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Peace in Afghanistan strengthens regional connectivity: Khalilzad

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that a stable Afghanistan is crucial for regional peace, security and stability of the Central Asia

15,411 Active COVID-19 Cases in Afghanistan: Health Ministry

The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported 319 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 678 samples tested over the last 24 hours

UNSC pushes for talks between Afghan government, Taliban

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has pushed for an early start of the peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban

Taliban averagely carry out 44 attacks per day: NSC

Afghanistan's National Security Council (NSC) says that Taliban have increased attacks in different areas after the week-long reduction in violence, with the body’s spokesman Javid Faisal, saying that the number of attacks carried out by the insurgents is averagely 44

Despite reform claims, Taliban ‘severely’ restricts rights: HRW

The Taliban in Afghanistan have imposed severe restrictions on rights in areas under their control despite claims of reform, the Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday

'24 Afghan civilians killed, injured everyday'

Afghanistan's National Security Council (NSC) has accused the Taliban of killing or injuring 24 civilians per day in the country since earlier this year

Over 80pc of poppy cultivates in Taliban-controlled areas

More than 80 percent of poppy is cultivated in the areas controlled by Taliban militants, who gain plenty of incomes from drug product and trade, interior ministry says

Kabul assessing Taliban prisoner release as Khalilzad back on regional peace trip

The National Security Council says it investigates the release of Taliban prisoners while the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad began a new round of visits to the region

23 civilians killed in rocket attacks in Helmand

At least 23 civilians were killed after four rockets hit a festival being held at a market in Sangin district in Helmand province on Monday morning, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement

Poll shows 71pc Afghans favor ‘Republican system’

There is big disarray over the type of government in Afghanistan once the Afghan government peace forces and the Taliban negotiation members sit in one table during intra-Afghan talks

Ghani urges Taliban to end violence, start talks

As violence continues across the country, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday called on the Taliban to end the violence and instead come forward to start the intra-Afghan talks

Taliban hang two men for shaving beards in Faryab

Taliban fighters have executed two young men for shaving their beards in the insecure province of Faryab in northwest Afghanistan, officials in the province said

400 Taliban prisoners to be released Sunday

Sources in the Afghan government say that 400 Taliban prisoners are expected to be released Sunday in a fresh step of the prisoner exchange

US Senators urge emergency refugees protection for Afghan Sikhs, Hindus

Twenty US Senators have urged President Donald Trump's administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan facing persecution as religious minorities

US finalizing plan to pull 4,000 troops from Afghanistan: Report

The US is close to finalizing a decision to withdraw more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as per the Washington-Taliban deal, a media report said on Saturday

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Suicide cases increase in Nepal during lockdown

At least 1,647 people have committed suicide during the lockdown period in Nepal which was imposed first imposed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police said