Afghan president pledges relief fund for avalanche victims

Kabul  – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort. Avalanches killed at least 286 people [...]

Afghan avalanches toll ‘rises above 250′

Kabul – More than 250 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan this week, provincial authorities said Friday. The bulk of the deaths have come in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, [...]

Death toll from Afghan avalanches ‘exceeds 200′

  Bazarak (Afghanistan) – More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further. The bulk of the deaths [...]

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul  – The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment. In a new report, the UN said there was credible evidence that [...]

Afghan avalanches ‘kill more than 100′

Kabul – Avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall have killed more than  100 people in Afghanistan and the death toll is expected to rise, officials said on Wednesday. Most of the victims were in Panjshir province north of Kabul, where two [...]

Gunmen abduct 30 Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan

Kandahar (Afghanistan)  – Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. The men, members of the minority Hazara ethnic group, were seized on Monday [...]

Afghan leader says Taliban talks could start soon, militants deny

Kabul – Afghanistan’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that peace talks with the Taliban could begin in the coming days, though the militants swiftly dismissed the idea. There have been growing hopes in recent weeks [...]

Pentagon chief reviews plans to shut Kandahar base

Kandahar (Afghanistan) – Pentagon chief Ashton Carter headed to southern Afghanistan on Sunday to review plans to withdraw US forces in a volatile area that has long preoccupied American commanders. In his first visit abroad days after [...]

New Pentagon chief Carter in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul – The Pentagon’s new chief, Ashton Carter, flew to Kabul on Saturday to confer with commanders and Afghan leaders about the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan. Only days after taking the helm as defense [...]

Afghan Taliban to meet US officials for talks in Qatar: sources

Kandahar (Afghanistan)  – Taliban representatives are to meet US officials in Qatar soon for possible peace talks on Afghanistan, sources from the militant group told AFP on Thursday. There have been several fruitless attempts at dialogue [...]

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