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UN asks for $393 million to aid Afghanistan

By: Source: The United Nations has launched an appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to reach millions of vulnerable people this year, the Associated Press reports. The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, and the country’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, launched the appeal on Wednesday, Jan 27, in a live national television broadcast. The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan targets millions of people in need of food and other essentials, including shelter, health care, nutrition, safe water and other necessities, Abdullah says. Abdullah says he is hopeful that donor countries will match...

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Malaysia: Prime Minister Razak cleared of corruption charges

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Malaysia’s attorney general has cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of allegations of corruption over a transfer of $681 million into his personal bank account. Mohamed Apandi Ali told reporters Tuesday the money was given to Najib in early 2013 by the Saudi royal family as a personal donation. Apandi said the prime minister returned $620 million to the royal family because it had not been spent. “I am satisfied with the findings that the funds were not a form of gratification given corruptly,” the attorney general said, but did not give a reason why the Saudi royal family made the donation, or what happened to the remaining $61 million. Najib...

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Pakistan mourns after university attack

WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE IN VIDEO: By: Ayaz Gul and Ayesha Tanzeem Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD – Pakistan observed a day of mourning Thursday following a gun and bomb attack on a university that killed 21 people and wounded dozens more. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared the mourning period to show solidarity with those who died when a group of four terrorists stormed the Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsadda on Wednesday. The death toll rose to 21 overnight with the death of a student, one of 19 who were killed along with two university staff. Military spokesman Asim Bajwa told reporters that troops, including army commandos gunned down the four attackers and conducted a...

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