Taliban hand over seized cash, gold  to Af central bank

Taliban hand over seized cash, gold to Af central bank

Friday, 17 September 2021 | IANS | Kabul

The Taliban have handed over about $12.3 million cash and some gold to Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the country’s central bank, a statement said on Thursday. The cash and gold bars found from the houses of former administration’s officials and local offices of former government’s intelligence agency have been returned to...

ISIS bride wants chance to face UK courts, fight terror

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | PTI | London

Shamima Begum, the London-born Bangladeshi-origin woman who fled the UK to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist network in Syria as a teenager, said she is sorry “from the bottom of my heart” and pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a chance to face the UK justice system. In her...

Afghan female footballers evade Taliban, reach Pak

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | PTI | Islamabad

Thirty-two women football players from Afghanistan, who were facing threats from the Taliban, have reached Pakistan along with their families after the Government issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them, according to a media report on Wednesday. The footballers belonging to the national junior girls’ team had been originally due to...

Over $12m seized from ex-officials as cash crunch hits Afghanistan

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | AFP | Kabul

Afghanistan’s central bank said on Wednesday that the Taliban had seized more than $12 million in cash and gold from the homes of former Government officials, as it called for all transactions to be made in local currency. A foreign exchange crunch in the aid-dependent country threatens the Taliban’s rule one...

China backs Taliban’s demand to America to unfreeze Af’s assets

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | PTI | Beijing

China on Wednesday supported the Taliban’s demand that the US should unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets and said that America has no legitimate reasons to do so as the Chinese envoy to Kabul called on acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and congratulated the interim Government. According to reports from Washington, the...

Pakistan Govt open to pardon TTP members

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | PTI | Islamabad

The Pakistan Government would be “open to giving” a pardon to members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) if they promise not to indulge in terrorist activities and submit to the country’s Constitution, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi made the remarks during an interview with Britain’s online newspaper...

Nicholas, now tropical storm, may cause flash floods

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 | AP | Houston

Hurricane Nicholas, now a tropical storm, made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday, bringing the threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana. The storm could also cause life-threatening flash...

UK to roll out Covid booster jabs for over-50s

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 | PTI | London

The British Government will be accepting an expert panel’s recommendation and begin the rollout of booster vaccine shots across England for over-50s from next week, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Tuesday. Tabling the government’s winter strategy to tackle Covid-19, Javid told the House of Commons that the National...

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