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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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Intra-Afghan Negotiations to be Held in Doha
Tolo
June 7, 2020
Sources close to the Taliban said that based on initial agreements between the engaged sides, the intra-Afghan negotiations will be held in Doha, a development that critics say will move the peace process forward if the talks happened.
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Afghanistan Needs Post-Peace Economic Transition Plan
Tolo
June 7, 2020
Kabul is trying to realize the idea of connectivity through trade and diplomatic initiatives using the geo-strategic location of the country as a main strength. Recently, President Ghani asked the High Economic Council to focus on active economic and trade diplomacy, which could lead the country towards self-reliance--one of President Ashraf Ghani’s top agendas for the country.
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AP News
June 7, 2020
fghanistan’s national cricket team began a month-long training camp Sunday, even as the coronavirus was spreading widely across the country and an international aid organization warned it was on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.
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Afghan Culture is Lever for Economic, Human Development
Tolo
June 4, 2020
With the rapid outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) since the last quarter of 2019, the IMF forecasts a 6.1% fall in advanced economies’ GDP in 2020 while world trade is expected to contract by 11%. The economic downturn is alarming globally, but for fragile states the burden is even higher.
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No Peace Without Unity
Afghanistan Now
June 3, 2020
For Afghans, at stake in the negotiations is the new way of life, the norms and values of the post-Taliban Afghanistan, freedom of women, the vibrant civil society, the government and its institutions, and even their personal security. With so much at stake, Afghans have no choice but to work together with the government and unite. All their difference must be deferred. Now is the time to unite for peace.
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Turning terror into hope: an Afghan classroom bomb victim's legacy of learning
The Guardian
June 3, 2020
The night before she died, Rahila Rafi felt too tired for homework; uncharacteristic for the studious 17-year-old. When her brother Hamid asked what was wrong, she told him she had a strange feeling in her heart and couldn’t bring herself to look at her books.
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6,500 Pakistanis Among Terrorist Groups in Afghanistan: UN Report
Reporterly
June 2, 2020
There are around 6,500 Pakistani nationals who are part of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and pose a serious security threat said a report from the UN Security Council’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team.
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UN report: Afghan Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaida
The Seattle Times
June 2, 2020
The Taliban in Afghanistan still maintain close ties with the al-Qaida terror network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a U.N. report released on Tuesday said.
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What Compromises Can Afghans Afford for Peace?
June 2, 2020
While Afghans are hoping and praying for a lasting peace, one major question remains: What are the compromises we can afford to live with in this peace process? It’s the question that the Afghanistan negotiation team should be prepared to answer prior to sitting across the table with the Taliban.
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COVID-19 Infections Rise 684% in Afghanistan
VOA
June 1, 2020
“The country's extremely low testing capacity means many more are going untested and undetected,”
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We Are Anarchists & to Anarchism We Return
Khaama Press
June 1, 2020
In the contemporary political and governmental regime, and in the twists and turns of the Afghan social fabric after the decade of mutiny and lawlessness and post-2001 events, Afghans have misused every positive development, which has become a routine now.
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COVID-19 Crisis Affects Nearly 7M Afghan Children, Says Watchdog
Tolo
June 1, 2020
A children’s rights organization says that the coronavirus crisis has left more than seven million children in the country prone to poverty, barring them from their basic rights in a country where half the population is under 15 years of age.
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In This Crucial Time, History Must Not Repeat for Afghan Women
MS.
May 31, 2020
When I left school that day in 1995, I had no way of knowing I wouldn’t be allowed back for six years. Those six years—which could have been spent as my best learning and improving years—turned into the darkest and the scariest years of my life.
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Iranian railroads to be connected to Afghanistan
Trend NA
May 31, 2020
Iranian railroads to be connected to Afghanistan Trend News Agency is a leading news provider from the Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asian regions. Latest news from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan , Uzbekistan, Iran and Turkey.
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Afghanistan transit trade begins through Pakistan's Gwadar port
WION
May 30, 2020
Afghan transit trade through Pakistan's Gwadar port became operational on Friday. This is the first sea trade between the two countries. The first cargo ship berthed at the port on Friday. Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood announced the development on social media.
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EU Reaffirms Commitment to Afghanistan, with Conditions
Tolo
May 30, 2020
The Council of the European Union in a new statement reaffirmed its political commitment to Afghanistan for peace, security and self-reliance but stated that its continued political and financial support to Afghanistan is contingent on an Islamic emirate not being formed
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Redefining and Redesigning Afghanistan’s Banking and Financial Sectors
Khaama Press
May 30, 2020
A bank is a financial institution that collects financial resources from depositors, safeguards them and loans them back to consumers and business owners, brokers, investors, and even sovereign actors at an interest. In essence, a bank is a bridge between
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Afghanistan 'looking Forward' To Historic Occasion As Australia Confirm One-off Test
Republic World
May 30, 2020
Underdogs Afghanistan breathed a sigh of relief after Australia confirmed the one-off Test against them scheduled to be held in November at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The Asian side, who got the Test status in 2017, are looking forward to
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Afghan says India one of biggest donors in reconstruction efforts
DA POST
May 24, 2020
Rejecting the Afghan Taliban’s statement that India has been playing a negative role in the country for the past 40 years, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gran Hewad, said that Afghanistan’s relations with India are within international frameworks and based on mutual respect.
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The Effect of Coronavirus on the Afghan Economy
The National Interest
May 23, 2020
After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and then spreading to many parts of the country and more than one hundred locations around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a pandemic.
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Meet the Afghan female ambassador forging global unity on Covid-19
The National
May 21, 2020
Less than a year after arriving in New York as the representative of the central Asian country, she has been appointed by the president of the General Assembly as one of two ambassadors spearheading the efforts to speak with a single voice on Covid-19.
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Preserving Afghan Heritage Sites Promotes Cultural Diversity
Tolo
May 21, 2020
May 21st marks the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the purpose of which is deepen our understanding of the value of cultural diversity. In a world in which three-quarters of major conflicts have cultural dimensions, the day--and what it represents--is crucial to promote peace, stability and development through the bridging of cultures.
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EU and UNDP Offer Scholarships to Afghan Women to Study in Kazakhstan
Reporterly
May 19, 2020
he European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) opened the 2020 scholarship application for Afghan women to study at the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) – one of Kazakhstan’s top universities.
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U.S. Intelligence: Iran Is Not a Threat To U.S.-Led Peace Process In Afghanistan
The National Interest
May 19, 2020
Iran is not looking to destabilize Afghanistan, U.S. military intelligence recently said, contradicting earlier statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Ghani and Abdullah Sign Agreement to Break Political Deadlock
Tolo
May 17, 2020
President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal after months of political discord that critics say could have pushed the country towards a new crisis if not resolved.
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One-sided peace agreements do not bring about peace
The Hill
May 17, 2020
The fact that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered his forces to take the offensive once again against the Taliban and its terrorist partners is perfectly understandable. It is not merely the result of twin terrorist outrages on May 11
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We Shouldn’t Have To Ask That Babies And Mothers Not Be Killed. Yet We Must
WAMU
May 16, 2020
At least 16 people were killed. Afghans watched in terror as security forces began evacuating people from the ward and soldiers rushed out of the hospital, carrying infants wrapped in bloodstained blankets to waiting ambulances.
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Desperation for Afghanistan peace deal creates dangerous precedent
Washington Examiner
May 16, 2020
In Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes, I explored a half-century’s history of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups. Whether a Republican or a Democrat sat in the Oval Office, and whether the regime was
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Pak-Afghan border opens for round the clock trade; businessmen hail decision
Pakistan Today (PROFIT)
May 16, 2020
The government has announced the opening of Pak-Afghan border at Torkham and Chaman posts round the clock for six days per week, according to a notification issued by Ministry of Interior late Friday.
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Afghanistan Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets 2020 - Includes an Assessment of the Global Impact of COVID-19 on the Telecoms Sector
Business Wire
May 15, 2020
Afghanistan continues to be confronted by challenges. After many years of war and civil strife, an encouraging aspect of the country's efforts to rebuild has been the considerable success evident in the creating of a functional telecommunications sector virtually from nothing. The telecommunications
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Why Empowering Warlordism Is A National Security Threat To Afghanistan’s Lasting Peace – OpEd
Eurasia Review
May 13, 2020
Warlordism permeates many weak and vulnerable states. The shortsighted and frequently vicious roles of warlords deprive countries of the chance for enduring stability, economic growth, justice, and equality. This isn’t a new phenomenon
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Exports to Afghanistan Resume Despite Coronavirus
Financial Tribune
May 12, 2020
A total of 80,072 tons of goods were exported from Milak border terminal in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province to the neighboring Afghanistan during the first month of the....
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Afghans in Iran need support, not repression
THENATIONAL.AE
May 5, 2020
In western Afghanistan, every week many such workers put their lives on the line to cross the country’s border with Iran to find low-wage work in Iranian cities. They do so at grave risk to themselves, not only from possible infection, as the virus has spread rapidly throughout Iran, but also from arrest and assault by Iranian border officials.
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Scholarship for 5 Women in Afghanistan to attend University
LAUNCHGOOD.COM
May 5, 2020
The Scholarships will be given to 5 talented women from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to pursue higher education and, ultimately, to contribute to shaping a progressive Afghan society.
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NATO Appoints New Representative for Afghanistan
TOLONEWS.COM
May 4, 2020
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced the appointment of Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo as NATO’s next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.
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US Defense Secretary: Afghanistan Peace Process 'Behind Schedule'
VOANEWS.COM
May 4, 2020
"It's behind schedule," Esper said at a Brookings Institute event on Monday. "We continue to talk to both sides about what they need to do to fully implement the agreement."
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Taliban conduct deadly bombing in Afghanistan as Pentagon defends keeping violence data secret
WASHINGT0NEXAMINER.COM
May 4, 2020
A Washington Post report cited figures from Afghanistan’s National Security Council showing that the Taliban have carried out an average of 55 attacks a day since March 1 — which has doubled the number of casualties among Afghan security forces.
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Combating coronavirus: Over 13,000 Afghan expats repatriated from UAE
KHALEEJTIMES.COM
May 3, 2020
Over 13,000 Afghan expats who were stranded in the UAE because of Covid-related restrictions have been repatriated till date, the Afghan Consul-General Masood Azizi told Khaleej Times.
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Afghanistan Investigating Claims Migrants Were Killed by Iranian Guards
NYTIMES.COM
May 2, 2020
Afghan news media reported that about 50 migrants being illegally smuggled into Iran — a frequent destination for Afghans escaping the war to seek work — were caught by Iranian border guards, beaten and thrown into a river that flows between the two countries.
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China and Afghanistan Join Hands Closer to Fight COVID-19
MENAFN.COM
May 2, 2020
Initially, Chinese officials were touched with the concerns and a handful of material supports of Afghan people to China, as Wuhan first reported the outbreak. Afghans' emotional and material help has been a gesture of heartfelt concerns towards Chinese people.
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Global Fund investments in Afghanistan’s medical labs prove vital in COVID-19 response
RELIEFWEB.INT
May 2, 2020
The CPHL started testing for COVID-19 in February 2020 with kits provided by the CDC and WHO. In response to the evolving COVID-19 environment, testing capacity was decentralized to Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar regional reference labs in March and April 2020.
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Coronavirus is just another threat to life on the streets of Afghanistan
THETIMES.CO.UK
May 2, 2020
The corpse of a young man lay untouched in the darkened stairwell of a Kabul mosque. Fearful locals were afraid that the body — one of three dead men found in public places in the city that day — was another unclaimed Covid-19 victim, and called the Ministry of Public Health demanding that the cadaver be removed.
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Chinese role in Afghan peace
THENEWS.COM.PK
May 2, 2020
While China has been closely following the peace agreement signed by the US and Taliban in Doha on Feb. 29, 2020, it has not reacted with great enthusiasm but is watching the events unfolding closely. China does not want more instability in Afghanistan and fears that the agreement could falter in the coming days.
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36000 Afghan refugee families trapped in lockdown to get Rs 12000 each from UNHCR, says Shehryar Afridi
BRECORDER.COM
May 2, 2020
On the occasion, Afridi said the ‘good news' about peace process were coming from Afghanistan as Pakistan was facilitating peace talks to help bring peace in war torn-Afghanistan.
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Afghan Govt Assures Transparency in Allocating COVID-19 Funds
TOLONEWS.COM
May 2, 2020
The Ministry of Finance on Friday reassured the international community of accountability and transparency in the spending of the foreign assistance aid given to the country to fight the coronavirus, saying the government has established a committee under the leadership of the first vice president to ensure better management of the funds.
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Afghans get $540m to bolster pandemic fight
ARABNEWS.COM
May 1, 2020
Ministry of Finance spokesman Shamrooz Khan Masjidi told Arab News on Thursday that the EU has offered $119 million, the World Bank $100 million and the Asian Development Bank $40 million, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved an interest-free loan of $220 million to bolster Afghanistan’s pandemic response.
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Watchdog group says US not releasing data on Taliban attacks
RIVERBENDER.COM
May 1, 2020
Washington’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Afghanistan, expressed its concern in its quarterly report, which also discusses the reduction in ground operations of Afghan forces.
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Signs of bitter political feud in Afghanistan near end
AA.COM.TR
May 1, 2020
The rift between Ghani and Abdullah over presidential polls held in September last year -- which delivered a second term to the incumbent president, has cost the country $1 billion in U.S. aid following a trip to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month.
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Afghanistan: Civilian casualties down, but hundreds still killed, despite US-Taliban deal
MODERNDIPLOMACY.EU
April 30, 2020
Despite that dramatic drop, 533 Afghan civilians – including more than 150 children – were killed due to fighting, highlighting the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians from harm.
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China reacts as coronavirus cases show a steep rise in Afghanistan
KHAAMA.COM
April 29, 2020
“The epidemic is still spreading in Afghanistan. There are new confirmed cases every day. The Chinese embassy in Kabul has been in close contact with the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan to keep up with the situation,” the Chinese Ambassador in Afghanistan Wang Yu said.
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Sonita Alizadeh’s Advocacy Through Rap
BORGENMAGAZINE.COM
April 29, 2020
SEATTLE, Washington — Born in Afghanistan in the midst of a civil war, Sonita Alizadeh’s advocacy for women’s liberation stems from her own experience. As far back as the early 1900s, progressive leaders have attempted to improve women’s status, raise the marriage age and abolish the price for brides, which was the heaviest household expense for rural communities.
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IMF Executive Board Approves a US$220 Million Disbursement to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
IMF.ORG
April 29, 2020
The pandemic is inflicting heavy damage on Afghanistan’s economy, which is expected to contract sharply in 2020, imperiling the livelihood of a significant segment of the population.
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Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms
NBCNEWS.COM
April 27, 2020
Trump complains almost daily that U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan and are now vulnerable to the pandemic, the officials said. His renewed push to withdraw all of them has been spurred by the convergence of his concern that coronavirus poses a force protection issue for thousands of U.S.
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US backs NATO call for Afghan cease-fire over pandemic
April 26, 2020
“They [NATO] reiterated the need for a humanitarian ceasefire to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks, urged the Taliban to reduce violence, called on the Afghan govt to end the political crisis, and said all sides should move more quickly on prisoner releases,” he said in a series of tweets.
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Khalilzad welcomes NATO’s call for Afghan peace
THERAHNUMA.COM
April 25, 2020
“The US-Taliban agreement provides a historic opportunity for Afghanistan,” Ambassador Khalilzad said, “and our allies, indeed the international community, call on Afghan leaders to put their country and their people first”.
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Teenage Engineers in Afghanistan Use Car Parts to Build Ventilators
LEARNINGENGLISH.VOANEWS.COM
April 24, 2020
There are a limited number of special permits to avoid the police stops, but Farooqi’s father has not been able to get one. The girls say they have to work fast so they are willing to take risks to travel outside the city. “We are concerned about security driving out of the city,” Farooqi said.
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OIC calls for permanent cease-fire in Afghanistan
AA.COM.TR
April 24, 2020
In a statement, the OIC appealed to all leaders and parties in Afghanistan to work together to ensure peace and stability in the country through dialogue amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Kabul New City: Afghanistan’s Forgotten Development Dream
THEDIPLOMAT.COM
April 21, 2020
Envisioned as “the city of the century” and “one of the most standard cities in the region,” this enormous development project was intended to attract mass domestic and foreign investments and contribute to the economic and social development of Afghanistan.
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Afghan prisoner exchanges, U.S. peace plan threatened by coronavirus
REUTERS.COM
April 21, 2020
Keeping the U.S. peace plan on track has acquired particular urgency as the spring fighting season nears, two sources said, given the danger that accelerating violence could make it harder to contain the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
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#India and #Afghanistan will combat #COVID19 together, with solidarity & shared resolve says PM Narendra Modi
ORISSADIARY.COM
April 20, 2020
PM Modi was responding to a tweet from Afghanistan President Dr. Ashraf Ghani, who expressed his gratitude towards India for providing essential medicines hydroxychloroquine, paracetamol and other items to Afghanistan.
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Pandemic a major test of Afghanistan’s crisis management
ARABNEWS.COM
April 20, 2020
COVID-19 initially spread to Afghanistan from neighboring Iran, which is the regional epicenter of the pandemic. Tens of thousands of Afghans have entered the country from Iran during the past two months, mostly via land routes, transmitting the infection largely in Herat, Kandahar and Kabul, with a limited number of cases in almost every province of the country.
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COVID-19 Community Meal and Support Service
CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK
April 19, 2020
Right now both the future of the Afghanistan & Central Asian Association, and the health of our most vulnerable community members is in jeopardy. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the elderly, isolated and people with compromised immune systems are worried about going to the shops to buy food.
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Coronavirus in Afghanistan: An Opportunity to Build Trust with the Taliban?
SMALLWARSJOURNAL.COM
April 19, 2020
Meanwhile, progress in the peace process has slowed since the U.S. and Taliban signed a deal in late February. And now the coronavirus is spreading through Afghanistan, a country ill prepared for such an immense public health challenge.
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The COVID19 reality of Afghanistan
ORFONLINE.ORG
April 19, 2020
Over the last few decades, Afghanistan has been struggling with issues such as poverty, a civil war, a weak establishment and political turmoil, but today it faces something much bigger – COVID19.
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NATO delivers supplies to Afghan police in Panjshir, Parwan to fight coronavirus outbreak
KHAAMA.COM
April 19, 2020
“Afghan National Police in #Panjshir and #Parwan Provinces received supplies to battle the COVID19 epidemic and stop the spread with assistance from NATO’s Resolute Support mission, April 9,” the Resolute Support mission said in a statement.
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Photographing poverty's pandemic: 'Afghans have learned to live with fear'
THEGUARDIAN.COM
April 18, 2020
I usually navigate Kabul by motor scooter, a quick mode of transport on the otherwise busy roads – and now, in the time of coronavirus, a measure to keep the kind of distance that wouldn’t be guaranteed in a taxi.
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India delivers 600,000 tablets to Afghanistan in a bid to help cure COVID19 patients
KHAAMA.COM
April 18, 2020
Afghanistan on Friday recorded 66 new positive cases of the disease, raising the total number of positive cases to 906.
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Japanese envoy presents contribution to Afridi for helping Afghan refugees
BRECORDER.COM
April 17, 2020
Government of Japan on Thursday in response to the call made by Minister for SAFRON & Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi for helping out the Afghan refugees, has contributed one million US dollars to Pakistan.
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What Is Missing From Afghan Peace Talks
NYTIMES.COM
April 14, 2020
The most salient question begging for attention during the talks — expected to start soon — is understanding and resolving the key structural obstacles to the establishment of a lasting peace and just political order in postwar Afghanistan.
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Demand for business consulting growing in Afghanistan
CONSULTANCY.ASIA
April 13, 2020
The increasing transformation being seen across several sectors in Afghanistan has created demand for a higher standard of professional business services, says Ajmal Hakimyar, the founder of local advisory Afghan Pal Consulting. According to Hakimyar, there has been significant growth in the volume of clients needing access to highly specialized industry-specific expertise and knowledge.
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Review – Iran, Russia Discuss Crises in Afghanistan, Yemen
NEWSLAGOON.COM
April 13, 2020
In a phone conversation on Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran and his Russian opposite number Sergei Lavrov discussed the latest developments pertaining to the political crisis in Afghanistan as well as the peace trend in the country.
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Safeguarding Afghanistan’s Vulnerable Millions From Coronavirus Threat
Radio Freedum
April 10, 2020
COVID-19 has presented the world with a new and devastating threat. The global death toll has passed 95,000, and the number of those infected with the novel coronavirus has risen above 1.6 million. Healthcare systems ....
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Afghan women play "crucial" role in Taliban talks, says negotiator
SIGHTMAGAZINE.COM.AU
April 3, 2020
"Women's role at this critical time in our history is very crucial and pivotal," said Koofi, 45, a single mother of two daughters and the first woman to set up a political party in Afghanistan.
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World Bank Approves $100M in Aid for Afghanistan
TOLONEWS.COM
April 3, 2020
The fund is part of the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project of the World Bank to help Afghanistan take effective action to respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen its public health preparedness, the statement said.
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Help the poor families during the Coronavirus crisis, Afghanistan
KHAAMA.COM
April 3, 2020
Till now more than 1000000 one million people are affected by the novel coronavirus around the world and out of this more than 53000 people have died, more than 210000 people have been fully recovered and the numbers are increasing every minute.
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China hands over medical supplies to Afghanistan to fight COVID-19
XINHUANET.COM
April 2, 2020
"At the most difficult moment in China's fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, Afghanistan jointed the international community to extend its hand to China. Such expressions of friendship will always be remembered by the Chinese government and people," said Wang.
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Uzbekistan sends aid to Afghanistan to help fight COVID-19
XINHUANET.COM
April 2, 2020
The supplies include medical masks, protective overalls, flour, cooking oil, rice, laundry soap and clothes for children, and will be transported to Afghanistan by rail, said the UzA.
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'Afghanistan starts gas extraction after 4 decades'
AA.COM.TR
April 2, 2020
“The government can earn up to $8.5 million per year from the extraction and distribution of this gas found in Jawzjan,” he said.
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Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas
APNEWS.COM
April 1, 2020
The announcement follows a U.N. Security Council statement Tuesday urging Afghanistan’s warring parties to heed the U.N. secretary-general’s call for an immediate cease-fire to respond to the pandemic and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country.
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Afghanistan and Taliban begin direct talks with aim of prisoner swap
BBC.COM
April 1, 2020
The prisoner swap had been due to take place in early March, as part of a US-Taliban deal signed on 29 February, but there have been a series of setbacks. Until Wednesday, the two sides had only met by video conference.
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China’s Deepening Diplomatic and Economic Engagement in Afghanistan
JAMESTOWN.ORG
April 1, 2020
On February 18, PRC Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) commented on the U.S.-Taliban negotiations by stating that “China firmly supports the broad and inclusive peace and reconciliation process [and] welcomes the news that the U.S. and the Taliban are expected to reach and sign a deal… China stands ready to step up cooperation with all parties to the Afghan issue and the international community for peace, stability and development in Afghanistan”
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India welcomes 21-member team by Afghan government for talks with Taliban
LIVEMINT.COM
April 1, 2020
“India has consistently supported an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled process for enduring peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. In this context, we view the formation of the team as a positive step which would lead to a peaceful and stable future for Afghanistan free from the scourge of externally sponsored terrorism," the statement said.
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United Nations urges cease-fire in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 concerns
MILITARYTIMES.COM
April 1, 2020
The council issued a statement Tuesday after a closed briefing by U.N. deputy special representative Ingrid Hayden who said the country “appears to be reaching a defining moment” — whether its feuding leaders can join together “to engage in meaningful talks with the Taliban to achieve a sustainable peace.”
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Afghanistan Flash Update: Daily Brief: COVID-19, No. 24 (1 April 2020)
RELIEFWEB.INT
April 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. WHO is calling on countries to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services. WHO has stressed that to defeat the virus, countries need aggressive and targeted tactics.
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OIC Urges All Afghan Parties To Effect A Lasting Ceasefire And Contribute To Fighting Coronavirus
URDOPOINT.COM
March 31, 2020
The SecretaryGeneral of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, appealed again to all leaders and parties in Afghanistan to work together for an urgent and lasting ceasefire and an endto violence
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COVID-19 Presents Additional Obstacle to Afghan Peace Process
NEWS.USNI.ORG
March 31, 2020
The Taliban has shown no interest in cooperating with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to combat the COVID-19 pandemic spreading from Iran, creating the latest obstacle to peace, four regional experts said Monday.
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Waiving Rent and Making Masks, Afghans Meet Coronavirus With Kindness
NYTIMES.COM
March 31, 2020
The virus is spreading across Afghanistan at a time when the country is grappling with a raging war with the Taliban, an election dispute that has split the government and brought a $1 billion aid reduction from the United States as punishment, and a dire economy that has plunged about half the population below the poverty line.
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