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The Covid-19 death toll in Afghanistan is thought to be much higher than the official figure
30 Jun 2020 17:00

Coronavirus overwhelms Afghanistan’s war-ravaged hospitals

As coronavirus spreads in Afghanistan, the cracks in the country's healthcare system - already weakened by decades of war - are starting to show. BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan Correspondent Secunder Kermani reports on the country's worsening Covid-19 crisis.

Wives and mothers of Isis fighters who have surrendered to the Afghan government. Photograph: Elise Blanchard
26 Jun 2020 18:08

'There hasn't been rehabilitation': Afghanistan struggles with fate of 'Daesh wives'

The Afghan government is facing hard decisions over the futures of hundreds of detained radicalised women and their children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war
2 May 2020 14:14

This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war

Even when their city was repeatedly overrun by the Taliban and fighting reached their doorsteps, the doctors and nurses in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz kept working. They dressed wounds and saved lives at the main government hospital even as a nearby trauma center was bombed, killing more than ...

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19
30 Apr 2020 14:19

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19

Human Rights Watch released a new report detailing abuse in cities across the country.

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse
28 Apr 2020 13:14

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse

Afghan women and girls with disabilities face high barriers, discrimination, and sexual harassment in accessing government assistance, health care, and schools.

Afghanistan
19 Apr 2020 07:56

Afghanistan's education system launches platform for online classes

Afghanistan has launched an online education system to help students catch up with their lessons in the time of the novel coronavirus, but this has caused trouble as many school children have no access to the internet.

Gas cylinder blast leaves 9 dead in Kabul
13 Jan 2019 13:27

Gas cylinder blast leaves 9 dead in Kabul

An Afghan official says at least nine people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded in Kabul.

Salang pass blocked due to heavy snowfall
12 Jan 2019 10:02

Salang pass blocked due to heavy snowfall

Salang pass which connects northern parts of Afghanistan to the capital Kabul has been blocked due to heavy snowfalls, an official said on Saturday.

Badakhshan mine collapse kills 30
6 Jan 2019 15:38

Badakhshan mine collapse kills 30

At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in Badakhshan province Sunday, local officials said.

Winter in Badakhshan
23 Dec 2018 11:14

Winter in Badakhshan's Wakhan district

The Wakhan Corridor is the panhandle of Badakhshan Province in the far northeast of Afghanistan, a long (220 km) narrow (16-64 km) area wedged between Tajikistan to the north and Pakistan to the south.

​International Islamic University to be built in Nangarhar
14 Nov 2018 10:20

​International Islamic University to be built in Nangarhar

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the International Islamic University would be built in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan along with the Technology Park.

Eight killed in Kabul-Parwan highway accident
31 Oct 2018 12:21

Eight killed in Kabul-Parwan highway accident

At least eight civilians including two women were killed in a traffic accident on Wednesday morning in Parwan province when two Toyota Corolla vehicles collided, Parwan provincial traffic department said.

University entrance test (Kankor) results announced
1 Aug 2018 15:39

University entrance test (Kankor) results announced

The Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan on Wednesday announced the results of the university entrance test results, Kankor results. The Minister of Higher Education Dr. Najibullah Khwaja Omari announced the results of the test during a gathering in Kabul today.

Religious scholars: corruption needs to be dealt with under Sharia Law
30 Jul 2018 15:36

Religious scholars: corruption needs to be dealt with under Sharia Law

Religious scholars on Sunday called for punishing those involved in administrative corruption and immoral acts under the Sharia Law.

Afghanistan Conference
1 Dec 2011 14:25

Afghanistan Conference 'Doomed to Failure' \ Kristen Allen

Following deadly NATO attacks on Pakistani border posts, the country has refused to attend the upcoming international conference on the situation in Afghanistan. But as the most influential nation in helping stabilize their war-torn neighbor, Pakistan's presence is crucial, German commentators say on ...

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