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January 6, 2019 1:17 AM Security Council regrets Somalia's expulsion of UN envoy

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, file photo, Nicholas Haysom, then the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, speaks during a press conference in Kabul. Somalia's government on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 ordered Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations envoy to Somalia, to leave amid questions over the arrest of the al-Shabab extremist group's former deputy leader 138

January 4, 2019 4:48 AM 3 dead as gas station fire in Kabul spreads to building

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says an overnight fire that began at a gas station in the Afghan capital and spread to a nearby apartment complex has killed three people and injured 27 others. Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayer says six women are in critical condition in a hospital. Saifullah, an eyewitness who, like many Afghans uses only one name, says the fire began 94

January 3, 2019 8:04 PM US Army chief of staff makes surprise stop in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. Army's chief of staff made a surprise visit to the Afghanistan's capital, where he met President Ashraf Ghani to discuss prospects for a peaceful end to the country's 17-year war, the United States' longest. In a statement late Thursday, Ghani's office said Gen. Mark A. Milley supported Afghan-led talks with the Taliban 113

December 26, 2018 11:36 AM Iran in talks with Afghan Taliban: Iranian state media report

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul. The news came days after reports last week of talks between U.S. and Taliban officials over proposals for a ceasefire 124

December 17, 2018 6:15 AM Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD – The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan's state-run Bakhtar news agency, also confirmed 132

December 8, 2018 1:01 PM Afghan 'Messi boy' forced to flee home

KABUL (Reuters) - The family of an Afghan boy who gained brief Internet fame after being photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag in the colors of his hero, Argentine soccer idol Lionel Messi, has been forced to flee his home after a Taliban attack. Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines two years ago when his brother made him a shirt 103

November 20, 2018 2:55 PM 40 People Killed in Suicide Bomb Aimed at Muslim Scholars in Kabul

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a gathering of Muslim religious scholars in Kabul, killing at least 40 people. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh says another 60 people were wounded in the attack, which took place as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad. Interior Ministry 85

November 5, 2018 1:10 PM Taliban officials say they will attend Moscow peace talks

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries and the Taliban 82

October 31, 2018 11:32 AM Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board

Security forces inspect the vehicle damaged by a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. An Interior Ministry official says the suicide bomber has struck outside the country's largest prison on the eastern edge of the capital Kabul. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) Security forces stand guard near the site of a suicide attack on prison 86

October 29, 2018 4:38 PM Poll reveals unprecedented misery among Afghans

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 file photo, Afghan men line up to cast their votes, outside a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan. A new survey released last Friday, has found record lows in how Afghans rate their chances for a better life. Afghans worry more, laugh less and are the most pessimistic about their 98