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'Bacha bazi': the Afghan practice of child sex slavery

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to criminalise the practice of "bacha bazi" -- the sexual exploitation of boys -- with a slew of stringent punishments laid out for the first time in a revised penal code.

Kabul to set penalties for subculture of boy sex slaves

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for "bacha bazi" -– sexual slavery and abuse of boys –- for the first time, officials say, in a landmark move against the deeply entrenched practice.

Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

Kabul - The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country's volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.

At least 18 Afghan civilians killed in U.S. air strike

At least 18 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in a U.S. air strike late Thursday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the United Nations reported.

Op-Ed: Joint US Afghan raid in Helmand province kills 22 civilians

Both Afghan officials and local residents claim that 22 civilians mostly women and children were killed in a joint U.S., Afghan operation carried out in the southern province of Helmand.

Mob lynches Afghan couple for eloping, in 'honour killing'

Kabul - An angry mob lynched a young Afghan couple who had eloped together after storming a police station where they were being held for "immoral acts", officials said Sunday, the latest so-called honour killing in the country.

Taliban suicide bomber kills six in Afghanistan's Helmand

Kandahar - At least six people were killed Saturday when a Taliban bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into Afghan soldiers who had queued outside a bank in southern Helmand province to collect their salaries, officials said.

Afghan death toll from heavy snowfall, avalanches hits 191

Kabul - The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas.

Hunt for two Red Cross workers after deadly Afghan ambush

Kabul - The Red Cross was desperately searching for two employees who went missing after their convoy came under insurgent fire in northern Afghanistan, leaving six other workers dead, the charity said Friday.

Six Red Cross staff killed, two missing in Afghanistan

Mazar-e Sharif - Suspected Islamic State gunmen killed six Afghan employees of the Red Cross delivering relief supplies in snowbound northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, underscoring the dangers faced by aid workers in the war-battered country.

Repatriation and displacement overwhelms war-torn Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Marooned in a tent billowing in the winter wind, Gul Pari's family is among thousands of war-displaced Afghans crammed into settlements alongside a flood of returning refugees, in a double-pronged humanitarian crisis engulfing the country.

Suicide bomber kills 20 at Afghanistan's top court

Kabul - A suicide bomber on foot ripped through a crowd of Afghan Supreme Court employees Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 41 others in the second attack on government institutions in under a month.

Afghans dig with 'any tools possible' for avalanche survivors

Kabul - Afghan villagers were digging with shovels and whatever else they could find in a desperate race Tuesday to save survivors days after avalanches buried whole villages in the mountainous north and east.

Children pay the price of Afghan conflict

Kabul - A bullet struck four-year-old Ezadullah in the stomach. Maysam, 12, was wounded in the leg. Both are collateral damage in a war that last year killed or wounded nearly 11,500 Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations.

Rescuers battle to reach Afghanistan avalanche victims

Kabul - Rescuers are battling to reach survivors of avalanches in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous north, as the official nationwide death toll neared 120 and fears grew for dozens still believed trapped under the snow.

Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016: UN

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the UN, the world body said Monday, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants -- one third of them children -- killed or wounded.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 100

Kabul - More than 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

Afghan avalanche toll rises to 20

Kabul - Avalanches and freezing weather have killed more than 20 people in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, as rescuers worked to save scores still trapped under the snow.

UN lifts sanctions on notorious Afghan warlord

Kabul - The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded "a global terrorist" and accused of war crimes.

Afghan police officer kills eight colleagues

Mazar-e Sharif - Eight police officers, all members of the same family, were killed in northern Afghanistan on Friday after a colleague working with the Taliban drugged and shot them at a checkpoint, police and government officials said.
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