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7mn Afghan kids affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Kabul, June 2 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has left more than 7 million children in Afghanistan prone to poverty, barring them from their basic rights in a country where half the population is under 15 years of age, a rights group said.
2020-06-02
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Ghani, Pompeo discuss peace efforts
Kabul, June 2 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via video conference and discussed the Afghan peace process, a government official said.
2020-06-02
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Khalilzad 'optimistic' about start of intra-Afghan talks
Kabul, June 2 (IANS) The US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said he was "optimistic" about the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban and the abul government.
2020-06-02
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan govt, Taliban continue prisoner swap talks
Kabul, May 30 (IANS) Representatives of the Afghan government and a five-member Taliban technical delegation continued discussions over the issue of prisoners' release in an effort to jump-start a peace process for the country, it was reported.
2020-05-30
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
7 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack
Kabul, May 28 (IANS) At least seven policemen were killed and three others injured in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan's Farah province, the first major incident after a three-day ceasefire ended, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
2020-05-28
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan govt releases another 900 Taliban inmates (Ld)
Kabul, May 26 (IANS) The Afghan government on Tuesday released another batch of 900 Taliban inmates in the latest move to further advance the intra-Afghan peace talks with the militant group, a spokesperson for the Office of the National Security Council confirmed.
2020-05-26
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghans want ceasefire to continue beyond Eid
Kabul, May 26 (IANS) The announcement of the three-day Eid ceasefire by the Taliban has raised hopes among Afghans who have said that it should continue in order to begin the intra-Afghan negotiations and move the peace process forward.
2020-05-26
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Netanyahu's corruption trial to begin on Sunday
Jerusalem, May 24 (IANS) A trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin on Sunday, making him the first sitting Prime Minister to go on trial in the countrys history.
2020-05-24
Category: International, Israel,Politics
Afghan govt criticized for absence of women in political roles
Kabul, May 23 (IANS) Recent meetings of prominent Afghan political leaders have been held without the presence of women, which has sparked reactions from activists who said women should be given a role in decision-making about the future of the country, the media reported.
2020-05-23
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Talks on Afghan migrants' drowning issue end without results
Kabul, May 23 (IANS) Talks between border commissioners of Afghanistan and Iran concerning last month's alleged drowning of Afghan migrants by the Iranian border police ended without results, Kabul's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
2020-05-23
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Chinese team to probe envoy's death in Israel
Tel Aviv, May 18 (IANS) China will send a special team to investigate the death of its Ambassador to Israel on Monday, Du Wei, whose body was found in his official residence here a day ago, sources told the Haaretz newspaper.
2020-05-18
Category: International, Israel,Politics
'Taliban killed 120 civilians since past 3 weeks'
Kabul, May 17 (IANS) Over 120 Afghan civilians were killed and 350 others injured in Taliban attacks over the past three weeks, said a spokesman for the Office of National Security Council (ONSC).
2020-05-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Ghani defends new aggressive military policy
Kabul, May 16 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has defended his aggressive military strategy against insurgents, adding that his administration will never oppose efforts for peace and reconciliation but the armed forces had the right to defend the nation against threats.
2020-05-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Explosion reported near Kabul hospital
Kabul, May 12 (IANS) An explosion was reported near a hospital in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.
2020-05-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan govt says 610 soldiers missing from Taliban custody
Kabul, May 12 (IANS) The Afghan government has alleged that at least 610 members of its security forces detained by the Taliban, who were supposed to be in the rebels' prisons, were missing.
2020-05-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
4 explosions rock Kabul
Kabul, May 11 (IANS) Four explosions rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, security officials said, adding that there were no immediate reports of any casualties.
2020-05-11
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Progress reported in Afghan political negotiations
Kabul, May 5 (IANS) The Afghan Presidential Palace has reported progress in ending the dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and his mainpolitical opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who has also announced a development in the process and vowed a soon-to-come political agreement.
2020-05-05
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
20 Afghan civilians injured in explosion outside mosque
Kabul, May 4 (IANS) Twenty civilians were injured in a hand grenade explosion outside a mosque in Afghanistan's Paktika province, police said on Monday.
2020-05-04
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan govt warns of COVID-19 spread at bakeries
Kabul, May 4 (IANS) Afghanistans Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) warned that gatherings around bakeries for government-funded bread distribution could increase the spread of the novel coronavirus among the public.
2020-05-04
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan civilians still suffer from ongoing war: Khalilzad
Kabul, May 2 (IANS) The US envoy for Afghanistans peace, Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday said that civilians still suffer from the ongoing war in Afghanistan despite the fall in casualties.
2020-05-02
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Abdullah reports progress in Afghan political negotiations
Kabul, May 2 (IANS) Former Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah has reported progress in the political negotiations with President Ashraf Ghani, saying said there have been agreements in principle and that work wa underway to finalize the details of the agreement between the two sides.
2020-05-02
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban speed up govt prisoner release
Kabul, May 1 (IANS) The Taliban has released another 52 government prisoners and announced they had sped up the process as part of efforts to "save their lives" from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
2020-05-01
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan Parliament put under lockdown
Kabul, April 30 (IANS) The two houses of the Afghan Parliament -- the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) and the Meshrano Jirga (upper house) -- have been put under a lockdown until the end of the nationwide restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-04-30
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Khalilzad welcomes NATO's call for Afghan peace
Kabul, April 25 (IANS) Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, on Saturday welcomed NATOs statement focused on "key next steps" for peace and stability in Afghanistan, including a humanitarian ceasefire amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
2020-04-25
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Israel to reopen businesses lockdown partially eases
Jerusalem, April 25 (IANS) Israel has approved the reopening of all street-level businesses to continue gradually lifting restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus and strengthen the country's economy after the worst phase of the pandemic.
2020-04-25
Category: International, Israel,Politics
US 'violates' peace deal, claims Taliban
Kabul, April 20 (IANS) The Taliban has shared a list of 50 attacks conducted by the US and Afghan forces following the US-Taliban peace deal inked in late February, accusing Washington of violating terms of the agreement, it was reported.
2020-04-20
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack
Kabul, April 20 (IANS) Eighteen Afghan soldiers were killed and three others injured in a Taliban attack in Takhar province, an official confirmed on Monday.
2020-04-20
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan President in self-isolation after staff test Covid+
Kabul, April 19 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has self-isolated himself after at least 20 people at the presidential palace tested positive for coronavirus, reports said on Sunday.
2020-04-19
Category: International, Israel,National,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
6 Afghan military base workers killed in attack
Kabul, April 17 (IANS) Six Afghan contractors who worked at the Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in the country, were killed after they were attacked on their way home, a local official confirmed.
2020-04-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Kabul lockdown extended for 3 more weeks
Kabul, April 17 (IANS) The Afghan government has extended the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in capital Kabul for three more weeks until May 9, vowing more restrictions on movement in the city, which has an estimated population of six million.
2020-04-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Khalilzad, US General meet Taliban in Qatar
Kabul, April 14 (IANS) American peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and General Austin S. Miller, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, met a Taliban delegation led by the deputy leader of the group Mullah Baradar in Qatar and discussed the agreement inked by the tw sides for peace in Afghanistan.
2020-04-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Khalilzad welcomes prisoner exchanges between Afghan govt, Taliban
Kabul, April 13 (IANS) US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has welcomed the prisoner exchange process by both the Afghan government and Taliban as per the agreement the militant group inked with Washington to bring peace in the war-torn country.
2020-04-13
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan govt to release 3rd group of Taliban prisoners
Kabul, April 12 (IANS) The Afghan government is preparing to release the third group of 100 Taliban prisoners, the National Security Council spokesman Jawed Faisal said, but without provide details on when it would taken place.
2020-04-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
20 Afghan Presidential Palace employees test COVID-19 positive
Kabul, April 11 (IANS) At least 20 employees of the Afghan Presidential Palace have tested positive for the novel coronavirus out of 517 samples examined, a media report said.
2020-04-11
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
US General meets Taliban in Doha
Kabul, April 11 (IANS) Gen. Austin S. Miller, Commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, met the Taliban leadership in Doha, said a spokesman.
2020-04-11
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban blames US for violating Afghan peace agreement
Kabul, April 6 (IANS) The Taliban has blamed the US for violating an agreement for peace in Afghanistan which was signed between the two sides on February 29 in Doha.
2020-04-06
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
More restrictions in Kabul as COVID-19 cases increase
Kabul, April 5 (IANS) Due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Kabul with one virus-related death, the Governor of the Afghan capital said authorities will impose more restrictions in the city to stop the spread of the disease.
2020-04-05
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Afghan govt team violates US-Taliban deal'
Kabul, March 29 (IANS) The Taliban has said that it had some reservations about the peace negotiating team formed by the Afghan government, saying it violated the deal the militant group signed with the US last month, a media report said.
2020-03-29
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Kabul residents flout lockdown rules
Kabul, March 29 (IANS) Many residents of Kabul paid little attention to the coronavirus lockdown imposed by the Afghan government due to the coronavirus pandemic and treated the day more like a holiday, a media report said.
2020-03-29
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan economy can't withstand US aid cut, COVID-19 impact
Kabul, March 27 (IANS) The Afghan economy cannot withstand the $1 billion aid cut by the US and the financial pressures originating coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.
2020-03-27
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Over 40 Afghan security personnel killed in 48 hrs
Kabul, March 22 (IANS) More than 40 members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were killed in Taliban attacks in the last 48 hours despite the long-awaited peace agreement that the militant group signed last month with the US to reduce violence in the War-torn country, it was reported.
2020-03-22
Category: International, Israel,National,Politics
US again urges release of Taliban prisoners
Kabul, March 19 (IANS) Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said the Washington would like the Afghan government to begin the process of releasing Taliban prisoners as soon as possible in line with the historic peace agreement.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Taliban prisoners will be freed if talks start, violence reduced'
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) Taliban prisoners will be released gradually but only if the intra-Afghan negotiations begin and there was a significant reduction in violence in the country, a presidential advisor said here.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Food prices spike in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 crisis
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) With the number of coronavirus cases increasing and also due to its border closures with Pakistan and Iran, the prices of food and other essentials in Afghanistan have doubled, causing hundreds of residents to stockpile on supplies.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
7 Afghan policemen killed in insider attack
Kabul, March 15 (IANS) A Taliban insider attack bclaimed the lives of seven policemen in the Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Sunday, authorities said.
2020-03-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban violence spikes in Afghanistan despite peace deal
Kabul, March 14 (IANS) The Taliban has conducted 95 attacks against Afghan forces in 10 provinces in the past 24 hours, despite the peace deal the militants signed with the US last month to reduce violence in the war-torn country, according to the Ministry of Defence.
2020-03-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Israeli-made COVID-19 vaccine may be announced soon
Jerusalem, March 12 (IANS) Amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), scientists in Israel are expected to announce vaccine for coronavirus in the coming days but a long process of pre-clinical and clinical testing and approval process will take months, according to a media report here.
2020-03-12
Category: International, Israel,National,Health/Medicine
3 killed in Kabul shooting
Kabul, March 8 (IANS) Three people were killed and another person was injured in a shooting attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, the police said.
2020-03-08
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Ghani, Abdullah to hold parallel swearing in ceremonies
Kabul, March 6 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will hold parallel swearing in ceremonies on March 9, their offices have confirmed.
2020-03-06
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan CEO Abdullah finalizes list for negotiating team
Kabul, March 3 (IANS) As the March 10 deadline for the intra-Afghan negotiations approaches, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's office has finalized their list of delegates for the talks with the Taliban, a media report said.
2020-03-03
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics