SHIBERGHAN -- In militancy-plagued Afghanistan, it is not easy for women to run their own businesses, but Malalai Mobariz is among a handful of women who confronted the challenges and opened a coffee shop in the country's northern Shiberghan city.
"My prime objective of running the coffee shop is to display the ability of women from one hand, and from the other hand to provide job opportunities for women," Mobariz, 25, told Xinhua recently.
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WASHINGTON -- China's success in poverty alleviation cannot be achieved without the "remarkable commitment" made by a "strong, command-down" government led by the Communist Party of China (CPC), a leading U.S. expert on China has said.
"China's poverty alleviation story is one of the great stories of the world. I believe future historians will look back to (it) as a defining feature of our age. Certainly, it is China's great achievement," Robert Lawrence Kuhn, chairman of the Kuhn Foundation, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's security forces in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killed a high-profile terrorist during an operation, an army statement said on Friday.
"Terrorist (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) commander Nooristan alias Hasan Baba killed. The most sought and wanted killed terrorist was IED (improvised explosive device) expert and master trainer," the statement said, adding that the targeted terrorist was involved in killing more than 50 security forces personnel since 2007.
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MALE -- The Maldives has received a set of cold chain and laboratory supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to strengthen its response against the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported here Friday.
WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh handed over the supplies to Minister of Health of the Maldives Ahmed Naseem during a virtual ceremony on Thursday.
"With WHO's contributions, the Maldives has made significant progress in its healthcare and development indicators over the past decades," Naseem said.
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KATHMANDU -- The Chinese Embassy in Nepal has handed out stationery and sporting items along with masks and sanitizers as gifts to Nepali students in the schools located in the reconstructed building of Durbar High School.
Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi together handed out the items to hundreds of students in different schools housed in the Durbar High School building.
"Chinese people exchange greetings with families and friends in Spring Festival. I have brought some New Year's gifts to all of you, including books, stationery and sporting goods," Hou said.