KABUL, April 29: Thousands of Afghans congregated in Kabul on Monday for a rare consultative meeting aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end Afghanistan’s war.

Naib made Afghanistan ODI captain

April 6, 2019 01:25 am

REPUBLICA, April 6: Afghanistan replaced long-serving one-day internationals captain Asghar Afghan on Friday, replacing him with Gulbadin Naib less than two months before this year’s 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.

HERAT, April 5: Heavy rains and flooding have killed eight people in the western Herat and northern Baghlan provinces, officials said Friday.

KABUL/BALKH, March 20: After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder times.

KABUL, March 17: Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan’s most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures scrutiny right down to her choice of clothes.

ISTANBUL, March 3: Afghanistan has given $1 million to the main U.N. program for Palestinian refugees.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, Feb 11: The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban.

KABUL, Feb 6: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday no peace deal between the Taliban and the United States could be finalised without involving his government as “the decision-maker”.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 4: The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN-- A co-founder of the Taliban who was released from prison in Pakistan in October has been appointed head of the group’s political office in Qatar as it holds negotiations with the United States over ending the 17-year-old Afghan war.

Jan 22: 6 things to know by 6 PM

January 22, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, Jan 22: Afghan officials say the brazen Taliban attack on a military base in an eastern province the previous day had killed at least 45 people, most of them military personnel.

Afghanistan’s forgotten half

January 21, 2019 00:30 am

While Afghan women made huge strides in 2001, much more remains to be done

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 19: The Afghan Taliban rejected reports in the Pakistani media that they were prepared to resume meetings with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad and repeated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government.

Agonizing over Afghanistan

January 16, 2019 00:30 am

America’s policy in Afghanistan should be one that avoids the risks of a rapid, unconditional exit but also minimizes the costs of staying

PUL-E-KHUMRI, AFGHNAISTAN, Jan 14: Eight militants including a key Taliban commander, Qari Assadullah, were confirmed dead as an unmanned plane struck a Taliban hideout in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Afghan Baghlan province on Monday, media reports said quoting Abdul Hadi Jamal, an army spokesman in the northern region.

KABUL, Jan 6 : At least 30 goldmine workers were killed in a landslide in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on Sunday, a police spokesman said.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 6: The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in talks.

KABUL, Dec 25: Gunmen who raided a government building in the Afghan capital killed at least 28 people - mostly government employees - and wounded more than 20 others in a seven-hour standoff with police that ended on Monday night, Afghan authorities said.

The Trump administration has ordered the military to start withdrawing around 7,000 troops from Afghanistan – an abrupt shift in the 17-year-old war there and a decision that stunned Afghan officials.

Dec 21: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

December 21, 2018 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

WASHINGTON, Dec 21: President Donald Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said on Thursday, in the latest sign Trump’s patience is thinning with America’s longest war and overseas military interventions.

KABUL, Dec 26: At least 20 women and children were killed in an airstrike conducted by US warplanes in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, media reports said quoting the local officials.

AFGHANISTAN, Dec 8: An Afghan boy who shot to international fame for his devotion to the footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for a second time amid the threat of militant attack - leaving behind his prized signed jersey and football.

AFGHANISTAN, Dec 3: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has widened its investigation into complaints of discrimination within the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) following new allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

Taliban ambush police convoy, killing 20

November 26, 2018 11:30 am

KABUL, Nov 26: An Afghan official says that at least 20 policemen were killed when the Taliban ambushed a police convoy in western Farah province.

KABUL, Nov 20: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said.

CARACAS, Nov 10: Friday marked World Freedom Day for the United States. In the 17 years since the holiday was declared by former President George W. Bush, over 500,000 people have been killed in the so-called “War on Terror,” a study shows.

KABUL, Nov 6: An aircraft on Tuesday flew 20 tons of pine nuts from Afghanistan to China, officials said, inaugurating their first air cargo link as the landlocked South Asian nation turns to overseas markets to offset its trade deficit.

KABUL, Nov 5: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen.

KABUL, Oct 31: There have been no survivors in the deadly crash of a military helicopter that had at least 20 people on board in Anar Dara district of Afghanistan's Farah province, TOLOnews reported on Wednesday, citing local officials.

KABUL, Oct 20: Afghans voted on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organization, allegations of corruption and violence that have forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct 19 : Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct 18: Gen. Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan’s most powerful security officials, was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting in the governor’s compound in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Nepal cricket teen sensation Sandeep Lamichhane started his Afghanistan Premier League (APL) campaign picking up two wickets in a losing cause when his team Nangarhar Leopards lost to Paktia Panthers by seven wickets on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Nepal has lost two consecutive matches in the U-19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In its second game, Nepal lost to Afghanistan by three wickets and ended its chances of going into the semi-final. Nepal had scored 132 runs for Afghanistan to chase. Afghanistan's U-19 team chased the run with 75 balls to spare.

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Nepal U-19 cricket team winning the toss opt to bat first against Afghanistan and set a target of 132 runs in the ongoing ACC U-19 Asia Cup, Bangladesh on Monday.

DUBAI, Sept 22: Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last over three-wicket win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

AFGHANISTAN, Sept 21: Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away, killing him and his cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi.

Nepal U-19 team registers first win

September 16, 2018 18:17 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: A 78-run knockout haul from Pawan Sarraf and four wickets from Sagar Dhakal inspired Nepal U-19 cricket team’s first win in Lucknow against Afghanistan in the ongoing Quadrangular U-19 One Day Series with 25 runs on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: Nepal posted a target of 190 runs against Afghanistan in the third match of the U19 Quadrangular One Day Series underway in Lucknow in India.

WASHINGTON: Pakistan approached Afghanistan earlier this year, indicating its willingness to discuss the resumption of trade between Afghanistan and India through the Pakistani land route, says a senior US diplomat.

WASHINGTON, Sept 10: The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.

KABUL, Sept 3: When American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel John W Nicholson Jr survived by chance. That morning, as dozens of his colleagues were killed, he was moving house and was not at his desk — which he said was 30 metres  from the nose of the plane.

MOSCOW, Aug 29: China has reportedly started to build a training camp in Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, a narrow area that separates Tajikistan from Pakistan, in efforts to improve counterterrorism efforts in the war-torn country.

Aug 27: The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group's hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

Living among the dead

August 25, 2018 01:10 am

It is heartbreaking to see people suffer death of their loved ones and to see them leave their homes.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug 20: Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said.

KABUL, Aug. 20: Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in an ambush in the country’s north.

AFGHANISTAN, Aug 20: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province.