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Afghan peace negotiations in limbo

Delegations from the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents are still trying to reach an agreement over the agenda for a main negotiation began two weeks back in Qatar, where the insurgents have a political bureau

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Afghan police arrest 16 criminals in southern Helmand province

Afghanistan police have arrested 16 people on charge of involvement in criminal activities in the southern Helmand province over the past 24 hours, the state-run news agency reported on Wednesday

Afghanistan reports 40 new Covid cases, tally at 38,855

As many as 40 new COVID-19 cases have been registered in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of patients infected with the virus to 38,855, said a statement released by the country's Public Health Ministry on Wednesday

Afghan police arrest two drug traffickers in northern province

Afghanistan police in the northern Takhar province have arrested two drug traffickers and confiscated illicit drug from their possessions, police spokesman for the province Abdul Khalil Asir said on Wednesday

Procedure for Doha talks still being established

Five days have passed since the opening ceremony of the intra-Afghan talks between the delegation representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in Doha

Unabated violence overshadows intra-Afghan peace talks

The much-awaited intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Qatar, were sandwiched between bouts of violence. Days before the talks were to begin, Afghanistan's first Vice-President Amrullah Saleh was targeted with a bomb blast in Kabul, which killed ten civilians. During the talks itself, attacks and fights erupted across 18 out of the country's 34 provinces

Afghan police arrest two drug traffickers in northern province

Afghanistan police in the northern Takhar province have arrested two drug traffickers and confiscated illicit drug from their possessions, police spokesman for the province Abdul Khalil Asir said on Wednesday

350 'ghost police' identified in Zabul: Official

Zabul police chief Hekmatullah Kochai on Wednesday said that at least 350 "ghost police" have been identified in the province, referring to police who are listed as being employed and who are paid but not serving in person

Afghan, Taliban negotiating teams hold meeting in Doha

The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting on Tuesday evening but could not agree on the framework and the schedule of the negotiations, according to statements by the two teams

Afghanistan wins seat at UN's Commission on Women

For the first time, Afghanistan has won a seat at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) for a four-year term

Afghan intelligence officer killed in explosion

An Afghan intelligence officer was killed and three others injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Nangarhar province on Tuesday, a top official said

Successful intra-Afghan talks will transform economy: Afghan private sector

Representatives of the private sector on Monday voiced their strong support to the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations, saying a successful peace process will transform the country’s economy and trade ties with the region and the world

No agreement on terms, agenda delays Doha talks

The first official meeting of both sides in the intra-Afghan talks, which was scheduled for Monday morning, has been postponed because key issues have still not been decided, according to members of Kabul's "contact group" who met with their Taliban counterparts to establish a framework for the way forward

Afghan security heads deny reports of government-backed militias

Gen. Massoud Andarabi, the acting minister of the interior, and Ahmad Zia Saraj the acting head of the national directorate of security (NDS)

Afghan children not getting education during pandemic: Report

A new report revealed on Monday that eight in 10 Afghan children said "they've learned little or nothing" during the nationwide lockdown enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Abdullah returns from Qatar after intra-Afghan talks

Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has returned to Kabul following the much-awaited talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha