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Afghan parliament candidate killed in explosion

KABUL (Web Desk) A former envoy for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and a nominee in the upcoming parliamentary polls, was killed in an explosion in his campaign office on Wednesday, becoming the 10th candidate to lose his life in a series of attacks targeting the election process on Saturday.A spokesman …

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Three million Afghans in urgent need of food: UN

KABUL (Web Desk) At least three million Afghans are in “urgent” need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated …

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Taliban attacks kill, injure dozens of Afghan forces

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants in Afghanistan have killed and wounded dozens of Afghan police forces, including a provincial police chief, in heavy fighting in the northern and central parts of the country, just ahead of parliamentary polls that the militants have vowed to disrupt.Clashes took place in the Darah …

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Afghan Taliban say will continue talks with US peace envoy

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban leaders will continue to have discussions with the newly appointed US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, the group said on Saturday, a move that could accelerate diplomatic engagement between the warring sides.Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplomat, met Taliban leaders in Qatar on Friday in …

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week.The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to …

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‘US hinders Afghan autonomy by talking to Taliban’

KABUL: (Web Desk) A political commentator says the United States’ talks with the Afghan Taliban militant group excluding the government in Kabul is an act of obstructing the exercise of Afghan autonomy. Jason Unruhe, a political commentator and analyst, told to media on Sunday that by talking directly to the Taliban, …

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US has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan: survey

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) More Americans are now saying that despite 17 years of war, the United States has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan, says a survey released on Saturday. The Pew Research Centre, Washington, which conducted the survey from Sept 18-24, found that about half of American adults …

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Drought, security concerns slow down Afghan economy: IMF

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The International Monetary Fund projected on Saturday that Afghanistan’s GDP growth will be 2.3 per cent this year, below the 2017 growth rate of 2.5pc and 2.4pc in 2016. It is still considerably better than the 1.3pc recorded in 2015. The IMF blamed a recent “drought and …

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