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5.9-magnitude quake hits northern Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A 5.9-magnitude quake struck northern Afghanistan late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, jolting the Indian capital and parts of Pakistan according to local reports.

Afghan IS captive 'buried head of fellow hostage'

Kabul - Nine months of torture at the hands of Islamic State fighters, in which he buried the decapitated head of a fellow detainee, are written on the gaunt face of Afghan student Mohammed Yousuf.

Taliban gunmen launch suicide attack near Kandahar

Kandahar - Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide and gun attack on a police headquarters near Kandahar Thursday, killing one soldier before the attackers were shot dead, authorities said.

Thousands attend funerals of beheaded Afghan Shiite Hazaras

Kabul - Thousands of people attended the burials of seven Shiite Hazaras in Afghanistan Friday, witnesses said, nearly a week after their decapitated bodies were found, with the gruesome discovery spurring massive protests, including in Kabul.

Massive protest in Kabul over decapitation of Shiite Hazaras

Kabul - Thousands of protesters marched coffins containing the decapitated bodies of seven Shiite Hazaras through the Afghan capital Kabul Wednesday to demand justice for the gruesome beheadings, which the United Nations says may be considered a war crime.

Teen hackers strike again, leak info from 2,000 govt. employees

Washington - The hackers who breached the CIA director's personal emails are at it again, having published additional data containing names, phone numbers, and email addresses of more than 2,000 law enforcement officers, military officers, and government employees.

Afghan activists hold protest after woman is stoned to death

Kabul - Dozens of Afghan activists staged a protest in Kabul Friday to call for justice for a young woman stoned to death by militants after being accused of adultery in central Ghor province.

Foreign aid workers shy away from Afghanistan as violence surges

Kabul - Afghanistan was once a magnet for foreign aid workers but surging violence has left NGOs struggling to recruit staff and restricted their ability to deliver crucial aid to the country's vulnerable.

Fears of Afghan woman who secretly filmed Taliban on bus

Kabul - Halfway through the journey home to Kabul, a Taliban militant stopped a bus, boarded, and began making a speech so extraordinary that a 23-year-old woman began to surreptitiously film it on her phone.

'I'm praying for you': MSF posts grim details from Afghan hospital strike

Kabul - Medical charity MSF Thursday released chilling details from a devastating US bombing of an Afghan hospital, saying staff and patients had been decapitated and lost their limbs with some gunned down from the air.

Afghanistan orders probe after young girl stoned to death

Kabul - Afghanistan's president Wednesday ordered a probe into the fatal stoning of a young woman in a Taliban-controlled area after she was accused of adultery, a savage punishment that sparked nationwide outrage.

Wedding revellers in Afghan village exult over Taliban rout

Tarin Kowt - Ankle bells chimed as male dancers shimmied beneath chandeliers in midnight wedding revelry that drew together an entire frontline Afghan village just days after its residents humiliatingly routed the Taliban.

Afghan woman stoned to death for 'adultery'

Kabul - A young Afghan woman was stoned to death after being accused of adultery, officials said Tuesday, a medieval punishment apparently recorded in a video that harks back to the dark days of Taliban rule.

12 Afghan schoolgirls killed in stampede after S. Asia quake

Kabul - At least a dozen schoolgirls were trampled to death in the remote northern Afghan province of Takhar, in the most horrifying tragedy to emerge so far from a quake that rocked parts of South Asia Monday, killing at least 180 people.

7.5-magnitude quake rocks S.Asia, 100 reported hurt in Pakistan

Kabul - A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region Monday and was felt throughout much of South Asia, injuring more than 100 people in neighbouring Pakistan according to a doctor.

Death toll rises to 30 from U.S. strike on Afghan hospital

Kabul - The death toll from a US air strike on an Afghan hospital has jumped to 30, Doctors Without Borders said Sunday, as an initial NATO probe conceded that the catastrophic raid caused civilian casualties.

Taliban upsurge draws Afghan city dwellers into battle

Tarin Kowt - Draped in a bandolier of shotgun cartridges, an Afghan cafe owner was forced to cobble together a militia of neighbourhood fruit vendors and vegetable hawkers when the Taliban threatened his city, demonstrating an alarming new push into urban areas.

US F-16 struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan in rare attack

Kabul - A US F-16 was struck by enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan, military officials have confirmed to AFP, in a rare instance of an advanced fighter jet coming under a Taliban-claimed attack.

U.S. troop extension hands Afghanistan a lifeline — for now

Kabul - The United States' decision to extend its military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2016 has thrown the war-ravaged country's government a much needed lifeline even as its dysfunctionality, blamed for the Taliban's revival, shows no signs of abating.

Women targeted in Taliban takeover of Afghan city

Kabul - Hiding in her basement, a Kunduz radio presenter was paralysed with fear when the Taliban came looking for her as they conducted house-to-house searches for working women after storming the northern Afghan city.
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