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COVID-19: 348 new positive cases reported

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health reported 348 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 868 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported seven new COVID-19 deaths and 1,833 recoveries

President Ghani under serious fire after comments on Afghan youth

President Ashraf Ghani has come under serious criticism following a controversial statement about Afghan youth, who he said were engaged in ‘corruption’

Khalilzad: Intra-Afghan talks should begin without delay

Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Representative of the United States to Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, has said that in a recent virtual meeting with President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, he emphasized removing obstacles from the path of the intra-Afghan negotiations to get them started soon

Decree signed promoting former VP Dostum to marshal rank

People close to former vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum on Friday confirmed that a presidential decree was signed on June 10 promoting Dostum to marshal rank

International conference to precede intra-Afghan talks

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday announced that an international conference including delegates from twenty countries, and international organizations, is expected to meet virtually next week to help build a foundation for a regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process and to strengthen the prospects of the start of the intra-Afghan talks

Taliban frees 732 government inmates

The Taliban group claimed that they have released 732 members of the Afghan security forces since the start of the prisoner swap process to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks

Taliban keeps 'close ties' with Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

Al-Qaeda's regional affiliate in Afghanistan maintains “close ties” to the Taliban and has an "enduring interest" in attacking US troops, the Pentagon said in a new report released on Wednesday

President Ghani, fired at during Logar visit, pledges increased security

Eight mortar rounds were fired in Logar on Wednesday as President Ashraf Ghani and a high-level delegation made a visit to his home province, during which time he gave a speech pledging to improve the security situation

Russia Engaged in Afghanistan is Nothing New: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, in remarks to the press on the reports of the Russian bounties for Taliban fighters who kill Americans, said: "The fact that the Russians are engaged in Afghanistan in a way that's adverse to the United States is nothing new."

It’s too early to discuss pulling out troops from Afghanistan: NATO

NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg said it is too early to talk about US and Coalition troops pull out from Afghanistan, but he said the decision would utterly reliant on the ground situation in Afghanistan

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

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Taj Mahal not to reopen, for now

The Agra district administration has decided not to reopen the world-famous Taj Mahal to visitors as yet