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    First Youth Voices Festival launched

    KABUL (PAN): In the lead-up to the International Youth Day on August 12, Afghanistan's first Youth Voices Festival has been launched in 16 provinces of the country.



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    Visitors disturb animals, birds at Kabul Zoo

    KABUL (PAN): Many visitors of Kabul Zoo dont abide by the rules written on the signs and try to disturb the animals and birds, the zoo officials complain.



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    Youth join Afghan army due to family disputes

    KABUL (PAN): Young men often join the Afghan National Army (ANA) to escape family disputes at home. This creates problems for their relatives and also adds to the insecurity in the country, people say.



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    1,940 cases of violence on women reported in tree years

    KABUL (PAN): Nearly 1,940 cases of violence against women were reported over the last three years in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Women's Affairs said on Thursday, linking 29 percent of the incidents to forced marriages, physical attacks and other abuses.



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    Scholars for ban on bank lottery schemes

    KABUL (PAN): Religious scholars in this central capital have asked the Afghan government to ban lottery programmes initiated by private banks as the scheme is un-Islamic.



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    Work on hospital project resumes

    GARDEZ (PAN): Construction work on a hospital, believed to be the largest one in the country's southeast, was resumed for the third time in Paktia province on Wednesday, officials said.



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    Work on hospital project resumes

    GARDEZ (PAN): Construction work on a hospital, believed to be the largest one in the country's southeast, was resumed for the third time in Paktia province on Wednesday, officials said.



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    USAID to provide $45m for Afghan women

    KABUL (PAN): The US is pledging $45 million for groups working with women in Afghanistan, the deputy US ambassador to the country said on Wednesday.



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    CSO census puts population at 26 million

    KABUL (PAN): A survey conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has put at 26 million the total Afghan population, but the survey could not be extended to troubled parts of the country, an official said on Wednesday.



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    New law would bring Muslim professionals to US

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Senator John Kerry, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has introduced legislation which when passed will create a professional exchange programme with Muslim-majority countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.