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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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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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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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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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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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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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