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Afghan presidential elections campaign kicks off

KABUL: Afghanistan is getting ready to hold the fourth presidential elections since the ouster of the Taliban back in 2001. Afghan presidential election campaign kicked off on Sunday, July 28. Eighteen candidates including President Ashraf Ghani as well as the country’s chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah have started their campaigns …

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Pakistan’s Kabul embassy restricts issuance of visa

KABUL: Pakistan embassy in Kabul has announced to restrict issuance of visa to certain segments of Afghan population due to a criminal gang operating outside the Consular area. A spokesman of Kabul embassy has announced to issue visa for Pakistan only to elderly persons, medical patients, women and businessmen. The …

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At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ

KABUL: At least 11 people were killed and scores more wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials and the insurgents said. The assault comes amid a series of peace talks between Washington and the Taliban that both sides say are making …

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Blast near Afghan university kills six, injures 27, official says

KABUL: An explosion on Friday near a gate to the campus of Kabul University in the Afghan capital killed six people and injured at least 27 as students waited to take an examination, officials said. Afghan security forces are facing almost daily attacks by Taliban militants, despite reported progress in …

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Teen bomber kills at least five at eastern Afghanistan wedding

KABUL: A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government …

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Many casualties as blast hits Kabul’s diplomatic district

KABUL: A powerful explosion in Kabul’s diplomatic district during the morning rush hour has shaken the Afghan capital, leaving multiple casualties. Tens of injured were taken to hospital and ambulances were still transferring more, authorities said on Monday. Kabul’s chief police spokesman, Firdous Faramaz, said there was a loud explosion, …

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Taliban kill 26 government militiamen as talks enter crucial stage

KABUL: Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in north Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as the Islamists and U.S. negotiators were set to begin a seventh round of peace talks in Qatar. One U.S. official said the meeting was a “make-or-break moment” in efforts to …

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