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Go beyond the headlines for the latest in Afghanistan news.

For the Afghan peace talks to succeed, a ceasefire is the next — and perhaps toughest — step forward
The Conversation
January 5, 2021
Peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban are set to resume today in Doha, at a time of heightened violence in Afghanistan and uncertainty about the prospects for an end to four decades of crushing conflict.
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Afghan Republic Negotiating Team Has Nation’s Full Support
Khaama Press
January 5, 2021
Dr. Abdullah in a series of tweets on Monday said, “This evening the Leadership Committee of the HCNR in a joint meeting with the Islamic Republic’s Negotiation Team discussed the latest developments in the peace process, & provided a clear guideline for the team for the next round of the peace talks.”
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Fresh Round of Intra-Afghan Talks Ready to Resume
The Media Line
January 4, 2021
The resumption of the talks in Doha this week between the Afghan government and the Taliban come amid increased violence and uncertainty about how engaged the new Biden Administration will be.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan meets Ambassador of Qatar
MENAFN
January 3, 2021
HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak Al Khayarin.
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Brighter Image of Afghanistan
MENAFN
December 30, 2020
The International Cricket Council announced Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan as player of the decade. He was selected among top cricket players who are very famous for their best performances in the history of cricket that have brought many achievements for their country as well.
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Afghanistan, Pakistan Eye New Railway Link Project
Tolo
December 30, 2020
Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, the Afghan Minister for Industry and Commerce, on Wednesday met Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad and the two discussed issues around bilateral relations including the expansion of a railway line project between the Afghan cities of Mazar-e-Sharif – Kabul and Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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Iran, Afghanistan seek to bolster tourism ties
Tehran Times
December 26, 2020
Iran and Afghanistan are set to extend mutual tourism ties both in the current coronavirus era and when the pandemic is contained.
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Afghanistan Invited for Second Trilateral Meeting on Chabahar
Financial Tribune
December 25, 2020
Afghanistan has been invited for the second India-Uzbekistan-Iran trilateral meeting on the use of Chabahar Port. Earlier this month, the first meeting was attended by the deputy ministers of the three countries.
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Afghanistan- The Education of Women: A National Redline in Peace Process
MENAFN
December 23, 2020
The Doha peace process has raised a lot of concerns about future of women in Afghanistan. The women of Afghanistan have repeatedly raised their concerns and worries that the outcome of the talks should not return them to the black past when they were lashed if appeared in social arena without a male companion .
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Trump's Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan: Part 1 – Abandoning a Vulnerable Ally in the War on Terror
HNN
December 20, 2020
Before his ouster as Secretary of Defense on November 9th, Mark Esper sent a worried memo to Donald Trump stating that it was the “unanimous” recommendation of the chain of command for the war in Afghanistan that conditions were not ready for the president’s proposed US troop withdrawal.
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Australia to host Afghanistan for historic one-off Test in 2021
CRIC TREACKER
December 20, 2020
Australia will host Afghanistan for a solitary Test match in November next year as per the agreement between Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Cricket Australia (CA). The ACB confirmed the big development on Saturday. The historic Test was originally scheduled to be held in November 2020 but had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Delhi discom''s role in training female engineers from Afghanistan
OUTLOOK INIDA
December 19, 2020
TPDDL''s support towards capacity building and training of female engineers from the country has been highlighted by the World Bank in its blog "How Afghanistan''s national power utility is helping women thrive in the workplace". "It has been our honour to host the team of female engineers from Afghanistan and support them with the technical knowledge we have garnered over the years," said TPDDL CEO Ganesh Srinivasan.
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Taliban meeting: Imran says no military solution to Afghan conflict
SAMAA
December 18, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that there is no military solution to the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan, and all stakeholders must agree on a ceasefire.
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Afghanistan- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Meets Taliban in Islamabad
MENAFN
December 18, 2020
In this meeting, Khan reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, adding that the Intra-Afghan negotiations provide a historic opportunity to the Afghan leaders for achieving durable peace and stability through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
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Afghan-Taliban delegation arrives in Pakistan to push forward peace process
NEW INDIAN EXPRESS
December 16, 2020
A high-level Afghan-Taliban delegation arrived here on Wednesday to hold talks with the top Pakistani leadership as part of efforts to push forward the reconciliation process, amid growing incidents of violence in Afghanistan
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US Envoy Calls for Timely Resumption of Intra-Afghan Peace Talks
VOA
December 14, 2020
The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has asked the Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government to swiftly resume peace talks after their mutually agreed three-week break starting Monday.
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North Atlantic Council statement on the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations
NATO
December 11, 2020
We urge the parties to build on this momentum by agreeing to immediately end violence and by negotiating toward a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire and a political roadmap for a prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and its neighbours.
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Fake Covid-19 tests behind reduced foreign flights: Saleh
Pajhwok
December 9, 2020
The credibility of passenger flights from Afghanistan was hurt after some private medical laboratories provided fake coronavirus tests to passengers, Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Tuesday.
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Will Biden ensure Afghanistan doesn't become safe haven for terrorists again?
New Kerala
December 9, 2020
Joe Bidens return to the White House, this time as the President of the US (POTUS) has given a new glimmer of hope to NATO and Washingtons main allies who have been having nightmares since November 17, the day Donald Trump administration announced its decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021.
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21-Point Code of Conduct Hailed as Breakthrough in Afghan Peace Talks
VOA
December 9, 2020
Negotiation teams from the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed to refer differences in interpretation of Sharia law to a joint committee, protect the confidentiality of ongoing peace talks, and carry out the process with “truthfulness, sincerity, and determination,” according to a code of conduct agreed upon by both sides last week.
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How US wasted billions on absurd errors in Afghanistan war
Fox News
December 8, 2020
In the coming weeks, the Pentagon plans to accelerate the troop drawdown from 4,500 to 2,500 under orders from President Trump – leaving behind a bleak picture of a struggling country beleaguered by nearly daily attacks, bullet-pockmarked buildings and an ailing economy.
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ADB Approves $100 Million Grant to Support Afghanistan’s COVID-19 Response
Asia BN
December 4, 2020
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $100-million grant to help the Government of Afghanistan respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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US Hails Much-Awaited Breakthrough In Afghan Peace Talks
Eurasia Review
December 3, 2020
Delegates of warring sides in Afghanistan announced Wednesday they had agreed on a framework for their peace negotiations aimed at ending the country’s protracted conflict. The United States, which brokered the peace process, welcomed the agreement as a “major milestone” in the peace negotiations involving the Taliban insurgency and representatives of the Afghan government.
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ADB Approves $100 Million Grant to Support Afghanistan’s COVID-19 Response
Business News Asia
December 3, 2020
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $100-million grant to help the Government of Afghanistan respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Committed to Afghanistan’s uplift: Turkmenistan
Pajhwok
November 28, 2020
Turkmenistan has reaffirmed its strong commitment to promoting Afghanistan’s socio-economic development Trend news agency, citing a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ashgabat, said Turkmenistan’s commitment was reflected in the infrastructure projects it had initiated.
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Azerbaijan, Afghanistan discuss opportunities for expanding cooperation
Azerbaijan News
November 26, 2020
Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has held a phone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar.
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Afghanistan faces cut in foreign aid as donors set stringent conditions
Straits Times
November 24, 2020
Although the country's fragile economy depends heavily on foreign aid, the Kabul government will see cuts in donations and donors will introduce stringent conditions, five participants said.
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Afghanistan and its donors: a critical time
Divpolicy Blog
November 23, 2020
The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, on 23 and 24 November, presents an important opportunity for renewing the partnership between Afghanistan and the international community. It can help secure Afghanistan’s transition from aid dependency to self-reliance, and from conflict to peace.
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2020 Afghanistan Conference due to be held in Switzerland
Foreign Brief
November 23, 2020
The 2020 Afghanistan Conference, organized by Afghanistan, Finland and the United Nations (UN) will be held today in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference will renew and affirm Afghan and international commitments in developing and stabilizing Afghanistan by creating joint development goals through 2024 and coordinating financial assistance. A joint political declaration is expected to be issued, and new structures created to help financial aid work effectively throughout the country.
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Pakistan Helped Taliban Weaken Afghan Gov't & Kabul's Alignment with India: Obama's Memoirs
Sputnik
November 18, 2020
Former US President Barack Obama’s memoirs, released on Tuesday, have caused some ripples in India, especially his unflattering remarks about Rahul Gandhi of the opposition Congress party. The autobiography also has references to Obama’s India visit.
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Taliban Lost Opportunity to Attend Geneva Conference: EU Envoy
Tolo News
November 17, 2020
Andreas von Brandt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union in Afghanistan on Tuesday said that the Taliban has lost the opportunity to attend the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, saying reduction in violence was the only option for the group to participate in the summit.
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Egypt, Afghanistan discuss bolstering bilateral ties, counterterrorism
Daily News
November 17, 2020
Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed with his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar, boosting joint cooperation relations between the two countries in different fields. They also discussed developments of ongoing peace talks in Afghanistan.
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Siemens Energy signs agreement to develop Afghanistan as an energy hub
REM
November 16, 2020
Siemens Energy has signed a multi-phase agreement with Afghanistan to establish the country as an energy hub in central Asia by developing a modern, sustainable, and cost-effective power system, incorporating the massive potential of renewable energy generation.
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No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan
Fair Observer
November 15, 2020
Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State Khorasan (ISK) compete with the Taliban for political success and influence by perpetrating more violence. At the same time, they look to each other’s success as a source of inspiration and cooperation.
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Role of Afghanistan in the Neighborhood of Rising China
MENAFN
November 15, 2020
Afghanistan's instable political and social circumstances have limited its role, the country possesses a key strategic worth. It is a link between the Central Asia and South Asia and also significant in joining the eastern parts of Central Asia and China to the Middle East. Afghanistan has a short border (around 46 miles) with China at the Wakhan Corridor.
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IMF: Poverty, Unemployment Still a Challenge for Afghans MORE SOCIALS
Tolo News
November 14, 2020
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a report has assessed Afghanistan’s economic index and has described poverty and unemployment among major challenges for Afghans.
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'Indian equipment for Chabahar development to arrive by Mar.'
MEHR News Agency
November 11, 2020
Being asked about the strategic significance of Chabahr Port and its expected future, Port and Maritime Organization (PMO) Head Mohammad Rastad said: "Considering its geographical location, Chabahar Port can play a significant role in improving and promoting the transit volume of Iran."
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Biden’s best move on Afghanistan would be to stop pampering the Taliban
Washington Examiner
November 10, 2020
Every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has been elected with a mandate to focus on domestic issues and the economy, only to have reality intercede. Joe Biden, the apparent winner of the presidential election, may want to follow suit, but the decisions of war and peace will consume his first days, especially with U.S. troops stationed abroad in war zones. It is fair to question Biden’s foreign policy judgment, who, as a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the incoming president most fluent in foreign affairs since former CIA director George H.W. Bush entered the Oval Office in 1989.
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UNAMA to cooperate with Iran’s Energy Ministry to expand ties with Afghanistan
Tehran Times
November 9, 2020
The Iranian minister for his part expressed satisfaction with Lyons’ visit to Tehran after her appointment as the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and mentioned various needs of this country and the abundant professional and economic capacities of the Islamic Republic of Iran to contribute to scientific, industrial and economic progress in Afghanistan
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Contested Afghan Provinces See Drastic Drop In Girls’ Education
Gandhara
October 30, 2020
A leading rights watchdog in Afghanistan has documented a dramatic drop in girls’ education in two provinces where the Taliban controls large swathes of rural territories and is battling government forces for more power.
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Al-Qaeda still 'heavily embedded' within Taliban in Afghanistan, UN official warns
BBC NEWS
October 29, 2020
Al-Qaeda is still "heavily embedded" within the Taliban in Afghanistan, in spite of a historic US-Taliban agreement earlier this year, a senior United Nations official has told the BBC.
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How Reviving Silk Making Helps Women in Afghanistan
BORGEN
October 28, 2020
HERAT, Afghanistan — The women of Herat, Afghanistan recently started revisiting an ancient tradition that once flourished and defined their city: silk making. Previously an important Silk Road trading hub and an oasis for travelers, Herat is a longstanding cultural center and major city in western Afghanistan.
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ADB approves $18.28m grant to enhance agricultural productivity in Afghanistan
Decdiscourse
October 28, 2020
The additional financing for the Panj–Amu River Basin Sector Project will improve access to water and enhance the resilience of watersheds to disaster and climate risks by expanding project activities in the provinces of Badakhshan, Kunduz, and Takhar.
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Stoltenberg Rules Out Rushed NATO Exit From Afghanistan
Gandhara
October 21, 2020
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance will not leave Afghanistan until security conditions allow, as rising violence threatens to derail ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks in Qatar.
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Four Lessons for Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan
USIP
October 21, 2020
As Afghan peace talks in Doha move forward, a vital component to the success of any peace deal will be how Afghanistan’s security sector can reform to sustain peace after more than 40 years of violence, and how the international community can best assist.
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NATO Allies and partners reaffirm their commitment of financial support for sustainable Afghan security forces
NATO
October 19, 2020
NATO Allies and partners met at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board. They reviewed the implementation of their financial contributions in support to the Afghan security forces, discussed contributions for 2021 and reiterated their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan security forces through 2024.
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U.S. forces conduct 'targeted strikes' to slow Taliban advance
The Washington Times
October 12, 2020
U.S. forces over the past two days have conducted “targeted strikes” to slow a Taliban advance on Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Pentagon officials said Monday in the latest sign that violence continues despite a peace deal struck earlier this year.
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Trump’s Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn’t Match Military Reality
The New York Times
October 11, 2020
When President Trump said on Twitter last week that all American troops in Afghanistan might be home by Christmas, he was reiterating a goal that has eluded him for years — and most likely hoping that when it comes to ending military deployments, voters will give him more credit for his messaging than for his results.
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Afghanistan: Intra-Afghan talks and the challenges ahead
ORF
October 9, 2020
The American endgame in Afghanistan is driven by the need to save face after suffering a military defeat at the hands of insurgents, with or without a negotiated political settlement in place.
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Afghan Women’s Leaders: The Taliban Must Recognize Today’s Afghanistan
Ms
October 9, 2020
http://Activism and advocacy by and on behalf of Afghan women has brought international attention to key issues at stake in their country’s ongoing peace process. As historic intra-Afghan negotiations proceed between Afghanistan and the Taliban, many women are speaking out to ensure the fundamental rights of all Afghans are protected in any political settlement—especially the advances made by women and girls in education, politics, civil society and other sectors since 2001.
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Afghan Leader Wants Taliban to Help Fight Against Islamic State
Bloomberg
October 8, 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wants Taliban fighters to integrate into the country’s armed forces and join efforts to eliminate Islamic State militants, the first clear indication of the government’s vision for its defense and security apparatus if peace talks in Qatar progress.
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Germany To Remain Key Partner In Rebuilding Afghanistan – Analysis
Eurasia Review
October 8, 2020
Afghanistan and Germany share a long history of bilateral ties that began when a delegation was sent by the German emperor in 1915 in order to build ties with Afghanistan. The mission was not successful, but it laid the groundwork as, on its return to Germany, they began research on Afghanistan, paving the way for future cooperation between the two countries.
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Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah meets NSA Doval, discusses Afghan peace process
ZEE NEWS
October 7, 2020
Abdullah Abdullah, the chief negotiator with the Taliban in the intra-Afghan peace dialogue, met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval here on Wednesday (October 7) and discussed Afghan peace process.
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Digital ID a surprising, qualified success for women in Afghanistan
BIOMETRIC UPDATE
October 7, 2020
It is not the typical story coming out of Afghanistan, and the anti-modernity Taliban is the ultimate revenant religious force, but there remains hope that the lot of women there can be improved to some small degree by getting them recognized legally in their own nation.
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What the Taliban and Pakistan Lose If Afghan Peace Negotiations Fail
CJ
October 6, 2020
There will be four big losers if the Afghan Peace Negotiations fail to create an Afghan society and governance model that is acceptable to the majority of the Afghan people and upholds the 1948 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Germany to Provide €240M to Afghanistan
Tolo News
October 6, 2020
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed to invest an overall amount of about AFN 21.3 billion (EUR 240 million) for financial and technical cooperation in 2020, said a statement from the German ministry.
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Afghanistan and Int’l Partners Prepare for Geneva Conference
Khaama Press
October 6, 2020
More than 70 countries, international organizations, and Afghan Government officials will take part in the upcoming Geneva conference, which is scheduled for 23-24 of November at Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Ministry of Finance said in a released statement on Tuesday.
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India’s Presence in ‘Naya’ Afghanistan
INDIA WEST
October 5, 2020
It is not often that a war torn country gets a lucrative opportunity to turn the clock back, the intra Afghan peace talks ostensibly aimed at ending the almost two decade old civil war in Afghanistan which has battered the country’s economy and polity offers.
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Kabul Press
October 1, 2020
The ongoing peace process is an opportunity to establish long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan. In order to ensure the success of the negotiations, the global Hazara community encourages the steadfast commitment of the negotiating parties as well as the supporting states and international organizations to protect the fundamental principles of human rights, justice, freedom of religion and belief, the rule of law, and equality of all citizens
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'Taliban Shows No Flexibility in Peace': Deputy Minister
Tolo News
September 30, 2020
The deputy minister of justice, Zakia Adili, at an event on Wednesday called the Taliban a “monopolist” group that does not show flexibility in the peace process, and that the view of the group toward justice for victims of violence is political rather than rights-based.
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A hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan would be unwise, writes PM in op-ed
DAWN
September 27, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that a hasty international withdrawal from Afghanistan would be "unwise" and cautioned against setting unrealistic timelines.
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Afghanistan agrees partnership for four wind power and solar energy projects
reve
September 25, 2020
Afghanistan’s state-run power producer Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat has signed contracts to develop four renewable power projects with the private sector. The four projects will cost $160m, and are expected to add 110MW of clean energy to the nation’s power grid over the next 18 to 27 months.
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'The Taliban took my young years. This war will take my old years': Afghanistan's forgotten victims
The Telegraph
September 24, 2020
Fereshta’s dreams vanished when a suicide bomber detonated his vest at a central Kabul demonstration two years ago, tearing to death six people, including the 18-year-old journalism student who loved poetry, painting and writing her own songs.
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Afghan sports coach helps young refugees find a path to school in Iran
UNHCR
September 21, 2020
Standing on the sidelines of a football pitch, whistle in hand, Rozma Ghafouri watches a group of young Afghan girls dribble the ball. One of them slows as she reaches the goal, adjusts her stance, and knocks the ball into the back of the net. Her teammates erupt into cheers and Rozma blows the whistle to signal the end of the match.
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ADB to Provide $100M for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan
Tolo News
September 19, 2020
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country. The national lockdown that ended in May affected many businesses in the country, according to government officials.
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Afghan Mothers' Names to Be Printed on Children's ID Cards
VOA
September 18, 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed the reform into law Thursday. It is being lauded as a "major victory" for Afghan women and rights campaigners, who have long fought for the change to promote gender equality in the country. 
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UN-linked peace programme aims to boost women’s representation
TRTWORLD
September 17, 2020
The launch of the Women ART Peace Programme comes as the UN75 global governance forum held a virtual meeting to explore ways in which to achieve sustainable development goals.
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With Kabul Team in Doha, Abdullah 'Optimistic'
Tolo News
September 11, 2020
As the countdown begins for intra-Afghan negotiations, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, who landed in Doha with Afghan delegates on Friday evening said he remains hopeful about the results of the talks.
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An Open Letter from World Leaders Calling for Afghan Women’s Meaningful Participation in the Peace Process
GIWPS
September 10, 2020
We call upon all relevant national, regional and international actors to pursue a peaceful, stable Afghanistan by ensuring women’s full participation in the peace process. After 40 years of conflict, there may finally be an opportunity for peace. The international community has an obligation to assist with ensuring that the peace forged is durable and this opportunity is not squandered.
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India-Afghanistan Transit Accounts for 28% of Chabahar Container Traffic
FT
September 6, 2020
India’s total transit of goods to Afghanistan via Iran accounted for 28% of Chabahar’s total container traffic by the end of August, which marks the 20th month of the Indian operator’s presence in the port, says Behrouz Aqaei, the head of Sistan-Baluchestan’s Ports and Maritime Organization.
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'Assassins tried to kill my mother right in front of me, twice'
BBC
September 4, 2020
"I was horrified because I thought I had lost my mum," Shuhra told the BBC, of the assassination attempt last month. "But then I tried to control myself because she needed my help."
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Afghanistan Inks $23M Worth Pacts with ADB to Fight COVID-19
Khaama Press
September 3, 2020
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Afghan government has signed at least three pacts worth $23.95 million financed by Asian Development Bank, in a bid to build treatment facilities and medical supplies in the country to fight against the ongoing battle with COVID-19 pandemic, according to ADB press release on Wednesday.
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Last mile hitches in Afghan peace challenging
AA
July 28, 2020
Describing the current phase a defining moment in the history of Afghanistan, US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad admitted that last mile travel to reach peace in the war-torn country remained challenging.
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Over 400,000 Afghans Returned Home From Iran In First Half Of 2020
Gandhara
July 28, 2020
More than 400,000 Afghans have returned to their home country from neighboring Iran in the first six months of the year, the United Nations' International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on July 28.
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New Health Clinic Building in Kunduz To Benefit 120,000 People
German Cooperation with Afghanistan
July 27, 2020
The new Central Health Clinic and Emergency Obstetric Care Clinic located in the area of Aqtapa will provide health services to around 120,000 people in all 64 villages of Qala-e Zal District.
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Iran: KTAI corridor officially starts operating
Trend News Agency
July 26, 2020
"KTAI corridor officially starts operating....
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First Batch Of 11 Afghan Sikhs, Including One Abducted From Gurudwara Last Month, Arrive In India
SWARAJYA
July 26, 2020
In a major development, eleven members of the Sikh community from Afghanistan who were granted short-term visa by the Indian Embassy in Kabul, arrived in New Delhi on Sunday (26 July)
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Iran, Afghanistan discuss ways to complete Khaf-Herat railway
Tehran Times
July 25, 2020
Afghan official with Herat Governor's Office Jilani Farhad told IRNA that a joint committee was set up following the emphasis of the Afghan president to accelerate construction and completion of the project considering its significance to improve transit between Iran and Afghanistan.
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Afghan Taliban proposes August timeline for talks with government
TRT
July 24, 2020
The offer from the militants comes amid soaring violence that has threatened to derail US-backed efforts to bring Kabul and the Taliban to the negotiating table and seek an end to Afghanistan's nearly 19-year war.
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US Pledges $36.7M for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan
TOLO News
July 24, 2020
The United States has allocated more than $36.7 million to help the people of Afghanistan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and expedited $90 million in continued development assistance through the World Bank to support Afghanistan’s national health....
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Social media heroes: Afghan teen, her brother fought Taliban
Yahoo News
July 22, 2020
An Afghan teenager and her younger brother are being hailed as heroes on social media after reportedly fighting off Taliban militants who killed their parents during a firefight last week in central Afghanistan.
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Turkey helps out Paralympic body in Afghanistan
AA
July 22, 2020
Turkey’s state-run aid agency delivered sports and office equipment to the Herat Paralympic Federation in western Afghanistan
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For young Afghan women, jujitsu is more than just a sport
THE CS Monitor
July 22, 2020
Young women in Afghanistan are learning jujitsu, inspired by female Afghan Olympic athletes. Between head-holds and high-kicks, the women are finding empowerment in the martial art as they face the country's shifting political winds.
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The US Election Does Not Matter for Afghanistan
TOLO News
July 22, 2020
"The US intervention was never primarily about reconstruction and women's rights.....
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Mohib Tells Taliban to 'Stop Killing Afghans'
TOLO News
July 21, 2020
National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, during a visit to eastern provinces, called on the Taliban to stop "killing their own people and destroying their homeland for the benefit of foreigners" and to instead "fight against the enemies of Afghanistan alongside the ANDSF...
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Afghans Still Divided Over 1973 Coup That Ended Monarchy And Unleashed Turmoil
Gandhara
July 16, 2020
Nearly half a century ago, a bloodless palace coup in Afghanistan ended more than two centuries of Durrani monarchy in Afghanistan. But the power grab of the July 17, 1973, coup that saw Sardar Muhammad Daud Khan appoint himself president and declared Afghanistan a republic by deposing his cousin, King Zahir Shah, was the trigger for subsequent turmoil that still engulfs the mountainous country of 35 million.
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Pakistan to allow Afghan exports to India through Wagah border
The Hindu
July 13, 2020
Pakistan will allow Afghanistan to send goods to India using the Wagah border from July 15. The decision, which is part of Islamabad’s commitment under Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement, is expected to boost Afghanistan’s exports to India.
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UNAMA’s New Report on Anti-corruption: More backsliding from government and growing frustration from donors
AAN
June 18, 2020
When the Ghani administration said it put anti-corruption efforts at the heart of its reform agenda, it had the strong backing of its international donors. In its fourth yearly report on anti-corruption in Afghanistan, (1) UNAMA underscores a growing tension between donors and the government over stalling anti-corruption reforms, with disagreement over interpretations of benchmarks that seem semantic but reflect the defensiveness of the government.
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ADB finances construction of gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan
POWER-Technology
June 18, 2020
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement to provide a loan to the Afghan Power Plant Company (APPC) for the Mazar gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan. ADB’s financing package of $10m aims to support Afghanistan’s efforts to achieve energy security through its own power sources.
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Afghanistan hires lockdown jobless to boost Kabul's water and trees
Reuters
June 15, 2020
Now, instead of ferrying commuters around Kabul, Mohammad, 49, brings a flask of green tea to a site outside the capital and spends his days helping dig a series of 2-metre-long (6.5-foot) trenches aimed at saving the city from a water crisis
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Will the United States Really Go to Zero Troops in Afghanistan?
LAWFARE
June 15, 2020
The agreement itself suggests that it will not. To understand why requires examining the agreement in a bit more detail. The text of the document contains three main parts. In the first part, the United States agreed to a number of terms. Chief among these is to draw down its military forces to....
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Uzbekistan urges Central Asian countries to join efforts for Afghanistan's stability
The Korea Times
June 15, 2020
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has indicated creating a "zone of stability, steady development and good neighborliness" in Central Asia as priority in his foreign policy.
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Both Medicine and Poison: The Paradox of Support to Afghanistan
Tolo
June 12, 2020
Why, after almost two decades of massive international aid, are greater numbers of Afghans living in poverty than in the aftermath of the Taliban's fall? Why has the vision of Afghanistan laid out in the 2001 Bonn Agreement and 2004 Constitution of a multi-ethnic, fully representative, democratic government failed in practice?
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Germany Commits over AFN 5 Billion to Help Mitigate Social & Economic Aspects of COVID-19
MENAFN
June 12, 2020
The funds are for immediate and direct response to challenges of the Afghan public sector and the private economy to help mitigate the social and economic consequences of COVID-19. These funds are provided as a part of up to AFN 20.7 billion (EUR 250 million) that Germany intends to make available in 2020 for further bilateral cooperation.
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Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul
The Guardian
June 10, 2020
Freshta had spent months building up a franchise business to help to feed her family – and break a few taboos on women at the same time – when coronavirus hit Afghanistan.
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Afghan Farmers Appeal to US Over Barred Exports to Pakistan
Tolo
June 9, 2020
A group of Afghan business leaders at a virtual meeting with US embassy officials in Kabul on Monday called for the opening of Pakistan’s routes to Afghanistan’s exports, especially fresh fruit, as they claim that thousands of tons of the products have been left in storage over the last few months.
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Sweden Honors the Modern Face of Afghanistan
The Medialine
June 8, 2020
Our family was settled in Akora Khattak refugee camp, about 190 miles southwest of the federal capital Islamabad. We lived there for more than six years. After the US invasion of Afghanistan [that began in 2001], our family returned to Kabul,”
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What role is India playing inside Afghanistan
Global Village Space
June 8, 2020
India’s hand could have flared up fighting instead of dousing it. Undeterred by USA’s cold shoulder, India is still trying to carve out a niche in Afghan solution. Even when fighting was going on, India meddled in the Afghan jihad, insurgency, or by whatever name you call it.
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Pakistan, US hold talks on restarting intra-Afghan peace talks
Al Jazeera
June 8, 2020
The United States Afghan peace envoy and Pakistan's army chief have held talks to discuss the commencement of a peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban, according to a statement, as violence has recommenced after a brief ceasefire was announced two weeks ago.
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Afghanistan admits that COVID-19 figures are much higher than official ones
Explica
June 7, 2020
Afghan authorities admitted on Saturday that the actual number of cases and deaths from coronavirus is “much higher” than official figures.
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