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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Afghanistan

Fire destroys market in Afghanistan capital

A huge fire swept through a market in downtown Kabul today, destroying hundreds of shops and forcing the city's nearby money exchange to evacuate, police and witnesses said.

Taliban hint at Softer Line in Talks With Afghan govt

After years of deriding Afghanistan’s government and army as corrupt tools of Western occupiers, the Taliban have begun publicly airing a softer vision for the country’s future, with senior insurgent leaders saying the militants are willing to govern alongside other Afghan factions and even to adopt the current American-financed army as their own.

Afghan police officer kills five colleagues: official

An Afghan police officer shot dead five of his colleagues Monday, an official said, the latest in a string of attacks by members of the security forces on their own men or foreign allies.

Female Afghan police attacker is Iranian: government

The female Afghan police officer who shot dead a Nato adviser in Kabul is an Iranian national who wanted to kill senior security members, officials said on Tuesday.

Taliban likens US Afghan role to Vietnam War

The Taliban has likened the planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to America's pullout from Vietnam, calling it a "declare victory and run" strategy.

Suicide bombers kill 5 at Afghan govt compound

Two suicide bombers penetrated a government compound in the country's south Sunday, killing five people, Afghan officials said. There were no reports of foreign troops or civilians at the site.

ISAF soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

A soldier serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan was shot dead by a man in Afghan army uniform, the latest in a series of "insider" attacks, the alliance said today.

Afghans wary of what lies ahead

The battle against the Taliban in Helmand province was so fierce two years ago that farmers say there were some fields where every ear of corn had a bullet in it. Pessimism on the rise

Suicide attack targets Afghan intel HQ in Kabul

A large explosion followed by gunfire was heard in the Afghan capital Kabul Wednesday, with initial reports placing the blast near a tightly-secured area housing key buildings including the police headquarters.

Taliban suicide squad attacks Kabul police building

NATO troops joined a fight against a Taliban suicide squad that stormed a Kabul police headquarters on Monday, unleashing a stand-off that lasted for more than five hours.

Britain's Prince Harry has 'mental problem': Taliban

Britain's Prince Harry, who compared shooting insurgents in Afghanistan to playing video games, "has probably developed a mental problem", the Taliban said today.

'10 police killed in Afghanistan suicide attack'

At least ten policemen were killed and 18 others, mostly civilians, were wounded in a suicide attack today in a crowded area of the northeast Afghan city of Kunduz, provincial authorities said.

Afghan bombs kill 23 policemen in 24 hours

Insurgents killed a total of 23 policemen across Afghanistan within 24 hours, officials said Sunday, reflecting the increasing police role in the war before the withdrawal of Nato troops.

China fills Afghanistan vacuum after US retreat

China — long a bystander to the conflict in Afghanistan — is stepping up its involvement as US-led forces prepare to withdraw, attracted by the country’s vast mineral resources but concerned that any post-2014 chaos could embolden Islamist insurgents in its own territory.

Taliban dismisses London talks on Afghan war

A Taliban spokesman today dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.

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