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Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has refused the Taliban outfit’s demand for the release of 5,000 detainees within 10 days, saying no precondition is acceptable for initiating intra-Afghan talks.

Afghan president approves inclusion of mother’s name on ID cards

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday approved the inclusion of a mother’s name in the country’s national identity cards.
Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi on Monday said the Afghan government intends to put an end to the longstanding war and violence in the country and ensure lasting peace.

Afghan government seeks to end ongoing war, violence

Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi on Monday said the Afghan government intends to put an end to the longstanding war and violence in the country and ensure lasting peace.
The opening ceremony for long-awaited historic, face-to-face peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group is set to hold on Saturday in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Afghan peace talks set to begin in Qatar

The opening ceremony for long-awaited historic, face-to-face peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group is set to hold on Saturday in the Qatari capital, Doha.
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Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million

Global coronavirus cases surged past 25 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as India marked a worldwide record for daily new cases in the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 soldiers killed in Afghanistan attacks

At least 15 soldiers were killed across three Afghan provinces, officials said on Saturday, as violence keeps the country in its grasp, and the start of peace talks remains delayed.

Gunmen shoot Afghan negotiator

A prominent women’s rights campaigner and member of the Afghan negotiating team that will hold talks with the Taliban, Fawzia Koofi, has been wounded in a gun attack near Kabul, officials said Saturday.
The Taliban accused Afghan security forces Sunday of re-arresting insurgents who had been released as part of a crucial prisoner swap meant to kick-start peace talks.

Taliban accuse Kabul of re-arresting freed insurgents

The Taliban accused Afghan security forces Sunday of re-arresting insurgents who had been released as part of a crucial prisoner swap meant to kick-start peace talks.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Afghanistan reports 409 new coronavirus cases

Afghanistan reported on Sunday 409 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total to 28,833, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said.

Roadside bomb kills seven in Afghanistan

Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, even as authorities pressed for peace talks with the militants.
ISLAMABAD - Afghan officials said Saturday a bomb exploded and killed a journalist and a driver of a private television channel in the capital, Kabul. Six other people were injured.

Afghan TV journalist, driver killed in Kabul blast

Afghan officials said Saturday a bomb exploded and killed a journalist and a driver of a private television channel in the capital, Kabul. Six other people were injured.

Car bomb kills five in Afghanistan

A car bomb attack targeting an Afghan intelligence agency installation in the eastern province of Ghazni killed at least five people on Monday, an official said.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who claimed the elections were rigged, are expected to sign a power-sharing deal Sunday.

Afghan leaders reach power-sharing deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who claimed the elections were rigged, are expected to sign a power-sharing deal Sunday.
People react at the scene of the attack on a hospital in Kabul on Tuesday. Photograph – Hedayatullah Amid-EPA

Gunmen attack Afghan hospital, kill two babies, 11 others

Thirteen people, including two babies, were killed on Tuesday when gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Gunmen have stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) runs a maternity clinic, officials said.

Gunmen storm Afghan hospital

Gunmen have stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) runs a maternity clinic, officials said.
The Afghan government said it has launched an investigation into claims that migrants attempting to enter Iran drowned after being forced into a river by Iranian border guards.

Probe into claims Afghan migrants forced into river by Iran guards

The Afghan government said it has launched an investigation into claims that migrants attempting to enter Iran drowned after being forced into a river by Iranian border guards.
The US military in Afghanistan Saturday urged warring parties to “return to the political path” in a rare open letter to the Taliban as a surge in violence risks shattering a hoped-for peace process.

US military warns of ‘responses’ if Taliban violence continues

The US military in Afghanistan Saturday urged warring parties to “return to the political path” in a rare open letter to the Taliban as a surge in violence risks shattering a hoped-for peace process.
The Afghan government has freed 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group earlier walking out of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to a plan to end years of war.

100 Taliban prisoners released in attempt to revive peace plan

The Afghan government has freed 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group earlier walking out of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to a plan to end years of war.

ISIS leader arrested in Afghanistan

The head of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate has been arrested along with 19 other militants, Afghan officials said Saturday.

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