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FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

BOGOTA: FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country´s sports authorities on Saturday as a boost for its most popular game. "We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota. The three cities had been allowed to organise friendlies in the past year provided the security situation was "stable". Iraq will host Qatar and…

US soldier killed in Afghanistan lifts death toll to 12 this year

KABUL: A US soldier has died in Afghanistan, foreign forces said, taking the number of American fighters killed in action in the country this year to 12.  The unidentified soldier "died as a result of wounds sustained during operations" on Saturday afternoon in Logar province, south of Kabul, US Forces said. The incident comes days after another US soldier died following a helicopter crash in the same province that also wounded six US crew members. Read More: US military solution failed in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif…

Iran lifts ban on kinnow import from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir says Iranian Agricultural Ministry has lifted the ban to import kinnow from Pakistan. In a statement, he said this step would expedite the progress in trade relations between the two countries. Khurram Dastgir has urged the exporters of kinnow to avail this terrific opportunity. He said the agreements between the central banks of the two countries will be signed soon.

UAE lifts 8-year-old ban on import of poultry products from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted 8-year-old ban on import of poultry products from Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce announced on Tuesday. “The UAE has granted permission to import day old chicks and hatching eggs from the companies which are certified for export ministry and possessing health certificates, permission to import poultry meat and its products from the slaughterhouses that are certified for export by the UAE per procedures followed in this regard and health certificate,” said the statement…

Japan lifts nuclear sanctions on Iran

TOKYO: Japan on Friday lifted sanctions on Iran, falling in line with major world powers after the United Nations atomic energy agency confirmed last weekend that Tehran had fully taken steps to curb its disputed nuclear programme.