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Doha Talks: Afghan government decides to discuss the "legitimacy of war"

What could become the next potential point of contention in the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, the Republic (Afghan government) team has decided to first discuss the “legitimacy of war” with the Taliban before any other discussion in the second phase of talks

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Taliban delegation in Kabul as prisoner release nears

In a major breakthrough, the Taliban will send a delegation to Afghanistan to facilitate the thorny prisoner swap as part of the peace deal with the United States

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IS terrorist involved in attack on Sikhs in Kabul was Kerala shopkeeper

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COVID-19 effect: Afghanistan to release 10,000 prisoners, excludes ISIS, Taliban

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Ghani releases list of 20 delegates for intra-Afghan talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has released a list of 20 representatives to negotiate with the Taliban, an important step towards the much-awaited intra-Afghan talks, a media report said

Afghan human rights commission calls for ceasefire

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday welcomed and supported an appeal from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for immediate ceasefire to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country

Afghanistan records 2nd death, 80 cases

MoPH has confirmed second virus-related fatality and over 80 coronavirus cases in Afghanistan so far

Partial US aid cut to Afghanistan not to affect key government sectors

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a video message to the nation said that US announcement of reduction in aid to Afghanistan would not directly affect the key government sectors and they were trying to fill the gap, adding that the government would study all the aspects of budget to fill the vacuum

Afghanistan's trade ports with Uzbekistan to stay open

Industry and Commerce Minister Ajmal Ahmadi has said commercial ports between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan would stay open

Afghanistan records second Covid-19 death, 80 cases

The Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan has confirmed second virus-related fatality and over 80 coronavirus cases in Afghanistan so far

ISIS claims responsibility for massacre of 27 Sikhs in Kabul

The Islamic State Khorasan (ISKP) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack on a gurudwara in central Kabul in which at least 27 members of the minority Sikh community were killed

US to cut $1bn in Afghan aid as feuding leaders reject push for power-sharing

The Trump administration is slashing $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan with threatening further reduction in all forms of cooperation after the two feuding Afghan leaders, (President Ashraf Ghani, and self-proclaimed President Abdullah Abdullah) rejected to form a new inclusive government

Abdullah regrets Pompeo’s failure in brokering Afghan election deal

Former presidential runner Abdullah Abdullah who lost the polls last year, has expressed regret that the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s visit to Kabul did not work as he expected

Abdullah regrets Pompeo’s failure in brokering Afghan election deal

Former presidential runner Abdullah Abdullah who lost the polls last year, has expressed regret that the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s visit to Kabul did not work as he expected

US reduces assistance to Afghanistan over political impasse

The US has decided to reduce assistance to Afghanistan by $1 billion this year due to the Afghan leadership's failure to form an inclusive government, the Stat Department announced

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