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Afghanistan's presidential poll results delayed again

Kabul - Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election have been delayed for a second time, election officials announced Wednesday, a postponement likely to fuel more political uncertainty and fraud allegations.

Uncertainty over fate of Western hostages, Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Two Western hostages of the Taliban, who are expected to be freed in a prisoner swap for three militants, will be released only when the insurgents "reach their destination", a spokesman for the Islamist group said Wednesday.

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that three high-ranking Taliban prisoners would be released, in an apparent exchange for two Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

Top US military official says 500 troops to remain in Syria

Washington - US troop levels in northern Syria will probably stabilize around 500, a top American military leader said Sunday, weeks after President Donald Trump had announced a complete withdrawal.

IS 'defeated' in key Afghan province: official

Jalalabad - The Islamic State group's Afghan branch has been "defeated" in one of the key eastern provinces where it first sought to establish a stronghold, a top Afghan security official said Sunday.

Afghan chief executive wants halt to election recount

Kabul - Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called Sunday for a halt to a recount of the recent presidential election, saying he would not accept "fraud-marked" results.

IS claims deadly Tajik attack as doubts swirl

Almaty - The Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack against a Tajik border post this week, but Central Asia watchers cast doubt on the jihadists' claim as well as official Tajik statements on the incident.

Afghan chief executive slams president's 'wishlist' peace plan

Kabul - Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah dismissed Tuesday a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again questioned the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls.

Taliban should call ceasefire to prove control of forces: official

Kabul - The Taliban should call a one-month ceasefire to prove they still control their forces, Afghanistan's national security advisor said Tuesday, amid signs the US wants to rekindle talks with the insurgents.

US envoy in Kabul amid election uncertainty, stalled talks

Kabul - Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy who led talks with the Taliban until negotiations collapsed last month, was in Kabul on Sunday meeting with top Afghan officials including President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan election results delayed again

Kabul - Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential elections have been delayed for nearly a month, officials announced Sunday, a lengthy postponement likely to stoke political uncertainty and allegations of fraud.

NATO defends commitment to Afghan mission

Apo - NATO will keep reshaping its deployment in Afghanistan to ensure it is "sustainable," the transatlantic alliance's chief said Friday, as members reaffirmed their commitment to the long-running mission.

Beijing to host 'intra-Afghan' conference: Taliban

Kabul - China has invited a Taliban delegation to attend an "intra-Afghan" conference in Beijing, a militant spokesman said Wednesday, after a prospective deal between the United States and the insurgents collapsed last month.

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

Kabul - Afghans should not misconstrue America's sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul.

US Defense Secretary Esper in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday for an unannounced visit to meet with US troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in talks between the US and the Taliban presented an opportunity to push anew for a truce.

Villagers search for bodies after 70 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Jalalabad - Villagers searched for the bodies of their loved ones on Saturday in the rubble of a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that collapsed in a blast during Friday prayers, killing 70 people including dozens of children, officials said.

Iraqi charged in Australia over deadly trafficking ring

Sydney - An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in 2001, police said Saturday.

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast: officials

Jalalabad - At least 62 people were killed by a blast inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers, according to officials, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached "unacceptable" levels.

'Unprecedented' Afghan civilian casualties in July-September: UN

Kabul - An "unprecedented" number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September this year, the United Nations said in a new report released Thursday, calling the violence "totally unacceptable".

Three killed, dozens children wounded in Taliban truck blast

Jalalabad - At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan officials said.

85 civilians killed, 373 wounded during Afghan election campaign: UN

Kabul - Hundreds of people were killed or wounded in violence related to Afghanistan's recent presidential election season as the Taliban sought to undermine the democratic process, a UN agency said Tuesday.

Top candidate's running mate in Afghan poll alleges 'systematic fraud'

Kabul - Afghanistan's election commission is orchestrating "systematic fraud" following presidential polls last month, a top candidate's running mate alleged Saturday, an accusation likely to inflame political tensions following the key vote.

Hugs and smiles as Taliban meet Pakistan officials

Islamabad - A group of senior Taliban were warmly welcomed by Pakistani officials as they arrived in Islamabad Thursday, where the foreign minister called for a resumption of talks with the US on the war in Afghanistan.

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as US envoy visits

Islamabad - Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan Wednesday as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the Islamist...

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as US envoy visits

Islamabad - Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan Wednesday as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the insurgen...

With nearly all data in, Afghan turnout at record low

Kabul - Voter participation in last weekend's Afghan presidential election will be much less than a third, the country's Independent Election Commission said Tuesday, marking a record-low turnout.

Abdullah claims win over Ghani in Afghan vote well ahead of results

Kabul - Afghanistan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory Monday over incumbent Ashraf Ghani in the weekend's presidential election, far ahead of the release of any official results.

Attacks, fraud fears dampen turnout in Afghan election

Kabul - Turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election appeared likely Sunday to hit a record low because of the threat of attacks, a muted campaign and concerns over fraud.
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