‘Four Taliban prisoners escape Afghan jail’

Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) – Four Taliban prisoners escaped from a northern Afghanistan jail and killed two guards using weapons that had been smuggled inside, officials said Friday. The incident occurred in the relatively peaceful [...]

Slain AFP reporter’s son discharged from hospital

Kabul  – The only surviving child of slain AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad has been discharged from hospital as he continues to recover from bullet wounds to his skull, chest and thigh. Abuzar Ahmad, who turns three next Monday, was wounded [...]

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul

Kabul  - A female member of Afghanistan’s parliament was recovering in hospital Wednesday after being shot the previous night, officials and her sister said. The interior ministry said Mariam Koofi, a member of parliament from the northeastern [...]

Karzai condemns air strike over ‘civilian casualties’

Khost (Afghanistan) :  Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a US air strike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children. The incident occurred overnight in a village in Nadir Shah Kot district [...]

Afghan poll hopeful Ghani wants Pakistan ‘special relationship’

Kabul :  Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani says rapprochement with the Taliban’s old backers Pakistan, along the lines of France and Germany after World War II, is key to ending instability in his conflict-torn nation. The race [...]

Afghan deputy minister kidnapped

Kabul : An senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works, was taken by gunmen at around [...]

Afghan voters turn to social media to fight fraud

Kabul :  Fed-up with the massive rigging that took place in previous elections, Afghan voters have been using social media to highlight alleged fraud, and officials are starting to take notice. Smartphone videos of ballots being stuffed at [...]

Abdullah leads Ghani in first partial results of Afghan vote

Kabul  – Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani in early results from the Afghan presidential election, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, but figures indicate a likely [...]

Four killed in landslide in northern Afghanistan: officials

Kabul  – A landslide triggered by heavy rains and a small earthquake swept through two villages in northern Afghanistan killing four people and destroying around 100 houses, officials said Saturday. The natural disaster occurred overnight [...]

Two Afghan poll candidates scent victory as run-off looms

Kabul :  Two leading candidates in Afghanistan’s presidential election each claimed Wednesday to be winning the vote count easily, but said they would be ready to contest a second-round run-off if necessary. More than seven million people [...]

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