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Friday July 8, 2016
Kabul (BNA) I had a feeling, about the spring of 2015 that something was going to happen because the government in Greece had changed and declared that they were going to open the borders. There was something in the air. I decided to go to Lesbos in May – before the big wave in July and August. A lot of my friends who are journalists advised me to go to Kos, to go to other islands south of Crete, where there were a few hundred refugees. But Lesbos made more sense to me because it was closer to Turkey and I was going there for my holidays. It was a bit quiet when I arrived and asked locals where the landings were happening. They said it was somewhere in the north but they didn’t tell me a specific place, so I was just driving around, trying to find some wreckage or something, evidence of people having landed there. I spent a couple of days there without seeing anything, just wandering around the beach. One day I met Costas – a big, smiling fisherman who goes out in his little boat and saves people. I gave him my number and he called me at about 5.30 in the morning to tell me that a dinghy was approaching.
I ran to the beach and got there just in time for the landing. It was a boat with Afghans. I remember minutes before they landed, they were singing. Maybe it’s because they were happy they were finally in Europe. When they got out, very quickly they took off their wet clothes, put some dry clothes on, and then started walking towards the village [Moria, where the First Reception Centre is located]. From the moment they jumped off the boat, those kids were posing in front of my camera. All the time they wanted to be the center of attention. While we were walking on the road by the seaside, they posed for me and I took that picture. Then they carried on walking and I guess they got to the camp at Moria, as I didn’t see them after that. I chose that picture because it was full of energy and it had a positive message, in a way. Usually refugees are portrayed as miserable… or not always miserable, but they’re going through such a horrible time. They’re not smiling, and so on. Those two little kids were full of confidence and full of life.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, led a high-ranking government delegation, opened Tuesday the conference titled “Rule of law” in Germany’s Heidelberg city. 
in the visit to Gernmany, second vice president was accompanied by chief justice and chairman of Afghanistan supreme court Sayed Yousuf Halim, head of independent commission for overseeing the implementation constitution Dr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzi, two members of the commission and a member for supreme court. In the conference held by Max Planck and with cooperation of Hamida Barmaki Organization in Heidelberg city of Germany, second vice president in his opening speech while praising holders of the conference, the government of Germany and relevant organizations of the country for cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, said friendly and diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Germany reached to 100 years, saying that they were determined in expansion of mutual relations between the two countries.
Pointing to historic relations and friendship between the two countries, second vice president praised the government of Germany for hosting a large number of Afghan migrants.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) Seventeen terrorists were killed in aerial raids conducted by the security forces in North Waziristan, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday night.
According to ISPR, the air strikes were carried out in Shawal and Datakhel areas of North Waziristan, along the border of Afghanistan, killing seventeen terrorists.
Pakistan army is engaged in fight against terrorism in North Waziristan agency as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in June 2014 against local and foreign terrorists.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Peshawar (BNA)   At least 20 people have been killed, including students and a professor, as gunmen attacked a university in northwest Pakistan, a provincial minister says.
The assault began on Wednesday morning at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, about 140km from the capital Islamabad. 
Analysis - Gunmen attack university in northwest Pakistan
Provincial Minister for Health and Information Shaukat Yousafzai added that over 50 people have been injured.
A local journalist has told Al Jazeera that the death toll is likely to rise as the military operation is still ongoing.
Police officials have confirmed that six gunmen have been killed. Local media reports that the attack has been claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
The university has over 3,000 enrolled students and was hosting an additional 600 visitors on Wednesday for a poetry recital on the death anniversary of the Pashtun activist Abdul Ghaffar 'Bacha' Khan, the vice chancellor said.
"Around 200 students have been safely evacuated from an examination hall in the university," the Provincial Public Health Engineering Minister Shah Farman said.
Local authorities have announced the closure of all education institutions across Charsadda until January 31.
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said security forces' initial operations were hampered by heavy fog.
"According to police sources, three attackers entered the university of about 3,000 students. Eyewitnesses are saying they've heard number of explosions and they can still hear the gunfire.
"Elite police units and the Army have entered the compound and are trying to evacuate the students. A military helicopter is aiding the operation.
"The university is situated next to an open field and that's where the attackers might have entered the premises from."
Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir told Reuters news agency that police had moved into the building and a gunfight with the attackers was under way.
"We launched an operation inside the university and are trying to rescue the students and staff of the institution," Wazir said.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer at the English department, said he was about to leave the hostel for the department when the shooting began.
"Most of the students and staff were in the classes when the firing began," Khan said.
On Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police checkpoint in the Jamrud area of northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20.
At least 144 people, most of them children, were killed when armed men attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014.
 

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