AFGHANISTAN
21 January 2017

 

 

The latest group of Afghan pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, arrived in the country, officials said on Saturday, as Muslims around the world gather on the holy city for annual pilgrimage.

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A bomb exploded in northern Kunduz province on Saturday morning, wounding three people.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved death penalty given in the last court to five convicts in a gang-rape case that shook the nation, according to his spokesman.

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The bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the U.S. will be signed this Tuesday, an Afghan official said on Saturday.

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Two women were killed and a child injured when a NATO airstrike hit their house overnight in eastern Nangarhar province, and officials Saturday said the two killed were the wives of militants who escaped.

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Officials in Ghazni Saturday said four Taliban militants were hanged to death overnight by angry residents in a battle which has killed dozens including civilians so far.

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After the Independent Election Commission was criticized for having failed to deliver election outcome in its ideal manner, incoming president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai receiving his credential letter from the commission on Friday said he would bring reform in election system.

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Afghan vote contender Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday congratulated Ashraf Ghani as the new president of Afghanistan, quelling unrest and vowing to cooperate in the national unity government.

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Two bomb blasts almost at the same time hit Afghanistan’snorth and south on Thursday morning, killing one civilian and injuring 16 others.

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As many as hundreds of prisoners in eastern Nangarhar province have conducted a hunger strike, demanding release as offered in decrees by president Karzai as he steps down.

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