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Intra-Afghan talks to be scheduled after prisoners swap

The venue and time of the start of intra-Afghan talks will be finalized after the completion of the prisoners swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the State Ministry on Peace Affairs said on Saturday

Two Afghan forces commanders killed in Taliban attack in Helmand

Two commanders in the Afghan security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on Friday night in Helmand province in the south of Afghanistan amid an unannounced truce between the two sides and while peace efforts by the Afghan government and its allies are underway

US reaches troops reduction target of 8,600 in Afghanistan

The United States has reduced its troops level to 8,600 in Afghanistan, fulfilling its first phased pullout obligation under the US-Taliban deal, a US general said

658 new coronavirus cases reported in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health on Thursday reported 658 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 1,301 samples tested over the last 24 hours

Taliban leader tightens grip before Intra-Afghan talks

The Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada’s decision to appoint Mullah Yaqoob, elder son of Mullah Omar, as head of the military commission, is aimed at further strengthening his hold on all affairs ahead of the key negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan political leaders, the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported on Wednesday, citing a senior Taliban member

NATO allies committed to Afghanistan’s security: Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Defense Ministers meeting on Wednesday reiterated the alliance’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan’s peace process and security

COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan approach 27,000

Afghanistan's  Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported 564 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 1,126 samples tested over the last 24 hours

17 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attacks

At least 17 soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked military camps in two Afghan northern provinces early Wednesday, sources said

Kabul, Moscow, Washington urge Taliban again for ceasefire

Representatives from Afghanistan, the United States and Russian Federation in a meeting, called on Taliban to include a durable cease fire in the peace negotiations with the government supposed to begin within a couple of weeks in Qatar

Kabul calls for immediate talks with Taliban

The government calls on the Taliban to immediately join peace negotiations, while the insurgent group insists on the release of the remaining 2,000 prisoners of them in government jails

Afghanistan remains a deadly place for children

The United Nations in its annual reports verified that around 3,410 grave violations against 3,245 Afghan children were committed by the militants, the Afghan and international security forces in 2019 in Afghanistan

Afghan media outlets write to Ghani over press restrictions

At least 20 Afghan media outlets in an open letter to President Ashraf Ghani raised their concerns on press restrictions and on the freedom of speech, as the government has suggested amendments to the mass media law that was enacted in 2006

Stoltenberg urges Taliban to “break all bonds” with al-Qaeda

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that situations in Afghanistan remained challenging and the Taliban group must live up to their commitments, and “break all bonds” with Al-Qaeda

17 militants killed in police counter-attacks in Faryab

At least 17 Taliban fighters were killed in the northwestern province of Faryab in police counter-attacks, provincial officials said

Taliban must uphold its end of peace deal: NATO

Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, have discussed issues related to the Afghan peace process and the future steps to move forward the talks

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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