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Afghanistan Among Top 5 Corrupt Countries: TI

Afghanistan Among Top 5 Corrupt Countries, TI

KABUL – According to Transparency International (TI), Afghanistan has remained among the top 10 corrupt countries in the world in 2019. Afghanistan was scored 15 out of 100 in 2017, 16 in 2018 and remained in the same place in 2019, according to Transparency International report released on Thursday. Afghanistan …

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20K Displaced Families in Balkh Need Help

20K Displaced Families in Balkh Need Help

MAZAR-E-SHARIF – Figures from the provincial office of refugees and repatriation reveal that more than 20,000 families, displaced primarily by armed conflict, have gathered in the northern province of Balkh over the past two years, and few of them have been helped. The displaced families left their homes in Balkh’s …

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US-Taliban Talks Will Lead to Drop in Attacks: Trump

US-Taliban Talks Will Lead to Drop in Attacks, Trump

DAVOS – In the sideline of a meeting in Davos, US President Donald Trump reiterated to his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday that he wants to see a significant drop in violence by the Taliban fighters before the peace negotiations reach to a final agreement. The White House said, …

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Ghani Criticizes Abdullah and Karzai in Davos

Ghani Criticizes Abdullah and Karzai in Davos

DAVOS – President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke at a side event of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday criticizing Abdullah and Karzai, saying none of them have written plans for the Afghanistan future and peace process. Ghani used ‘your hands do not reach to take the grapes …

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US Airstrike Killed 15 Civilians in Afghanistan: AIHRC

US Airstrike Killed 15 Civilians in Afghanistan: AIHRC

KABUL – A US airstrike in western Afghanistan earlier this month killed 15 civilians, including three women and three children, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a report released Tuesday. The incident was “a clear violation of human rights,” the commission said in a statement. “The commission has …

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Afghanistan Saw Economic Growth in 2019 Despite Uncertainties: WB

Afghanistan Saw Economic Growth in 2019 Despite Uncertainties, WB

KABUL – Afghanistan’s economy grew by an estimated 2.9 percent in 2019, driven mainly by strong agricultural growth following recovery from drought, but lingering political uncertainty dampens private confidence and investment, says the World Bank. The latest edition of the twice-a-year Afghanistan Development Update – Navigating a Sea of Uncertainty …

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Taliban Favor ‘Safe Atmosphere’ for Peace Deal: Shaheen

US-Taliban Talks Advance, Afghan Govt Insists on Ceasefire

KABUL – Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told Arab News in a phone conversation on Tuesday that Taliban representatives are holding talks with US negotiators in Qatar to create a “safe atmosphere” for the signing of a peace agreement. “There had been no discussion on cease-fire since the beginning, but the …

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