of shooting a Jewish student in the West Bank earlier this year. An Israeli army statement said: “Some of the apprehended terror operatives were directly involved in terror activities, including money transfers, incitement and…

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Germany: Emergency responders on Friday were still searching for hundreds of missing people after the worst floods in living memory killed almost 60 in the country’s west.“I fear that we will only see the full extent of the disaster in the coming days,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said from Washington, where she met with President Joe Biden.Catching residents of several regions unaware and leaving destruction and despair in their wake, the masses of water were dubbed the “flood of death” by top-selling daily Bild.Neighbouring Belgium counted at least nine dead, while Luxembourg and the Netherlands were also severely affected by the torrents…

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RIYADH: Bitcoin traded lower on Thursday, falling by 3.1 percent to SR119,398.31 ($31,836.34) . Ether, the second most traded cryptocurrency, traded at $1,929.44, which was down by 3.9 percent, according to data from the news website CoinDesk. In other cryptocurrency news, Italy’s market watchdog Consob said on Thursday that cryptocurrency exchange Binance, the world’s biggest exchange by spot trading volumes, is not authorized to carry out activities in the European country. The regulator said last month that the uncontrolled spread of cryptocurrencies was a cause for concern and warned savers to “adopt the utmost caution” when transacting in crypto assets.…

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MOSCOW: Russia is concerned over the growing intensity of hostilities in Afghanistan but does not believe the Taliban will try to seize power in the country, said the Russian presidential envoy for Afghanistan. The most active clashes are happening in the northern provinces bordering Central Asian states that are allies and partners of Russia, Zamir Kabulov said in an interview with Anadolu Agency. “In recent days, the intensity of hostilities has been increasing, especially in the northern provinces of the country, against the background of the almost completed withdrawal of US and NATO troops. This situation cannot but worry us. At the same time, we believe that…

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KABUL: Afghan security forces have retaken control of a major southern border crossing with Pakistan that the Taliban briefly captured, a senior Afghan government official said on Thursday, but the Taliban dismissed that saying they still held the town. Taliban fighters captured the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing on Wednesday, the second most important crossing on the border with Pakistan and a major source of revenue for the Western-backed government in Kabul. But Afghan forces retook the area’s main market, the customs department and other government installations in the border town a few hours later on Wednesday, a senior government official in the…

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