VOA News June 1, 2017 **Update** Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — A massive truck bomb exploded Wednesday morning in the diplomatic section of Afghanistan’s capital, killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 400. The bomb ripped through the central Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, home to foreign diplomatic missions and government offices, damaging dozens
Reuters: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner
Ayaz Gul VOA News May 25, 2017 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — A suicide car bombing and clashes with Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan have killed at least 25 security personnel. The violence comes as the United Nations urges parties to the Afghan conflict to cease hostilities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, beginning this week. Local television
Press TV July 5, 2016 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says providing the central government in Afghanistan with full support is one of the fundamental policies of the Islamic Republic. “We regard terrorist and extremist groups as a danger not only to the friendly and neighboring country of Afghanistan but to the entire region,” Rouhani said in
Xinhua: Of late, bazaars and shopping malls in all Afghan cities including the capital city of Kabul are all hustle bustle as faithful Muslim families are busy shopping to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitar, the second annual religious festival to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslims fasting month.
Press TV June 7, 2016 Chinese authorities have ordered students, civil servants and many other residents of the mainly-Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang to avoid fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. “Party members, cadres, civil servants, students and minors must not fast for Ramadan and must not take part in religious activities,” a notice posted
1TV: Taliban on Monday rejected a ceasefire appeal for the holy month of Ramadan saying they would instead step up attacks, according to Pakistani media report. The appeal was made earlier by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) that has called on parties to the conflict in the country to put down their arms during
VOA News Marissa Melton June 5, 2016 Muslims around the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin late Sunday or Monday, depending on the first sighting of the new moon. The faithful are expected to spend the month fasting during daylight hours, eschewing even water, and spending