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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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Fuel Prices Increase by 25% in Afghanistan

Fuel Prices Increase by 25% in Afghanistan

KABUL – Over the last couple of weeks, fuel prices have increased by 20% to 25% higher this year, said Kabul residents on Tuesday. Some people demand the central government to address the fuel price issue and come up with a cohesive solution. According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce …

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Widows in Afghanistan Battle for Survival

Widows in Afghanistan Battle for Survival

KABUL – The condition of Afghan women, particularly widows, remain pitiful in Afghanistan where instability and insecurity have been influencing the country for the last four decades, a Reuter report revealed on Tuesday. The report highlighted certain case studies in this regard and strived to elaborate the difficulties that women …

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Afghanistan, the Deadliest Nation for Journalists

Afghanistan, the Deadliest Nation for Journalists

KABUL – Since 2016, Afghanistan remains the deadliest country for journalists and media workers, according to those working in the field. Figures by journalists’ safety organizations show that 56 journalists and media workers have been killed in different incidents since 2016. Four years ago, on January 20, seven employees from …

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Peace is Not One Person’s Monopoly: Abdullah

Peace is Not One Person’s Monopoly, Abdullah

KABUL – Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday that peace is not one person’s monopoly, but is a collective effort. Speaking to the council of ministers, Abdullah said that Afghanistan’s stance is clear in supporting the peace process. “Peace is not one person’s monopoly, one person’s wish – but …

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