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Friday March 23, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The highest number of asylum seekers in Bulgaria last year are people from Afghanistan - 1050. For the past 15 years people from Afghanistan who demanded asylum in our country are 25,000. This is evidence from Eurostat's first analysis of the number of asylumseekers for the in EU countries in 2017. In the second position is Iraq, the number of asylum seekers was 955 people, and the third was Syria - 940, according to European statistics, cited by BTA. For the first two months of this year, 224 people sought refuge in Bulgaria, with the number of Syrians being the largest - 150, followed by Iraqi representatives - 35 and Afghanistan - 20. A refugee status has been received by about 60 people, humanitarian status - 98, and a refusal was given to about 180 people.
According to the State Agency for Refugees, for the 15-year period, the largest group of asylum seekers is from Afghanistan with about 25 thousand people. The second largest is the group of people from Syria - about 21 thousand, and third - from Iraq - about 19 thousand.
Nearly 650,000 people have applied for international protection in the EU for the first time in 2017, according to Eurostat. This is close to half of those who applied for asylum in the EU in 2016 when their number exceeded 1.2 million people.
Syrians (102,400 candidates), Iraqis (47,500) and Afghans (43,600) remain mainly those seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2017. The majority of Syrians have sought shelter in Germany - nearly 50,000, in Greece - about 16,000, and in Austria - over 7,000. Germany is the country with the highest number of asylum seekers last year - more than 200,000 or about 30 per cent of the total number of asylum seekers in the EU. It is followed by Italy - 127,000 (or 20 per cent), France - 91,000 (or 14 per cent), Greece - 57,000 (or 9 per cent), and Great Britain - 33,000 (or 5 per cent).
The Eurostat analysis also takes some interesting details about the nationality of asylum seekers in some EU countries: for example, the most compact group of asylum seekers in Spain is from Venezuela - over 10 000 asylum applications. In France, the largest number of asylum seekers is Albania - about 12,000, in Italy - most are asylum seekers are Nigerian - nearly 25,000, in Poland - the most compact group comes from Russia - over 2000, etc. A total of 222,000 were granted refugee status in the EU in 2017 at first instance, 159,000 were granted subsidiary protection status (as victims of military conflicts) and 63,000 were granted a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, Eurostat reported.
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Friday March 23, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Cash assistances have been donated to 73 martyrs, injuries and displaced families in northern Kunduz province.
Spokesman of Kunduz governor told BNA reporter, based on a decree issued by Executive Chief Office, over 2.6 million Afghanis have been distributed to 73 martyrs, injures and displaced families in Kunduz province.
Each martyred families have received 100,000 Afs, each injured families have received 50,000 Afs, while each families those displaced from their houses have received 15,000 Afghanis, the source added.
Abdul Jabar Naimi governor of Kunduz and local officials of the province were present during distribution of the cash.
According to another report, refugees and repatriation department of Kunduz have been donated cash to 310 war-affected families in the province.
Governor of Kunduz told, each of the war-affected families have been received 6200 Afghanis, which the aids have provided by ACTID organization.
T/M.A.Ansari

Friday March 23, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Afghan National Defense and Security Forces by conducting several joint military operations succeeded to annihilate 35 armed oppositions and injured 31 others across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operations were launched to suppress anti-government militias and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kunar, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Jawzjan and Helmand provinces.
In-charge of judicial of Taliban and 4 ISIS fighters were among the dead, the source added.
T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday March 22, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Three militants who wanted to do a series of terrorist and destructive activities during Nawroz Festival were killed in northern Faryab province.
Abdul Karim Yorush spokesman of police chief in Farayb told BNA correspondent, the terrorists were killed during air attacks carried out by Afghan air forces, while they had plan to throw a BM1 bullet on a ceremony held for Nawroz celebration in Shah Mardan region, Andkhoy district of the province.
Five others rebels were injured following the air raids. Yurush added.
T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday March 22, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations strongly condemned the deadly attack earlier Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, near a major religious shrine where people had gathered to celebrate Nowruz – the traditional New Year and the arrival of spring. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres offered his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. “Nowruz is a time of renewal and celebration, and should be a time for promoting the values of peace and solidarity,” he said, reiterating that those organized the attack “must be brought to justice.” The UN chief also expressed his solidary with the Government and the people of Afghanistan in the aftermath of the violence.
According to the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA, initial reports indicate that at least 25 civilians were killed and many others injured. There are fears the numbers could rise. Media reports suggest a suicide blew himself up near the shrine.
In a separate statement, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the head of the UN Mission, echoed the Secretary-General’s condemnation. “I reiterate that under no circumstances are such attacks justifiable, and I once again call on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law, at all times.”
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:53

U.S. Condemns Afghanistan Attack

Thursday March 22, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The United States strongly condemned the "shameful" attack at Kabul University in Afghanistan on Wednesday that killed at least 28 people and left many wounded. "This shameful attack on a peaceful gathering to celebrate Nowruz has marred the new year with pain and tragedy," according to a statement from State Department spokesperson Heath Nauert. "Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack." Afghani officials confirmed a suicide bomber detonated an explosive close to the Ali Abad Hospital and Kabul University. The so-called Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the mid-day attack, which injured as many as 65 men, children and women.
The US pledged to stand with the people of Afghanistan, according to Nauert, "we remain firmly committed to supporting the Afghan people's efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country."
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:52

EU Condemns Kabul "Terror Attack"

Thursday March 22, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The European Union (EU) has denounced a bomb attack near a shrine in Kabul early Wednesday that killed 29 people and injured over 50 others.
"Today is the first day of the Nowruz (Afghan New Year) celebrations, it should be a day of joy, celebrating with friends and family the arrival of spring," said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement. "A terrorist attack in Kabul this morning has shattered this moment of celebration for many," she noted. "As the European Union, we will keep working with the Afghan authorities towards reaching peace," Kocijancic stressed.
She went on to say that "the offer of peace made by the Afghan Government at the recent Kabul Process meeting, along with the unanimous support of the international community, should be seized by all so that violence and terror can stop once and for all, allowing for a truly Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive dialogue." The spokesperson said the EU will reiterate this message at next week's Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan, where Mogherini will represent the 28-member European bloc. "The Afghan people deserve and need a better present and future," added the statement.
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Thursday March 22, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds returned, war-affected and poor families in northern Sar-e-Pul province.
In-charge of refugees and repatriation department in Sar-e-Pul said BNA correspondent, in this round 119 destitute, war-damaged and returned families have received the assistances.
The distribution aids include, flour, cooking ghee, peace, salt, blanket, mattress and kitchen site which provided by World Food Program (WFP), United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Support Children, the source added.
T/M.A.Ansari

Friday March 16, 2018
Herat City (BNA) A person accused of Tablet-K kept and transmitter was arrested by Afghan security forces in western Herat province.
The man was arrested along with a package of Tablet-K from Herat city late yesterday.
Senior security official in Herat told BNA reporter, efforts underway to prevent smuggling and distribution of Tablet-K among youth in the province.
Tablets-K are an electrolyte replenisher. The chemical name is potassium chloride, and the structural formula is KCI. Potassium chloride, USP, occurs as a white, granular powder or as colorless crystals. It is odorless and has a saline taste. Its solutions are neutral to litmus. It is freely soluble in water and insoluble in alcohol.
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Friday March 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team in his first match of second round of Cricket World Cup Qualifier succeeded to defeat West Indies national cricket team by 3 wickets in Harara sports club on Thursday.
According to BNA report, first West Indies has started batting scored 197 for 8 in 50 overs, Afghan bowlers were well Mujeeb Zadran took 3 wickets, while Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf dismissed one/one wicket each of them.
Then, Afghan batmen completed the chosen target in 47 overs by 3 wickets, Rahmat Shah (68), Mohammad Nabi  (31), Samiullah Shinwari (27), Najibullah Zadran (19), Gulbuddin Nayeb (10), Shahzad Mohammadi (8), Sharafuddin Ashraf (7 not out), Rashid Khan (13 not out).
Afghanistan entered the Super Sixes stage of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier knowing they needed to win their next three matches to stand any chance of progressing to the main event next summer.
T/M.A.Ansari

 

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