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Afghan civilian casualties soar to record high, UN says

Kabul - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared to a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price for growing insecurity as the conflict escalates.

61 dead as IS jihadists claims twin blasts in Kabul

Kabul - Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 61 people and wounding 207 others in apparently their deadliest attack in the Afghan capital.

Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

Kabul - Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras demonstrated in Kabul Saturday, demanding that a key power transmission line pass through their electricity-starved province, in the second major protest over the issue this year.

Pregnant Afghan teen's death sparks call to end child marriage

Kabul - Right groups Wednesday called on the Afghan government to end the scourge of child marriages, after a 14-year-old pregnant girl was burned to death in the latest case of violence against women.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter lands in Afghanistan

Bagram - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, days after the United States and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the troubled country.

Afghanistan welcomes NATO's renewed security pledge

Kabul - Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Monday welcomed as an "achievement" the renewed funding commitment from NATO for his country's fledgling security forces amid increasing Taliban insurgency.

NATO countries to provide billions more in Afghan military aid

Kabul - Last month it was reported that the United States would try to raise $15 billion to fund Afghan security forces through 2020, but without new conditions to ensure the money is not siphoned off before funding the programs it was meant to finance.

New Taliban leader tells U.S. to end Afghan 'occupation'

Kabul - New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada called on the US Saturday to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief.

Tearful graveside reunions as Kabul mourns police cadets

Kabul - Mohinddin, who loved football and was passionate about joining the Afghan police force, was to return home after his graduation as a cadet to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with his family.

Taliban attack on Kabul police buses kills at least 27

Kabul - At least 27 policemen were killed Thursday and 40 wounded after a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck a convoy of buses transporting police cadets in Kabul, the interior ministry said.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

Kabul - Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks

Kabul - Afghanistan's president has ordered a "thorough investigation" into institutionalised sexual abuse of children by police, after AFP revealed the Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks.

Islamic State fighters launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and Islamic State fighters has killed dozens of people, officials said Sunday, raising fears the militant group is staging a comeback months after Kabul said they had been defeated.

Nepali guards among at least 25 killed in Afghanistan attacks

Kabul - A busload of Nepali security guards were among 25 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghanistan Monday, days after Washington expanded the US military's authority to strike the Taliban.

Explosion hits minibus in Kabul: police

Kabul - A suicide bomber hit a minibus carrying foreign security guards and caused several casualties early Monday in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

'Up to God to punish homosexuals': Orlando killer's father

Kabul - The father of the gunman behind the Florida massacre voiced sadness that his son took it upon himself to attack the gay community, saying it was "up to God to punish homosexuals".

Tributes for US, Afghan journalists killed by Taliban fire

Kabul - Accolades poured in Monday for veteran American reporter David Gilkey and an Afghan reporter killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle came under Taliban fire, highlighting the growing dangers faced by journalists covering the worsening conflic...
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