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News media flourished in Afghanistan after the 2001 fall of armed group the Taliban, which had banned television [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
25 Jun 2020 17:49

Afghan media reject new rules they say could hurt press freedom

Proposed amendment to law would require journalists to reveal sources to government bodies including security agencies.

Credit: Tech. Sgt. Oneika Banks
24 Jun 2020 18:01

Keeping a Bad Deal at All Costs: US Moral Failure in Afghanistan

U.S. policy toward Afghanistan has been short-sighted and ill-conceived for decades.

Community healthcare worker Gulnaz Janara says few women in her Kabul neighbourhood are willing to go to hospitals. (Stefanie Glinski/TNH)
24 Jun 2020 17:58

Afghanistan’s missing coronavirus patients: Women

High coronavirus infection rates among health workers – and lopsidedly low numbers among women – are raising fears that Afghan women are missing out on healthcare while their exposure to the virus goes undetected.

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC
24 Jun 2020 17:41

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

On 11 June 2020, the US announced a series of economic and travel sanctions against any officials of the ICC involved in an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes related to the Afghan conflict.

Newborn children who lost their mothers during the yesterday
14 May 2020 13:37

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning ‘hope’ in Dari.

A couple and their baby were reunited after the mother and child were rescued. Credit: Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times
13 May 2020 13:51

From Maternity Ward to Cemetery, a Morning of Murder in Afghanistan

Afghans don’t need a reminder that no one is safe from the country’s endless war, but they got one anyway on Tuesday.

US troops in Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters/Files
12 May 2020 16:14

US Plans to Exit Afghanistan in Five Years. What Does This Mean for India?

New Delhi stands to lose not just political but also economic influence in Afghanistan.

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor
11 May 2020 16:30

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor

Ending Afghanistan’s endless war may lead to an endless peace process, given Afghanistan’s complicated history and politics.

Shafiqullah Shafaq was found guilty on activities in the Afghanistan and Bangladesh leagues. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP via Getty Images
11 May 2020 16:23

Afghanistan cricketer Shafiqullah Shafaq gets six-year ban for corruption

The Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been given a six-year ban after he accepted four charges of breaching their anti-corruption code.

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran
11 May 2020 14:31

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran

Afghanistan's Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Hussain Alami Balkhi on Monday called for signing labor agreement with Iran.

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident
11 May 2020 12:25

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident

Senior diplomats from Iran and Afghanistan agreed to establish a joint delegation to probe into a recent incident at the common border that has resulted in the deaths of Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally.

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi
10 May 2020 17:47

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi's contribution in Afghanistan

Speaking exclusively to our senior correspondent, Doha's Taliban political office spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen said, "Based on our national interest and mutual respect, we would like to have positive relations with neighbouring countries including India."

A local health clinic in Khamab district, Jozjan Province. Clinic personnel gather in front of the clinic. On their chests is written "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - Health Commission for Jozjan Province, Hospital emergency Team, Covid-19"
10 May 2020 13:48

Afghanistan fears coronavirus may be more deadly than violence after 18 years of civil war

Afghanistan is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 after decades of war smashed the country's health systems and now millions of migrant workers are returning from Iran to all provinces in the country.

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan
10 May 2020 09:55

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan

Country’s human rights commission says insurgents took away five trucks of food aid sent by Turkmenistan.

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly
9 May 2020 16:54

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly

Two policemen and a journalist were among six people killed as violence erupted at an aid distribution event in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and COVID-19; enabling peace in Afghanistan?
9 May 2020 15:57

Pakistan and COVID-19; enabling peace in Afghanistan?

Pakistan which has been a harbinger of peace in Afghanistan; even before 9/11 necessitated the coining of the term. Pakistan now finds itself at a crossroads – wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic with its role in Afghanistan far from over, even after the signing of the Doha Peace Deal.

A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters/ File photo)
9 May 2020 13:50

Chabahar port attains key role in supplying aid to Afghanistan amid Covid-19 crisis

India has made a commitment to supply 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, of which 5000 tonnes was shipped via Chabahar last month, while another 10,000 tonnes was despatched to the Iranian port on Thursday, the people said.

An U.S. soldier keeps watch at an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Logar province, Afghanistan File photo   | Photo Credit: REUTERS
9 May 2020 09:47

Phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan sharpens focus on CPEC

The impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is sharpening the focus on the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which appears to have been fused with a larger regional plan involving Afghanistan and Central Asia.

FILE: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Kyrgyzstan in June 2019.
3 May 2020 23:50

China Ramps Up Role In Afghanistan Ahead of U.S. Withdrawal

As the United States and its allies begin what looks like a final drawdown of their forces from Afghanistan, China appears to be expanding its role and influence in the country.

Iran: Accident for Afghans happened inside Afghanistan
3 May 2020 18:49

Iran: Accident for Afghans happened inside Afghanistan's soil

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said accident for Afghan nationals happened inside Afghanistan soil and Iranian border guard has rejected such an accident in Iran.

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