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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (next to flag) briefed members of his largely unfilled cabinet in Kabul on April 15.

Lawmakers Approve 16 Afghan Cabinet Picks

Afghan officials have broken months of stalemate over a new government with the April 18 approval by lawmakers of 16 more cabinet nominees, leaving only the defense minister's post to be filled. More

The scene in Jalalabad, in Nangarhar Province, after the suicide attack that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 others on April 18.

Suicide-Bomb Blast Kills Dozens In Jalalabad, In Afghan East

Dozens of people have been reported killed in a suicide attack on a crowded section of Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar. More

HRW: Serbian Police Abusing Refugees

Human Rights Watch has condemned what it says is “harassment and abuse” of asylum seekers and migrants by police in Serbia. More

Iran Says Open To Joint Operations With Afghanistan, Pakistan

Iran says it is ready to conduct joint counterterrorism operations with eastern neighbors Afghanistan and Pakistan. More

Taliban Kills 18 Afghan Soldiers

Afghan authorities say Taliban militants killed at least 18 soldiers and beheaded some of them in attacks in the country's northeast in recent days. More

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Afghan MP Says Taliban 'Very Much At Ease' In Faryab Province

Fathulla Qaysari, a member of the Afghan parliament representing the northern Faryab Province, gave a passionate and brutally frank speech to the defense and security committee at Afghanistan’s parliament on April 14. More

Uzbekistan Would 'Cooperate With Russia' To Combat Domestic Security Threat By IS

Uzbekistan is taking "necessary measures" to counter the threat of the Islamic State (IS) militant group to domestic security, and would cooperate with Russia in the event of any mobilization by IS on Uzbek soil, Tashkent-based political analyst Rafik Saifullin says. More
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Features & Commentary

The Secret Life Of Mullah Omar Revealed

In a surprise move, the Taliban has published a richly detailed biography of its reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, even describing his personal and family life.

Farkhunda's Lynching Hits Nerve In Afghanistan

The lynching of an innocent young woman in front of a Kabul shrine has cast unprecedented attention on women's rights in Afghanistan.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Haunted By The Bamiyan Buddhas

For two farmers forced to take part in the Taliban-orchestrated demolition of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas, the missing statues stand as a monument to their remorse.

Flocking Home Amid Claims Of Intimidation, Harassment

Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan in recent months, but it is far from a storybook ending. Many say they were harassed and intimidated into leaving and say conditions are not right for their return to Afghanistan.

Video Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Cricket Win

Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland.

Mass Abduction Of Hazaras In Afghanistan Raises Fears Of Islamic State

The kidnapping of dozens of Hazaras in southern Afghanistan by unidentified militants has heightened fears about the presence of the Islamic State group.
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