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41 militants killed, 25 injured in Afghanistan in past 24 hrs: gov't

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:18:51 GMT

At least 41 militants were killed and 25 others injured after Afghan army, police and intelligence agency personnel launched wide-scale operations against insurgents' hideouts within the past 24 hours, said a statement of Afghanistan 's Defense Ministry Sunday. "During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted joint offensive operations in order to protect lives and properties of people, also defeating the insurgents in different parts of the country that as a result, 41 insurgents killed and 25 others wounded," the ministry said in a statement.

Police official says 3 policemen killed in Taliban assault

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:42:54 GMT

A senior police official says Taliban insurgents stormed a police checkpoint in the northeastern province of Kapisa, killing three policemen. Massoud Chardara, deputy provincial police chief, said the Friday afternoon assault on the checkpoint lasted two hours.


Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:25:47 GMT

A protester wearing a Donald Trump mask and another protester form a heart as he talks to the media following a brief protest at the Trump Tower hours after Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Satur... . Protesters, one wearing a Donald Trump mask and another with an Adolf Hitler mask, embrace as others display a #lovetrumpshate hashtag during a brief picket at the Trump Tower hours after Trump was sworn in as the 45th Presid... .

Eight people killed in their home by shell in Egypt's Rafah

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:10:45 GMT

Eight people were killed on Saturday after a shell landed on a house in southern Rafah, in the north of Sinai, eye witnesses and medical sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and witnesses and medical sources said the source of the shell was unknown.

Government says High Peace Council chief dies

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:45:42 GMT

An Afghan official says that Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani, chief of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, tasked with negotiating an end to the country's protracted conflict, has died at age 84. Mohammed Karim Khalili, deputy head of the council, told The Associated Press that Gailani died in Kabul earlier Friday. The exact cause of death was not immediately reported but he had been ill.

Humanitarian support 'Band-Aid' for unresolved Afghanistan conflict, officials say

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:19:58 GMT

Afghanistan's continued descent into crisis is forcing the country to increasingly rely on humanitarian aid that can only provide short-term relief while leaving the underlying problems unsolved, international officials acknowledged on Saturday, even as they launched a request for $550 million in new funding. Amid rising violence, economic stagnation, and social upheaval, the United Nations estimates at least 9.3 million Afghans, or nearly a third of the population, will need humanitarian assistance in 2017, a 13 percent increase from last year.

Bomb blast kill 20, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:01:34 GMT

A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 20 people and wounding at least 50, officials said. Dr. Sabir Hussain at the main hospital in Parachinar, the capital of Pakistan's Kurram tribal region, said two wounded victims died during treatment, raising the death toll to 20 Saturday.

World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:01:33 GMT

President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world. The billionaire businessman and reality television star - the first president who had never held political office or high military rank - promised to stir a "new national pride" and protect America from the "ravages" of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs.

Blast kills at least 21 in Pakistan vegetable market, says official

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:01:32 GMT

An explosion in a busy vegetable market killed at least 21 people on Saturday in Pakistan's remote northwestern tribal region, an official said. About 40 others were wounded in the blast in Kurram region, near the border with Afghanistan, said Sajid Hussain Turi, member of the National Assembly from the region.

Bergdahl Lawyers: Trump's Criticism Prevents Fair Trial

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:48:09 GMT

President Donald Trump's scathing criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, Bergdahl's attorneys said Friday.

Afghan Taliban seek 'to establish an Islamic state on earth'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:41:09 GMT

In a propaganda video that promoted its Al Farouq Training Camp, the Taliban said that the ultimate goal of its jihad is "to establish an Islamic state on earth." The Al Farouq camp is the latest training site publicized by the Taliban.

2 killed in bomb attack on sport fans in Afghanistan

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:18:20 GMT

SHARIF, Afghanistan, Jan. 20 -- Two persons were killed and five others wounded Friday evening after a bomb struck the ground of Buzkashi, a national game, in the Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh, provincial police spokesman said. "The initial information found two persons were killed and five others wounded after an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated at a Buzkashi ground in Khulm District.

Blast At Afghan Buzkashi Match Kills Anti-Taliban Militia Leader, Two Others

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:03:19 GMT

An explosion in northern Afghanistan has killed at least three people outside a game of buzkashi - a popular, traditional equestrian sport in Afghanistan and Central Asia that is similar to polo but uses a goat or calf carcass instead of a ball. The explosion was to the east of Mazar-e Shariff, in the Khulm District of Balkh Province, as spectators were leaving the buzkashi match.

Need new US policy on Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai suggests Donald Trump1 hour ago

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:35:14 GMT

New Delhi [India], Jan. 20: As Donald Trump assumes power tonight as the 45th president of the United States, former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has suggested that the new administration should take a deep look at the Afghan policy and rectify the mistakes committed during the past 15 years. Karzai said, "Obviously some things have gone wrong during this period.

16 policemen killed in Afghanistan attack

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:05:05 GMT

Kabul, Jan 20 - At least 16 policemen were killed in a militant attack in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar on Friday, an official said. The militants stormed a police checkpoint in Miwand district, Xinhua news agency reported.

Afghan orchestra puts women's rights centre stage at Davos

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:43:25 GMT

DAVOS, Switzerland: Global leaders who attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos are used to discussing women's rights on panels. On Thursday they got a chance to hear an all-female Afghan orchestra that has overcome Islamist death threats on its way to its first international performance in the elite ski resort.

COMMENTARY: Obama's self-revealing final act

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:18:52 GMT

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama's own endless, sentimental farewell tour.