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‫حل إدارة الاشتراكات عن بعد من Gemalto يساعد عملاء Lenovo على الاتصال الدائم

July 24, 2017 | Education, Other Language, Urdu

 أمستردام 21 يوليو 2017 – تقوم شركة Gemalto، الرائدة على مستوى العالم (والمسجلة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO)، بتوفير اتصالات مرنة لأجهزة Lenovo الذكية في 160 دولة. وقع اختيار شركة Lenovo على Gemalto باعتبارها موفر توفير بيانات بطاقات SIM عن بعد للاستفادة من خدمة Lenovo Connect الخاصة بهم. وبفضل حل On-Demand Connectivity  وحل […]

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Blast Kills At Least 14 People In Pakistan

July 24, 2017 | General, Sports

Pakistani officials say at least 14 people have been killed in a blast in the eastern city of Lahore.The explosion occurred July 24 on a busy road in Lahore, the capital of Punjab Province.Police cordoned off the area and ambulances rushed to the scene…

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 35 in Afghan Capital

July 24, 2017 | Entertainment

ISLAMABAD �A Taliban suicide car bombing has killed at least 35 people and injured dozens more in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

An Interior Ministry spokesman, Najib Danish, while confirming the casualties, explained that a bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a minibus packed with civilian government workers in a western part of the city.

The blast took place while the bus was passing through a crowded marketplace, inflicting casualties on shopkeepers and passers-by, eyewitnesses told reporters.

Hospital officials expected the death toll to rise.

A Kabul police spokesman told VOA the victims were mostly employees of the mining and petroleum industry.

The Taliban swiftly took credit for plotting the violence, claiming its bomber targeted two minibuses carrying personnel of the Afghan intelligence agency, or NDS, and 38 of them were killed.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing of civilians as appalling and cowardly.

Amnesty International has denounced the attack on civilians, saying it constituted a war crime and demanded the Afghan government ensure protection of its citizens.

A record number of civilians have been killed in the first half of this year, with women and children being the worst affected. And neither the Afghan government nor the international community is paying enough attention to their plight, the rights watchdog lamented while responding to Monday’s attack.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documented nearly 1,700 civilian deaths from January 1 to June 30, with Kabul accounting for 20 percent of the casualties.

Monday’s deadly blast came amid revelations by the Taliban that one of the three suicide bombers who attacked Afghan forces in the southern Helmand province this past week was the middle son of Hibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Islamist insurgency.

The 22-year-old bomber was identified as Abdul Rahman who had signed up for a suicide mission a year ago, say Taliban sources and independent Afghan researchers.

Source: Voice of America

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At Least 26 Killed in Lahore Blast

July 24, 2017 | Business

Officials in Pakistan say a suspected suicide bomb in the eastern city of Lahore has killed at least 26 people and wounded around 50 others.Monday’s attack occurred in a busy marketplace where local administration workers were working to remove illegal…

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China: India Must Pull Back its Troops Amid Border Standoff

July 24, 2017 | Education

BEIJING � China on Monday warned India not to push your luck by underestimating Beijing’s determination to safeguard what it considers sovereign Chinese territory, amid an ongoing standoff between the two neighbors over a contested region high in the Himalayas.

Defense ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian reiterated China’s demand that Indian troops pull back from the Doklam Plateau, an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan where Chinese teams had been building a road toward India’s border.

China’s determination and resolve to safeguard national security and sovereignty is unshakable, Wu said at a news conference to mark the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

Here is a wish to remind India, do not push your luck and cling to any fantasies, Wu said. The 90-year history of the PLA has proved but one thing: that our military means to secure our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity has strengthened and our determination has never wavered. It is easier to shake a mountain than to shake the PLA.

India has called for both sides to withdraw forces and a negotiated settlement to the standoff that began last month after Chinese troops began working to extend southward the road from Yadong in Tibet.

While the sides have exercised restraint thus far, heated rhetoric in both Beijing and New Delhi has raised concern over a renewal of hostilities that resulted in a brief but bloody frontier war between the sides in 1962. The nuclear-armed neighbors share a 3,500-kilometer (2,174-mile) border, much of it contested, and China acts as a key ally and arms supplier for India’s archrival, Pakistan.

The crisis is expected to be discussed when Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visits Beijing at the end of this week for a security forum under the BRICS group of large developing nations that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

STATE DEPARTMENT � President Trump said he intends to nominate John Bass as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. The longtime diplomat has been the American ambassador to Turkey since 2014.

In announcing the nomination, a White House statement said over the past decade the ambassador has supported “efforts to mobilize allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria and Southwest Asia.” Bass has served at six U.S. missions overseas since becoming a diplomat in 1988.

He joins Alice Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer (FSO), who was quietly named the acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, late last month.

The two officials arrive at a pivotal time as the Trump administration deliberates its military and diplomatic strategy in Afghanistan, after nearly 17 years of war.

The administration’s decision on whether to send more American troops to the country is not expected for “weeks,” a Pentagon official told VOA Thursday.

Ambassador Wells’ appointment came with little fanfare at a time when there is increasing attention on the expected closure of Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), which is part of the planned downsizing and restructuring of the State Department.

Critics said it prompted confusion about U.S. diplomacy in the region where nearly 10,000 American troops are deployed.

Wells assumed the duties on June 26, according to the State Department.

Ambassador Wells is ensuring that the department’s approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan is integrated within our broader approach to the region, a State Department spokesperson told VOA.

Source: Voice of America

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IMF: Global Economic Recovery On ‘Firmer Footing’

July 24, 2017 | Medical

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economic recovery is on “firmer footing” with improving growth in Europe and China even as it reduced predicted growth for the United States and Britain.The IMF’s World Economic Outlook released on …

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