Wed, 29 Mar 2023

KABUL -- Two civilians were injured as a blast rocked Police District 2 of Afghan capital Kabul city on Saturday, Kabul's police spokesman Khalid Zadran said.

Eyewitnesses who declined to give their names said that a blast rocked Pashtunistan Watt, a neighborhood in Police District 2, at 6:20 p.m. local time, inflicting casualties. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani rupee continues a speedy crash against the U.S. dollar with another big fall as the greenback was traded at a record high price of 276.58 rupees in the interbank market on Friday, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

The U.S. dollar closed at 271.36 rupees on Thursday. On the last working day of the week, the local currency depreciated by 5.22 rupees, or about 1.89 percent, against the U.S. dollar, official figures showed. (Pakistani Rupee-USD)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday that he intends to dismiss Masayoshi Arai as secretary to him over discriminatory remarks against sexual minorities.

Kishida told reporters at his official residence that the comments made by Arai "cannot but force" the Cabinet to consider his future, calling the remarks totally unacceptable and incompatible with the policies of his administration. (Japan-PM-Secretary)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka celebrated 75 years of independence from British rule on Saturday by holding a military and cultural parade with the participation of a number of foreign special invitees.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in the events held at Galle Face in Colombo. (Sri Lanka-Independence)

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