Murderer publicly executed by his victim’s father, Taliban say

A man convicted of murder was shot by his victim’s father in the Taliban’s first public execution since their return to power in Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesperson said the man was killed at a crowded sports stadium in south-western Farah…

Pertussis affects 300, kills 2 children in Afghanistan

Abdul Hakim Hakimi, the provincial public health director in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province said a total of 300 people mostly children have been affected by pertussis or whooping cough. Hakimi said two children have died of the disease. “The disease…

Afghan products welcomed into Chinese market, bringing new hope to poor Afghans

Eying China’s vast market, Afghan craftsman Bustan Barati has decided to increase the capacity of his small carpet-weaving workshop in a slum on the outskirts of his country’s capital of Kabul. Barati’s workshop started exporting carpets to China in 2013.…

Afghan forces kill 5 IS militants in northern Kunduz province

Security forces stormed a suspected hideout of Daesh or Islamic State (IS) outfit in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, killing five insurgents on Tuesday, provincial police spokesman Abidullah Abidi said. “Acting on tip of the security forces stormed a hideout of…

Bill Gates ready to meet with Taliban to help Afghanistan eradicate polio

US billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Monday said he was ready to have a meeting with the Taliban if it would help eradicate poliomyelitis in Afghanistan. “Honestly, I don’t know if there’s some sensitivity around that. I would…

Taliban say suicide bombing in Shiite area of Kabul kills 19, wounds 27

A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief said. The explosion inside the center in the Dashti…

Taliban release American engineer in prisoner swap

Afghanistan’s Taliban freed on Monday American engineer Mark Frerichs in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader linked to the Taliban who the United States had held on drugs charges since 2005, the group’s acting foreign minister said. Frerichs was exchanged…

Afghanistan: Russian embassy staff killed in Kabul bombing

At least two people have been killed and others injured in a bombing near the entrance to Russia’s embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say. The dead are Russian embassy staff, the foreign ministry in Moscow said, adding there…

Afghanistan: Deadly blast hits Herat mosque

At least one cleric and several civilians have been reported killed in the city of Herat, despite Taliban claims they have improved security. An explosion rocked the Guzargah mosque in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan, police said on…

Top Pakistan Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan roadside attack

A late night roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan has struck a vehicle carrying members of the Pakistan Taliban, killing a senior leader and three other members of the group, several Pakistani officials and the group said. Abdul Wali, also known…

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