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Pakistan joins US-led call for Afghan ceasefire, talks

Washington - Pakistan, which supported Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, on Friday joined the United States, Russia and China in a call on the insurgents to agree to a ceasefire and negotiations with Kabul.

Afghan women note Taliban shift after Doha talks

Washington - An Afghan campaigner who took part in breakthrough talks with the Taliban said Thursday that she saw subtle improvements in the attitude towards women of the insurgents, who severely curtailed their rights while in power.

Taliban assurance of 'women's rights' has big caveat

Kabul - An agreement by the Taliban to respect women's rights may seem like a breakthrough, but activists have questioned how the hardline Islamists -- notorious for stomping on freedoms -- will interpret the careful wording.

Afghan rivals conclude talks on 'roadmap for peace'

Doha - Dozens of influential Afghans concluded two days of talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, laying the foundations for renewed negotiations between the United States and the militants.

Afghan rivals resume talks for peace

Doha - Dozens of powerful Afghans resumed talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, where a possible ceasefire is on the table along with key issues such as women's rights.

At least 12 dead in Taliban blast in Afghan city: officials

Ghazni - A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar.

At least 14 killed as mortars hit Afghan market: officials

Kabul - At least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a busy market in northern Afghanistan was hit by mortar fire, officials said Saturday.

'Rushing for the exits': Rival Afghans meet in Doha

Doha - Rival Afghans will meet Sunday in Doha for a fresh round of talks mediated by Qatar and Germany, as the US eyes peace with the Taliban within three months.

US races for Taliban deal but Afghan peace further away

Washington - After nearly two decades in Afghanistan, the United States is racing to reach an agreement with the Taliban within two months but a broader peace deal for the war-ravaged country looks far more elusive.

Op-Ed: Trump claims he would leave intelligence officers in Afghanistan

Trump said Monday that he would like to have a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan but wants to leave a "strong intelligence" there a number of intelligence officers. He called Afghanistan the "Harvard of terrorists".

Lawyer for Afghan football ex-chief hits out at charges

Kabul - A lawyer for the disgraced former head of the Afghan Football Federation hit back Wednesday against sexual abuse allegations targeting his client, saying they were based on "ghost stories" fuelled by the #MeToo movement.

Kabul students pick through debris after deadly blast

Kabul - Kabul students picked through the debris of shattered schools on Tuesday looking for books, backpacks and other possessions, a day after a massive bomb ripped through the Afghan capital.

Kabul students pick through debris after deadly blast

Kabul - Kabul students picked through the debris of shattered schools on Tuesday looking for books, backpacks and other posessions, a day after a massive bomb ripped through the Afghan capital.

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Washington - Rival Afghans will meet starting Sunday in Qatar, officials said, in a fresh attempt to make political headway as the United States seeks a peace deal with the Taliban within three months.

Taliban, Afghan rivals to meet Sunday in Qatar: US, Germany

Washington - Rival Afghans including the Taliban will meet starting Sunday in Qatar in a fresh attempt to seek a political solution and end nearly two decades of US military involvement, American and German officials announced.

Six dead, 50 children wounded in Taliban car bomb attack on Kabul

Kabul - At least six people were killed and dozens, including 50 children, wounded Monday when the Taliban detonated a powerful car bomb in Kabul, officials said -- the latest deadly attack in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a child.

Pompeo confirms US is ready to withdraw troops from Afhganistan

Kabul - In a surprise visit to Kabul, the Afghan capital, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US is willing to remove troops from Afghanistan after more than 18 years of presence in the country.

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Kabul - Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, NATO said, the latest international casualties as the US and the Taliban prepare for a new round of talks.

Pompeo hopes for Afghan peace deal 'before September 1'

Kabul - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he hopes for a peace deal with the Taliban "before September 1", speaking as he made his first visit to Kabul since Washington launched talks with the insurgents last year.

Australian media sue police after raids over leaked documents

Sydney - Australia's national broadcaster went to court Monday to challenge a police raid on its offices and demand the return of files seized during the controversial operation.

US, Taliban to hold more talks on ending war

Washington - The United States and the Taliban will open fresh negotiations next week, the US negotiator said Saturday, as he voiced hope for progress in ending America's longest war.

Germany, Qatar working on 'inter-Afghan' talks: UN

New York - Germany and Qatar are working to organize an "inter-Afghan dialogue," a United Nations official said on Wednesday, in an effort to start formal talks between the Kabul government and Taliban.

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

Kandahar - Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family -- like many in rural Afghanistan -- believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

US Afghan airstrike wipes out unit of Afghan security forces

For a second time in less than a month US airstrikes carried out in "self defense" turned out to be actually attacking Afghan security forces. The strike yesterday ended up wiping out an entire unit but the exact number of deaths have yet to be disclosed,

Roadside blast kills six civilians in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least six people were killed Tuesday after a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.It is the latest violence to hit the war-weary country where ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of decades of conflict.

Taliban detain Afghan peace marchers, supporters say

Kandahar - Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement told AFP on Tuesday.

Rural Afghans bear brutal cost of endless war

Jalalabad - As 10 children from the same family were walking to school last year, they came across an unexploded mortar bomb -- a common sight in Afghanistan, where war still rages between the Taliban and US-backed national forces.

At least four killed as government bus hit in Kabul blast

Kabul - At least four people were killed Monday when a bomb tore through a bus in Kabul, an official said, marking the second day straight that attackers have targeted a bus.

Three blasts hit Kabul, killing one and injuring 17

Kabul - One person was killed and 17 others wounded Sunday in three successive blasts in Kabul, Afghan officials said, capping a murderous week of mayhem across the city.

Taliban leader says no ceasefire as US envoy heads to region

Kabul - The Taliban's leader said Saturday the insurgents will not call a ceasefire any time soon, even as a US envoy was heading to the region for a fresh round of peace talks.
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A British soldier in Afghanistan communicating
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A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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A member of the Afghan Local Police force
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A pedestrian bridge in Baghlan province.
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A general view of the Bagram prison at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan
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U.S. Soldiers conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to check on conditions in a village in the Wardak province of Afghanistan
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The start of the parade.
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File photo: The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan
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Sgt. Dennis Weichel
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
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Prince Harry standing next to Apache Helicopter at Camp Bastion
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DEA FAST team member standing watch over opium seized during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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Around 100 Afghan security forces have died in the battle for Ghazni
Around 100 Afghan security forces have died in the battle for Ghazni
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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