Cosmopolitan new Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

Kabul  - Afghanistan’s cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France’s controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to “blinders” as she prepares to campaign for more respect for women in her conservative [...]

Afghanistan’s Ghani drops Pashtun name from official documents

Kabul  - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has removed his tribal Pashtun surname “Ahmadzai” from all official documents, a spokesman told AFP on Thursday. “The chairman of the Office of Administrative Affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi [...]

Wheelchair basketball gives new hope to disabled Afghan women

Kabul  - They have lost limbs to landmines and been disabled by mortar shrapnel, but Afghanistan’s wheelchair women basketball players refuse to call themselves victims. Clashing wheelchairs, hooting supporters and balls swishing through [...]

Afghanistan’s Ghani Visits China in First Official Trip

ISLAMABAD— The presidents of China and Afghanistan have pledged long-term partnership between their nations, during the first state visit by Afghanistan’s new leader Ashraf Ghani. Many Afghans are optimistic that increased diplomatic and [...]

Taliban storm Afghan court, ‘kill seven’

Kunduz (Afghanistan) – Taliban militants stormed a court in northern Afghanistan on Monday and killed at least seven people including prosecutors, shooting them in their offices at close range, officials said. The raid was mounted in [...]

Insecurity and opium blight Afghan province as British leave

Kandahar (Afghanistan) – Despite praise from politicians, British troops are leaving behind a province still blighted by insurgency and a huge opium harvest as they end their combat mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand. The Union Jack [...]

Two rockets hit Afghan capital

Kabul – Two rockets struck Kabul’s sensitive green zone late Sunday, home to several embassies and security headquarters, though police said there were no casualties. “At around 9:15 pm (1645 GMT) tonight, two rockets fired [...]

Britain hands over last Afghan base

CAMP BASTION-LEATHERNECK (Afghanistan)  - British forces Sunday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives. The handover [...]

Afghan cleric jailed for raping 11-year-old girl

Kabul  - An Afghan cleric has been jailed for 20 years for raping an 11-year old girl, her lawyer and activists said Sunday, after the child confronted her attacker in court despite fierce family opposition. Activists said the girl appeared [...]

New Afghanistan president Ghani to visit China

Kabul – Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani will head to China next week for a three-day visit, his office said in a statement Tuesday, his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month. Ghani will be accompanied by a high [...]

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