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A couple and their baby were reunited after the mother and child were rescued. Credit: Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times
13 May 2020 13:51

From Maternity Ward to Cemetery, a Morning of Murder in Afghanistan

Afghans don’t need a reminder that no one is safe from the country’s endless war, but they got one anyway on Tuesday.

US troops in Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters/Files
12 May 2020 16:14

US Plans to Exit Afghanistan in Five Years. What Does This Mean for India?

New Delhi stands to lose not just political but also economic influence in Afghanistan.

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor
11 May 2020 16:30

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor

Ending Afghanistan’s endless war may lead to an endless peace process, given Afghanistan’s complicated history and politics.

Shafiqullah Shafaq was found guilty on activities in the Afghanistan and Bangladesh leagues. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP via Getty Images
11 May 2020 16:23

Afghanistan cricketer Shafiqullah Shafaq gets six-year ban for corruption

The Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been given a six-year ban after he accepted four charges of breaching their anti-corruption code.

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran
11 May 2020 14:31

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran

Afghanistan's Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Hussain Alami Balkhi on Monday called for signing labor agreement with Iran.

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident
11 May 2020 12:25

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident

Senior diplomats from Iran and Afghanistan agreed to establish a joint delegation to probe into a recent incident at the common border that has resulted in the deaths of Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally.

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi
10 May 2020 17:47

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi's contribution in Afghanistan

Speaking exclusively to our senior correspondent, Doha's Taliban political office spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen said, "Based on our national interest and mutual respect, we would like to have positive relations with neighbouring countries including India."

A local health clinic in Khamab district, Jozjan Province. Clinic personnel gather in front of the clinic. On their chests is written "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - Health Commission for Jozjan Province, Hospital emergency Team, Covid-19"
10 May 2020 13:48

Afghanistan fears coronavirus may be more deadly than violence after 18 years of civil war

Afghanistan is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 after decades of war smashed the country's health systems and now millions of migrant workers are returning from Iran to all provinces in the country.

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan
10 May 2020 09:55

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan

Country’s human rights commission says insurgents took away five trucks of food aid sent by Turkmenistan.

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly
9 May 2020 16:54

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly

Two policemen and a journalist were among six people killed as violence erupted at an aid distribution event in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and COVID-19; enabling peace in Afghanistan?
9 May 2020 15:57

Pakistan and COVID-19; enabling peace in Afghanistan?

Pakistan which has been a harbinger of peace in Afghanistan; even before 9/11 necessitated the coining of the term. Pakistan now finds itself at a crossroads – wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic with its role in Afghanistan far from over, even after the signing of the Doha Peace Deal.

A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters/ File photo)
9 May 2020 13:50

Chabahar port attains key role in supplying aid to Afghanistan amid Covid-19 crisis

India has made a commitment to supply 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, of which 5000 tonnes was shipped via Chabahar last month, while another 10,000 tonnes was despatched to the Iranian port on Thursday, the people said.

An U.S. soldier keeps watch at an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Logar province, Afghanistan File photo   | Photo Credit: REUTERS
9 May 2020 09:47

Phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan sharpens focus on CPEC

The impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is sharpening the focus on the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which appears to have been fused with a larger regional plan involving Afghanistan and Central Asia.

FILE: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Kyrgyzstan in June 2019.
3 May 2020 23:50

China Ramps Up Role In Afghanistan Ahead of U.S. Withdrawal

As the United States and its allies begin what looks like a final drawdown of their forces from Afghanistan, China appears to be expanding its role and influence in the country.

Iran: Accident for Afghans happened inside Afghanistan
3 May 2020 18:49

Iran: Accident for Afghans happened inside Afghanistan's soil

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said accident for Afghan nationals happened inside Afghanistan soil and Iranian border guard has rejected such an accident in Iran.

Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend
3 May 2020 16:49

Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend

War-ravaged country has this week begun free distribution of bread for thousands of needy families.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, signs an agreement with Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, at a signing agreement ceremony between members of Afghanistan
3 May 2020 13:47

US-Taliban Deal Provides Opportunity for Reconciliation in Afghanistan: Pakistan

The Foreign Office said that the agreement signed in February 2020 was a significant step forward, creating a historic opportunity for the move towards intra-Afghan negotiations.

A health worker checks the temperature of car passengers in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter the city in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
3 May 2020 11:49

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan's capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one of the world's most fragile states.

Taliban, U.S. Engage in Twitter Spat Amid Rise in Afghanistan Violence
2 May 2020 17:10

Taliban, U.S. Engage in Twitter Spat Amid Rise in Afghanistan Violence

Representatives of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents engaged in a rare public spat on Saturday, venting on social media about the stalling Afghan peace process.

A health worker checks the body temperature of men waiting for Friday prayers outside a mosque in Kabul. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images
2 May 2020 16:05

Civil war, poverty and now the virus: Afghanistan stands on the brink

Desperate medics reveal the challenge of fighting Covid-19 in a country already beset by huge problems as watchdog warns of impending health disaster.

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