ISLAMABAD, Jan 21: A Russian private jet carrying six people is believed to have crashed in a remote area of rural Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday.

KABUL, May 26: A total of four coal mine workers have died of suffocation from an explosion in Afghanistan's Baghlan province coal mines, officials said on Thursday, Khaama Press reported.On May 23, two separate gas explosions in the Tale Barfak and Jalgah districts of Afghanistan's Baghlan province resulted in the deaths of four coal mine workers.

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, April 11: Two children were killed as a mine left over from past wars went off in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, the state-run Bakhtar News Agency reported on Tuesday.

JURM, Afghanistan, March 23: At least 13 people were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by a strong earthquake felt across thousands of kilometres, but the region appeared Wednesday to have dodged the mass casualties usually associated with a tremor of such scale.

ISLAMABAD, March 22: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled much of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday, sending panicked residents fleeing from homes and offices and frightening people in remote villages. At least nine people died in Pakistan and two in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.

QUETTA, Pakistan, Dec 12: Cross-border shelling and gunfire between Afghanistan and Pakistan killed six Pakistani civilians and one Afghan soldier on Sunday, officials on both sides of the frontier said, with each side accusing the other of starting the fighting.

KABUL, August 16: The Taliban and their supporters waved the group's black and white flag on the streets of Afghanistan on Monday to celebrate a year since they marched into the capital and took power after a stunning series of battlefield victories.

WASHINGTON, Aug 2: The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, President Joe Biden said on Monday, the biggest blow to the militant group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

KATHMANDU, June 23: The government has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday. The quake is reported to have killed more than 1,000 people.

GAYAN, Afghanistan, June 23: A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes and killing at least 1,000 people. The disaster posed a new test for Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and relief agencies already struggling with the country’s multiple humanitarian crises.

KABUL, June 22: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed 920 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages.

The world should not forget Afghanistan, and the United States, the maker of Afghanistan’s problems, should not deliberately ignore and stay away from the Afghan issue. It is better for the doer to undo what he has done.

KABUL, March 8: Afghanistan is at the top of the list of countries affected by terrorism in 2021, local media reported citing the Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

OSLO, Feb 20: Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said on Saturday that Oslo is not considering the recognition of the Taliban which is under UN sanctions for terrorism. Huitfeldt spoke at the Munich security conference in the session "Afghan Aftershocks: From Ashes to Ashes?"

BERLIN, Jan 29: The UN Head of World Food Program (WFP) has again expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and added that the Afghan people have resorted to selling their children and parts of their bodies to survive.

KABUL, Jan 24: At least 42 people have been killed and 76 wounded following heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, local media reported on Monday. The State Ministry in Disaster Management affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said heavy snowfall in 15 provinces of Afghanistan killed 42 people while 76 were injured in the time span, Khaama Press reported.

WASHINGTON, Jan 24: As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover.

HERAT, Jan 23: At least seven civilians, including four women, were killed and nine others wounded when a bomb blast hit a minibus in Herat city, capital of Afghanistan's western Herat province, on Saturday, a provincial official said.

KABUL/BERLIN, Jan 22:  The European Union said on Friday it was re-establishing a physical presence in Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, but stressed it was not formally recognising the Taliban-led administration.

KABUL, Jan 19: The Taliban's prime minister called Wednesday on Muslim nations to be the first to officially recognize the Afghan government that seized power in August. "I call on Muslim countries to take the lead and recognize us officially. Then I hope we will be able to develop quickly," Mohammad Hassan Akhund told a conference in Kabul.

KABUL, Jan 18: At least 26 people have been killed after an earthquake struck western Afghanistan, media reports said. Hundreds of homes were damaged in the western Badghis province, bordering Turkmenistan, after the 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Monday, Al Jazeera reported.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: The aid was made available by the United Nations, the Consul General based in Kathmandu, Nepali industrialists and business persons, the Himalayan Airlines, Nepal Oil Corporation, among other donors.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: A Nepali team with humanitarian assistance materials left for Afghanistan in a Himalaya Airlines flight on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Nepal is set to ship relief materials to Afghanistan via Himalaya Airlines. The plane will leave for Kabul on Sunday from Kathmandu.

NEW YORK, Jan 2: Afghanistan has the highest number of verified child casualties since 2005, said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), stressing children are dying and suffering because of the "callousness" and every effort should be made to keep these children safe from harm.

Members of Afghanistan’s women’s youth development soccer team arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan with the help of a New York rabbi, a U.K. soccer club and Kim Kardashian West.

KABUL, Oct 31: The Taliban called on the United States and other countries on Saturday to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world.

A small number of Nepali nationals deployed for the security of the UN agencies that are providing essential services to the Afghan people are still at work in Kabul. According to the MoFA, the UN has assured Nepal that it would take care of them and evacuate them safely in the case of any emergency situation.

PESHAWAR/KABUL, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The Taliban government has sent an envoy to run the Afghan embassy in the Pakistani capital, senior Taliban sources said, as the new administration starts to take over Afghanistan's network of foreign delegations.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28: No representative from Afghanistan will address the annual high-level U.N. General Assembly in New York after the ambassador for the government ousted by the Taliban - who was due to speak on Monday - withdrew his name.

KABUL, Sept 26: The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line movement’s return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.

Afghanistan and the United Nations

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Was the US withdrawal from Afghanistan its defeat or a tactical move to refocus on a larger strategic contest it sees more seriously challenging its vital national interests and security?

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22: The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

REUTERS, Sept 15: A month after seizing Kabul, the Taliban face daunting problems as they seek to convert their lightning military victory into a durable peacetime government.

Sept 14: The Taliban have denied that one of their top leaders has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumours about internal splits in the movement nearly a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul.

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: An additional 11 Nepali nationals rescued from Afghanistan landed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Thursday.

Sept 10: Kabul on Thursday saw the departure of its first international commercial flight since last month's chaotic Western airlift, but hopes for a return to order were offset by U.N. reports of rising restrictions on women and a looming humanitarian disaster.

KABUL, Sept 9: Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said.

WASHINGTON, Sept 8: Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's first female ambassador to the United States who left her post in July, is clearly horrified by the Taliban takeover of her country. But she is not surprised.

GENEVA, Sept 8: Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is about to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

GENEVA, Sept 6: Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new Taliban government, a World Health Organization official said on Monday.

Sept 6: The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, completing their takeover of the country following the stunning capture of Kabul last month and the chaotic withdrawal of foreign troops.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 6: At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights weren’t able to take off as pressure ramps up on the United States to help those left behind to flee.

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban carries enormous consequences for South Asia and beyond. Destabilization could start from there with Afghanistan once again becoming a safe haven for extremists working with their counterparts across the border in Pakistan. Developments in Afghanistan could significantly shift the balance of power and deepen the rivalry between the US and China.

WASHINGTON, August 31: For the first time since 2001 there are no American troops in Afghanistan after the United States completed the evacuation of most of its citizens and thousands of at-risk Afghans.

KATHMANDU, August 31: A total of 828 Nepali nationals wanting to return from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover were repatriated till Monday.

August 31: The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, ending 20 years of war that culminated in the militant Taliban's return to power.

KABUL, AUGUST 30: A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike.

KABUL, August 29: Taliban forces sealed off Kabul’s airport Saturday to most Afghans hoping for evacuation, as the U.S. and its allies were ending a chaotic airlift that will end their troops’ two decades in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON, August 28: The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.