AFGHANISTAN
22 January 2017

 

 

Two explosions went off in capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least three dozen people and injuring many more.

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Afghan officials are reportedly seeking to create a "safe zone" for Taliban insurgents in a bid to disassociate them from sanctuaries inside Pakistan.

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A suicide bomb blast went off in Lashkargah, the capital city of southern Helmand province, on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, police said.

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Iran's Supreme Court has approved death penalty for its national who was convicted in rape and murder of Setayesh Quraishi, a six-year-old Afghan refugee girl, local media reported.

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The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is on the rise in Afghanistan with 9.3 million – nearly third of the population - in need in 2017, the United Nations said in a report.

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A Snow Leopard which was found in an injured condition in Parchaman district of western Farah province nearly two weeks ago returned to the wildlife on Monday after receiving the treatment.

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President Ashraf Ghani has handed over 14 apartment key to the relatives of fallen Afghan soldiers who lost their lives, as part of his commitments to prioritize the housing scheme for "martyred" security forces' families.

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The United States stepped up airstrikes in Afghanistan by around 40 percent in 2016, according to U.S. military data.

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A Chinese company signed a contract with the Afghan government on Sunday to build 178 kilometers of road linking Samangan with its neighbouring Bamyan province.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has deployed 200 soldiers in Afghanistan's western Farah province, where insurgents in recent months stepped up their efforts to seize the provincial capital city.

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