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Children go missing as US-bound refugees clash with Mexican forces             Chinaís ex-Interpol chief sentenced to 13.5 years over graft, abuse of power             Ex-inspector tells UN how OPCW whitewashed findings on Douma chemical attack             India: Students protest against governmentís citizenship policies in Delhi             Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest             Yemen dismisses Saudi, UAE claim of Houthi role in deadly missile attack in Maírib            On the move: Conflict, refugee returns fuel Afghanistan displacement            Taliban, US involved in controversy of ceasefire, reduction in violence             US not done in Venezuela, Pompeo announcing new sanctions on Caracas             Propped up by Trump, gun activists rally against proposed Virginia gun laws             Death toll from Chinaís mystery virus rises to four             South Korea to dispatch Ďanti-piracy unití to Strait of Hormuz, not to join US-led alliance             Royals give up their titles to live in ípeaceí             There is a Ďdisincentiveí to tell the truth about progress in Afghanistan, Pentagon official says             Ghani Calls For Investigation of Kabul Family Murder            

Govt ĎApplies Double Standardí to Private Sector: Union

The Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA) on Saturday strongly criticized the Afghan government--particularly the Operation and Support Office of the President for National Development (OSOPND)--for applying a ‘double...



Govt ĎApplies Double Standardí to Private Sector: Union

The Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA) on Saturday strongly criticized the Afghan government--particularly the Operation and Support Office of the President for National Development (OSOPND)--for applying a ‘double standardí to the private sector in Afghanistan in the bidding process for contracts....




US, China sign ímomentousí trade deal

After nearly two years of conflict between the worldís top two economic powers, the United States and China signed a trade truce on Wednesday, letting businesses around the globe breathe a sigh of relief. The deal is a boon to US President Donald Trump, who faces an impeachment trial and a tough reelection...




US budget deficit tops $1 trillion in 2019

The US budget deficit through the first three months of this budget year is up 11.8% from the same period a year ago, putting the country on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit in eight years. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit from October through...




New Boeing chief executive takes over with 737 max crisis unresolved

Boeing Coís new Chief Executive David Calhoun assumes the job Monday as the US planemaker battles to recover from two fatal crashes of 737 MAX planes that killed 346 people in five months and led to the modelís worldwide grounding in March. Calhoun, 62, a long-time Boeing director named chairman in...




Trumpís tariffs on imports backfired, caused job losses and higher prices: Fed study

US President Donald Trumpís tariffs on imports have backfired, causing job losses and higher prices, a new study by the Federal Reserve has found. "We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices,"...




Document: MoF Asks Govt-Run Bank to Pay Taxes in Advance

A letter seen by TOLOnews shows the Ministry of Finance (MoF) needs funds for major national projects and has asked the government-run Bank-e-Millie Afghan (BMA) to transfer 800 million Afs (over $10 million) to the ministry. The ministry has asked for the money as a prepaid tax, not a loan, the document...




 

India, Iran Agree to Accelerate Chabahar Project

India and Iran on Sunday agreed to accelerate work on the Chabahar port, which is jointly being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan, the Times of India reported. The decision was made after Indiaís External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif...




Trump approves sanctions against Russia-Europe gas pipeline

US President Donald Trump has signed off on sanctions against companies building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany that Washington fears will give Moscow great leverage over European allies. The US sanctions were included in the 2020 military spending bill that Trump signed on Friday at a...




 

Afghan Saffron Ranked Best in the World for Eighth Year

Saffron cultivated and produced in Afghanistan has been recognized as the best in the world in terms of its quality for the eighth consecutive year, a member of the Saffron Producers Union in Kabul said. According to the union, the quality and taste of the Afghan saffron were evaluated at an institution...




Ghani Orders Termination of Gold, Copper Mining Contracts

President Ashraf Ghani ordered the termination of two major mining contracts - for Balkhab copper deposit in Sar-e-Pul province and for a gold deposit in Badakshan -- during a High Economic Council meeting last week. The order was confirmed by Abdul Qadir Mutfi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Mines...




US-China trade friction sends European shares lower

European stocks were on track for their worst day in six weeks on Wednesday, as a threat of US-China trade negotiations hitting an impasse weighed, while a slump in Germanyís Wirecard and falling oil prices added to the gloom. Germanyís DAX .GDAXI, the most trade-sensitive among Europeís regional...




Oil prices jump following suspected attacks on two oil tankers in Sea of Oman

Crude oil futures have jumped on Thursday following reports of explosions targeting two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman. Benchmark Brent crude oil rises 4% in trading to over $62 a barrel after the incident, Bloomberg reported. Reuters, citing four shipping and trade sources, said two tankers —...




US mulls new sanctions to kill Iran-EU trade vehicle

The Trump administration is now weighing sanctions on Iran’s counterpart to the European special-purpose vehicle for humanitarian trade, Bloomberg says. The financial news provider quoted a senior administration official as saying that the latest measures will target the Special Trade and...




NATO Has Commended Reforms In Afghan Institutions: Qayumi

Acting Finance Minister Mohammad Humayun Qayumi says the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the allianceís partners have commended reforms in the Afghan governmentís civilian and military institutions and have reaffirmed their commitment to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces...




US imports rise from other nations amid China trade war: Data

US President Donald Trump’s tariffs imposed on Chinese goods are driving some American manufacturing out of China, but a significant amount remains outside of the United States, US government data shows. Rather than boost US factories, a number of other countries, particularly China’s...




China vows to ífight to the endí if US intensifies trade war

China has vowed to “fight to the end” if the US decides to intensify its trade war amid a renewed threat by the President Donald Trump to impose additional tariffs on Chinese exports. "If the United States willfully decides to escalate tensions, weíll fight to the end," said the...




China strikes back at US with tariff hike on goods worth $60bn

China has announced plans to impose tariffs on 60 billion dollarsí worth of US goods as of the beginning of next month, a retaliatory measure taken amid escalating trade war between the two sides in the aftermath of Washingtonís move to tax almost all Chinese imports to the United States. The...




Germany pledges 59 million euros to Afghanistan

The announcement was as government consultations on cooperation between Afghanistan and Germany in 2019 ended on Tuesday. An additional 100 million euros or 8.7 billion afghanis shall be allocated to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, a German press release said. That will be subject to the...




US fines Standard Chartered $1.1bn over Iran transactions

London-based Standard Chartered has been fined $1.1 billion by US authorities for allegedly breaching sanctions against Iran and other countries. The fine is one of the largest imposed on a bank since France’s BNP Paribas had to pay $8.9 billion in penalties in 2014 over alleged sanctions...




Afghanistan Loses $8m After Pakistanís Airspace Closure

The Civil Aviation Authority estimates that the closure of Pakistanís airspace to commercial flights cost Afghanistan at least $8 million in more than a month. Pakistan closed its airspace to all commercial flights late in February after escalating tensions with India. The airspace was opened to some...




UK food prices rise as no Brexit deal reached

British shop prices have risen for the first time in five years as British retailers warn that no-deal Brexit will have "severe consequences" to the economy. Food prices rose in August as a long spell of hot, dry, weather reduced yields of some foods produced in the UK, while oil and agricultural...




UK Contributes £10m Aid to Drought-hit Afghans

The United Kingdom has announced £10m of emergency food aid to 1.4 million people in Afghanistan whose lives are at risk from a deadly drought. The UK is one of the first countries to support the United Nations’ appeal. Our rapid response will help import and distribute food and nutrition...




Franceís PSA again reverses on Iran deal in deference to US

PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, has become the latest French company to suspend its joint venture activities in Iran, despite promising to stand its ground in the face of sanctions. A statement attributed to the carmaker said PSA “began the process of suspending the activities...




UN: Trump forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin

The United Nations monitor on poverty has warned that US President Donald Trump is forcing millions of Americans into financial hardship, depriving them of food and other basic needs while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy. Philip Alston, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty...




Afghanistanís Economy Stalls without Troop Presence: SIGAR

The Afghanistanian economy tanked after large numbers of coalition troops and the jobs created to support them left the country, indicating a 16-year, $122 billion reconstruction effort failed to develop a sustainable economic system, according to a US watchdog agency. Businesses that boomed in Afghanistan...




Afghanistan-Iran Trade Volumes Rise

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) says Iran was Afghanistanís biggest trade partner in the last solar year - March 2017 to 21 March 2018 - and exported goods to the value of over $1.98 billion USD. The ACCI said trade volume between Afghanistan and Pakistan was $1.2 billion USD in...




Work On Afghanistan Section Of TAPI Project Launched

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Herat on Friday to launch the start of work on the Afghanistan section of the key Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project that will feed natural gas to the three countries from Turkmenistan. Attending Fridayís ceremony was President Ashraf...




High-Level Russian Delegation to Visit Kabul for Trade Talks

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday said a high-ranking delegation of Russian officials will visit Kabul soon to discuss investment opportunities in Afghanistan. "A delegation of sixteen Russian investors led by the countryís Water and Energy minister will visit Afghanistan...




Russia buying more gold in push away from dollar

Indications have appeared that Russia has been expediting its purchases of gold in a campaign which is meant to phase in a gold-backed standard of trade with little reliance - or no reliance in the eventual phase - on the US dollar. The website of Russia Today, the Russian television news channel, quoted...




Upcoming event in India big opportunity for investment in Afghanistan: CE Abdullah

The upcoming trade event, involving representatives from Afghanistan, India and the United States, is a big opportunity for investment in Afghanistan, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said Monday. The event in New Delhi, sponsored by U.S. and hosted by India, will be first of its kind and it comes...




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