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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

Washington - The US general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan has warned that he needs thousands more troops and accused Russia of seeking to prop up the Taliban rebels.

Germany readies to speed up failed asylum seeker deportations

Berlin - Germany, which has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, on Thursday readied plans to speed up expulsions of those denied refugee status -- but controversy flared over sending people back to war-torn Afghanistan.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.