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UK accelerates plans to resettle Afghan translators

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2021)

Plans to rapidly relocate hundreds more Afghans who worked for the British military and UK government, mostly as interpreters, have been announced, the BBC reported.

More than 3,000 Afghans, including family members, are expected to be allowed to settle in the UK, joining 1,300 who have already done so.

This comes amid a foreign troops withdrawal from Afghanistan and rising concern that the Afghan translators’ lives will be at risk once the international forces have left.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said it was “only right” to accelerate plans.

He said those being relocated were those that might otherwise “be at risk of reprisals” from the Taliban.

According to BBC, Home Secretary, Priti Patel described the move as “a moral obligation”.

In a statement, the UK government said: “Following the decision to begin the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan, the prime minister has agreed with the Ministry of Defence, Home Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to rapidly accelerate applications through the policy.”

It is not yet clear precisely how many Afghans will be relocated to the UK, but the government says it is expecting more than 3,000 to be resettled.

Wallace told the BBC that “with Western powers leaving, the threat is increasing, including targeted attacks by the Taliban”.

He said those who worked for the British had “sacrificed a lot to look after us and now is the time to do the same”.

Ms Patel said: “It’s our moral obligation to recognise the risks they faced in the fight against terrorism and reward their efforts.

“I’m pleased that we are meeting this fully, by providing them and their families the opportunity to build a new life in this country.”

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Gardez city residents to get clean water supply network

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(Last Updated On: September 18, 2021)

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is building a clean water supply network in eastern Paktia province, officials said Saturday.

According to Islamic Emirate officials, the project, at a cost of more than 5 million AFN (around $58,275), will be implemented in PD1 of the provincial capital Gardez city.

Mawlawi Mohammad Ibrahim, head of the provincial governor’s office, stated that as many as 200 families would have access to safe drinking water once the project is completed.

The project will be completed in the next four months.

Welcoming the implementation of the project, local residents stated that currently, they are facing a clean water shortage.

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Global COVID-19 cases surpass 226.8 mln, death toll tops 4.66 mln: WHO

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(Last Updated On: September 18, 2021)

The cumulative total of global COVID-19 cases increased to more than 226.8 million, with the death toll exceeding 4.66 million as of Friday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

There had been 226,844,344 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,666,334 deaths as of Friday, the WHO’s COVID-19 dashboard revealed.

A total of 5,634,533,040 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide as of Tuesday, the WHO reported.

The cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States neared 42 million as of Friday, with the death toll surpassing 672,000, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Specifically, the country’s case count rose to 41,942,199 on Friday, the CSSE tally showed.

The United States continues to lead the world in the numbers of both confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Another 32,651 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,371,301, according to official figures released on Friday.

The country also recorded another 178 coronavirus-related deaths as the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 134,983.

These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, Germany’s federal disease control agency, said in its latest report released on Friday that the country registered 11,022 new infections and 20 new deaths within 24 hours.

A total of 4,125,878 COVID-19 infections have been officially registered in Germany since the outbreak of the pandemic, with the death toll climbing to 92,857 as of Friday, said the RKI.

Russia registered 19,905 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 7,234,425 infections, the official monitoring and response center said on Friday.

The nationwide death toll grew by 791 to 196,626 fatalities while the number of recoveries increased by 16,619 to 6,469,017.

Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said on Friday that the situation with the coronavirus in the country is stable but remains tense.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 33,417,390 on Saturday, as 35,662 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, the federal health ministry’s latest data showed.

An additional 281 deaths were also recorded since Friday morning, taking the death toll to 444,529.

Most of the new cases and deaths were reported from the southern state of Kerala.

Currently, there are 340,639 active cases in the country with an increase of 1,583 during the period.

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 23,134 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,347,550.

The DOH also reported 255 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the country’s death toll to 36,583.

Vietnam reported 11,521 new COVID-19 cases and 212 deaths on Friday, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the country’s total tally to 667,650, with 16,637 deaths, the ministry said.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 5,972 in the epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 4,013 in the nearby Binh Duong province and 345 in Dong Nai province.

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Two killed, 19 wounded in four explosions in Nangarhar

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(Last Updated On: September 18, 2021)

Local sources confirmed on Saturday that four back to back explosions happened in various parts of Jalalabad city.

Eye witnesses say that several people were killed and wounded in the explosions.

Sources at the Nangarhar Regional Hospital said that two dead and 19 wounded were transferred to the hospital.

The reason for the explosions is not yet clear and no one has claimed responsibility.

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