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Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Kabul - Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, according to the insurgents, as the two sides pursue a potential deal to bring an end to Afghanistan's 17-year conflict.

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base

Ghazni - At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, sources said Tuesday, contradicting an official toll in the latest high-casualty assault on beleaguered Afghan forces.

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: sources

Ghazni - At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously.

Taliban announces meeting with US officials in Qatar

Kabul - The Taliban said it met with US officials in Qatar on Monday, in the latest round of talks between the insurgents and Washington aimed at bringing an end to the 17-year war.

Kabul chokes on dirty air as temperatures plunge

Kabul - Kabul residents have long run the gauntlet of suicide attacks and bombs. This winter, however, they face another deadly threat: air pollution.

'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Kabul - Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.

Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

Kabul - A car packed with explosives blew up near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 90, officials said, in the latest deadly attack to rock the Afghan capital.

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau's double

Kabul - An Afghan talent show contestant's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country -- and potentially given him the winning edge.

Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

Kabul - Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone.

Afghan migrants returning from Iran hit record high in 2018

Herat - The flow of Afghans forced to leave Iran turned into a flood in 2018, with a record nearly 800,000 coming back as renewed US sanctions sent the Iranian currency into freefall and fuelled inflation.

Taliban kill 21 Afghan security forces, threaten city: official

Kabul - Taliban fighters killed more than 20 Afghan security forces in simultaneous raids on a provincial capital and district in northern Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday, as the city braced for further violence.

Afghan football boss denies sex abuse claims

Kabul - Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women's national team, suggesting his accusers may have invented the claims to help their applications for asylum in Europe.

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Kabul - Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed until July 20, an official said Sunday, as US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban gather steam.

Afghan election organisers mull delaying presidential vote

Kabul - Afghanistan's election organisers are again considering postponing April's presidential ballot for two months, an official said Thursday, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of October's shambolic legislative vote.

At least 43 killed in Kabul govt compound attack

Kabul - An hours-long gun and bomb attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 43 people, officials said Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year.

At least 29 dead in militant attack on Kabul govt compound

Kabul - A suicide and gun attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 29 people on Monday, an official said, in the latest bloody violence to strike the Afghan capital.

Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Kabul - US President Donald Trump has decided to pull about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a US official said Friday, but the Afghan presidency brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security.

US envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace

Kabul - US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad raised doubts Thursday about the Taliban's desire to end the 17-year war, after the militants refused to meet with a Kabul-backed negotiating team.

Afghanistan sends team to join Taliban peace talks in UAE

Kabul - An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said Tuesday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict.

Op-Ed: Russian agent NRA links change intelligence ball game

Washington - The conviction of Russian agent Maria Butina on the basis of conspiracy is a benchmark for a very much evolved and potentially very nasty new stage in global intelligence. The infiltration of the NRA is no joke, in too many ways.
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