Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

KABUL: A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin in Qatar Tuesday.Months of deliberations between the two sides have yielded little so far, but both parties made something of a breakthr


Afghan radio journalist shot dead in car ambush

An Afghan journalist was shot dead in a car ambush in the central province of Ghor, the fifth media professional to be killed in the country in two months, officials said on Saturday. Bismellah Adel Aimaq, 28, the editor-in-chief of Sada-e-Ghor – Voice of Ghor – radio station, was kil


Series of explosions target police in Kabul; at least 4 dead

KABUL: A series of explosions hit the Afghan capital on Saturday morning, killing at least four people including two police officers, officials said.The deaths were caused by a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle detonated in western Kabul, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said. The explosio


Afghanistan bars local government spokesmen from speaking to media

KABUL: The Afghan government confirmed on Saturday that it had barred provincial government spokesmen from sharing information with the media, raising concerns among lawmakers and journalists that the move will be a major setback for press freedom in the country. The decision comes two months aft


Afghan women's rights activist shot dead in Kapisa province

Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a women's rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan's capital on Thursday in the latest of a wave of assassinations targeting prominent Afghans. Freshta Kohistani, 29, was the second activist to be killed in two days after a prominent pro-democracy advocat


Afghanistan: tireless advocate for democracy shot dead in Kabul

A prominent advocate of democracy in Afghanistan who led an election-monitoring organisation was shot dead on Wednesday in a Kabul neighbourhood, drawing widespread condemnation locally and internationally. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz confirmed the death of Yousuf Rasheed, execut


Taliban rejects President Ghani’s offer to shift talks venue from Doha to Kabul

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban has called on US President-elect Joe Biden to abide by the landmark accord which the outgoing administration signed with the group to secure the total departure of all foreign troops by next spring.  Two officials from the movement said it turned down an offer from


Kabul roadside bomb attack kills five

KABUL, Afghanistan: A roadside bomb tore through a vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul Tuesday, killing at least five people, four of them doctors, police said.The doctors worked at the Puli Charkhi prison, Kabul’s main penitentiary, and were killed as they were on the way to their office


Dissolution of the Ministry of Human Rights in Afghanistan

The Afghan authorities relieved Sima Samer, Minister of State for Human Rights, from her post and dissolved the ministry itself, according to the Afghan "Bajawak News" agency, yesterday, Sunday, December 20, 2020 AD. A government source confirmed that the decision to dissolve the ministry came as


Car bomb kills 8, injures 15 in Afghan capital

A car bomb killed eight people and wounded more than 15 others in Kabul on Sunday, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. Officials said, "The terrorists have carried out a terrorist attack in Kabul city. Unfortunately, eight of our countrymen were killed and more than 15 others were wound


Five rockets fired at US air base in Afghanistan

KABUL: A major US air base north of Kabul was targeted in a rocket attack on Saturday but there were no casualties or damage to the airfield, NATO and Afghan officials said.Five rockets were fired at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province at 6:00 am, said Waheeda Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincia


Explosion at religious gathering in central Afghanistan kills at least 15 civilians: Afghan official

KABUL: An explosion at a religious gathering in central Afghanistan killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 20 others on Friday, the country’s interior ministry said, adding that children may be among the victims.Those killed and wounded were attending a Qur'an recitation ceremony.Initial i


Fear and bloodshed in Afghanistan amid US drawdown: UN envoy

The UN’s envoy to Afghanistan warned of worsening violence and an increasingly anxious population on Thursday following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from the country. Deborah Lyons, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), described evermore


Kabul’s deputy governor killed in a blast in Afghanistan

KABUL: A bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital city killed the deputy governor of Kabul on Tuesday, security officials said, adding a sticky bomb was attached to his car by unknown assailants.Mahboobullah Mohebi, the deputy governor was traveling with his security guards when the bl


Afghanistan peace negotiations delayed until January 5, says US

Afghanistan's warring sides have decided to pause peace negotiations until January 5, the US representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday. The Afghan government and the Taliban have been engaged in direct talks since September in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban have their po


Afghan forces repel Taliban attack on Kandahar

Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in fierce overnight fighting between Afghan forces and militants who attacked several checkpoints in the insurgent bastion of Kandahar, officials said Sunday. Taliban militants attacked checkpoints in five districts surrounding the city of Kandahar, whi


Rocket attacks in Kabul kills one

KABUL: At least one person was killed and two were injured on Saturday in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul as ten rockets hit various parts on the city, officials said.A Taliban spokesman said that his group was not behind the attack as they continued talks with the Afghan government’s repr


Afghan MPs attack plan to move classes to mosques

Afghan Education Minister Rangina Hamidi has come under attack in the country’s parliament over a controversial plan to move primary school classes to mosques. Hamidi announced the proposal on Sunday, saying that teaching children from classes one to three in mosques will &ld




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