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'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

Two Afghan human rights workers killed in Kabul blast

Two Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) staffers were killed on Saturday in a bomb blast in Kabul, police said

Worrying increase in family violence in Afghanistan in quarantine era

Afghanistan's attorney general's office says that it had registered more cases of family violence during the quarantine days imposed since late March to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Maidan Wardak faces imminent threat as Taliban expands presence

Residents in the Afghan province of Maidan Wardak on Friday expressed deep concerns over a dramatic surge in the level of violence in their areas, saying Taliban groups have significantly increased their presence in the area and are frequently engaging in deadly battles with the Afghan security forces

Afghanistan continues to be plagued by corruption: UN Envoy

Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, on Thursday briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan and described corruption as a major challenge for the country

Afghanistan: Over 19,000 known active COVID-19 cases

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 276 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 932 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported eight new deaths and 132 recoveries

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With the doom and gloom surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic slowly subsiding, the west bank of Barishal's Kirtankhola river in Bangladesh has started to see increased activity