Fri, 22 Oct 2021

KABUL -- Special United Nations Envoy and Head of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan Deborah Lyons has met with Taliban officials, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed on Thursday.

Lyons met with Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq, acting intelligence chief of the Taliban government, in a discussion about the safety of United Nations personnel, the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) and importance of humanitarian assistance for Afghans, UNAMA wrote on twitter. (Afghanistan-Kabul-UN Envoy)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's jobless rate continued to drop over the past three months as the economic recovery continued, official data showed Thursday.

The unemployment rate in the global financial hub stood at 4.7 percent during the June-August period, down from 5 percent seen in between May and July, the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said in a report.

The underemployment rate also went down from 2.4 percent to 2.2 percent during the same period. (Hong Kong-Jobless Rate)

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NEW DELHI -- Several people were killed in rain-related incidents in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, local media reported Thursday.

The rains lashed several parts of the state including the capital city Lucknow, thereby triggering waterlogging and inundation.

The monsoon downpour led to the snapping of power lines and the closure of schools in the areas that witnessed uninterrupted rains during the past 24 hours. Meteorological department officials have issued a red alert in some areas. (India-Uttar Pradesh-Rain)

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DHAKA -- The positivity rate for new COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) fell to 5.98 percent on Thursday, the lowest level in more than six months.

The country reported 1,862 new COVID-19 cases and 51 new deaths on Thursday, taking the total tally to 1,538,203 and the death toll to 27,109.

On March 11, DGHS data showed the single-day infection rate was 5.82 percent. (Bangladesh-COVID-19 Cases-Infection Rate)

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