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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called it “one of the historic days” in relations between the two countries.(AP)

Iran, Afghanistan open first rail link with eye on trade

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:58 PM IST
The $75 million project began in 2007, with Iran funding construction on both sides of the border as part of its development assistance to Afghanistan.
Both China and Australia have taken to social media in recent days as tensions between the two nations continue to simmer.(Reuters file photo)
Both China and Australia have taken to social media in recent days as tensions between the two nations continue to simmer.(Reuters file photo)

WeChat deletes Australian PM’s appeal to Chinese community

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:05 AM IST
In a direct appeal to the Chinese community, Morrison promoted Australia as a “free, democratic, liberal country” and explained that an official probe is underway into alleged atrocities by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
England's Dawid Malan in action.(REUTERS)
England's Dawid Malan in action.(REUTERS)

England’s Malan attains highest-ever rating points in T20I history

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 02:59 PM IST
The 33-year-old left-hander has reached 915 points, the first to cross the 900-point mark after Australian Aaron Finch’s 900-point achievement in July 2018.
Australian flag cocktail sticks are seen at Australia's food booth at the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.(REUTERS)
Australian flag cocktail sticks are seen at Australia's food booth at the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.(REUTERS)

Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3%

Wellington | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:34 PM IST
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters the country still has a lot of ground to make up from the coronavirus downturn.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a virtual news conference at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.(REUTERS)
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a virtual news conference at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.(REUTERS)

Further withdrawal from Afghanistan must be tied to peace talks progress: Germany

Berlin | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 05:06 PM IST
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany wants to ensure that it ties further troop reductions in Afghanistan to clear conditions.
Government and diplomatic sources told Reuters that when it came to signing the document in November, which was to include references to the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” - the official name of the Afghan government, - the Taliban backed off.(AP file photo)
Government and diplomatic sources told Reuters that when it came to signing the document in November, which was to include references to the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” - the official name of the Afghan government, - the Taliban backed off.(AP file photo)

Taliban-Afghan government agreement marred by document’s wording

Kabul/Islamabad | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Teams representing the Taliban and the Afghan government have been negotiating in the Qatari capital since September to reach a consensus on the modalities of peace talks, moving forward to help end decades of war in Afghanistan.
Afghan National Army officers stand guard at the site of a blast in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Afghan National Army officers stand guard at the site of a blast in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Afghanistan: 7 terrorists, including Hamza Waziristani, killed in airstrike in Ghazni

Ghazni, Afghanistan | By Asian News International | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:00 PM IST
They were accused of plotting Sunday’s deadly attack in Ghazni that left 31 dead.
Tattoo artist Soraya Shahidy, speaks with a customers at her beauty salon in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Tattoo artist Soraya Shahidy, speaks with a customers at her beauty salon in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Meet the female tattoo artist from Kabul who is breaking barriers one tattoo at a time

KABUL | By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:23 PM IST
A normal routine in studios around the world, Shahidy’s artwork in the conservative country breaks a tattoo taboo.
Afghan Army recruits march at a graduation ceremony.
Afghan Army recruits march at a graduation ceremony.

At least 64 dead as Afghanistan violence spirals

Kabul | By Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:05 AM IST
At least 30 members of the Taliban, including six commanders, have been killed and 17 others injured in clashes in eastern province of Laghman, the Afghan government army’s eastern division, known as the 201 Selab Corps, said on Sunday.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.(REUTERS file photo)
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.(REUTERS file photo)

At least 34 killed in separate suicide bombings: Afghan officials

Kabul, Afghanistan | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:58 PM IST
In eastern Ghazni province, officials said 31 soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a military humvee full of explosives onto an army commando base before detonating the car bomb.
Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens.(Getty Images)
Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens.(Getty Images)

UAE suspends new visas to citizens of Pakistan, 12 other countries. Here’s the list

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 06:14 PM IST
The Dubai Airport Free Zone said in a statement that the suspension took effect on November 18 and would run until further notice.
Somalia faces a tense election season that begins in the next few weeks to decide the presidency and parliament.(AP)
Somalia faces a tense election season that begins in the next few weeks to decide the presidency and parliament.(AP)

‘Why now?’ Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

Nairobi | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:49 PM IST
It is not clear whether President Donald Trump will order the withdrawal of the some 700 US military forces from Somalia, following his orders for Afghanistan and Iraq, or whether the reported urge will pass before he leaves office in January.
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)

UAE halts visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states including Pakistan

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:18 PM IST
The document, sent to companies operating in the state-owned business park and seen by Reuters, cited an immigration circular that came into effect on November 18.
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister reacts prior to the plenary session of the 2020 Afghanistan Donor Conference.(AFP)
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister reacts prior to the plenary session of the 2020 Afghanistan Donor Conference.(AFP)

EU, other donors step up with funds to help Afghanistan

Geneva | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 05:59 PM IST
A largely virtual, one-day pledging conference in Geneva, co-hosted by Finland, drew representatives from over 70 countries in the first such event in four years.
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar.(File photo)
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar.(File photo)

India to build new dam, launch projects worth $80 million in Afghanistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:46 PM IST
India’s development portfolio of more than $3 billion is aimed at building the capabilities of the Afghan people and institutions with the aim of improving governance, said external affairs minister S Jaishankar
In 2019, Afghanistan reported attacks on 70 schools and 75 hospitals, and six schools.(AFP)
In 2019, Afghanistan reported attacks on 70 schools and 75 hospitals, and six schools.(AFP)

Over 26,000 children in Afghanistan killed or maimed since 2005: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:22 PM IST
A charity, Save the Children, said in its report that Afghanistan accounts for the greatest number of killing and maiming violations among conflict zones, terming it one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with Taliban's peace negotiation team, amid talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in Doha, Qatar.(Reuters)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with Taliban's peace negotiation team, amid talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in Doha, Qatar.(Reuters)

Pompeo meets Taliban, Afghan negotiators in Doha

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:26 AM IST
This was the first meeting of the top American diplomat with the Taliban and the Afghans representatives after the US’ recent announcement that it will reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each by January 15 next year.
US secy of state meets Taliban negotiators(AFP)
US secy of state meets Taliban negotiators(AFP)

Rocket attack in Kabul by Islamic State kills 8

Kabul | By Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 05:07 AM IST
In a statement on its Telegram channels, IS said 28 Katyusha rockets fired by “soldiers of the caliphate” hit Kabul’s heavily fortified Green Zone that houses “the presidential palace, embassies of Crusader states, and the headquarters of Afghan forces”.
There is evidence to indicate that they boarded a truck (JK01AL 1055) between 2.30 and 3 am in the night and were seen crossing Sarore toll plaza towards Jammu at 3.44 am.(AP)
There is evidence to indicate that they boarded a truck (JK01AL 1055) between 2.30 and 3 am in the night and were seen crossing Sarore toll plaza towards Jammu at 3.44 am.(AP)

Pak attackers, killed in Nagrota encounter, were commando trained who walked 30 km into India in moonless night

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:39 AM IST
While JeM commander Rauf Asghar monitored the attack from Bhawalpur with Qari Zarar, the launcher was Kasim Jan, who handles all the Jaish infiltration into South Kashmir.
shreds of evidence received from multiple intelligence reports suggest that Pakistan has starting nesting terror networks in Taliban safe havens of Afghanistan.(Reuters file photo)
shreds of evidence received from multiple intelligence reports suggest that Pakistan has starting nesting terror networks in Taliban safe havens of Afghanistan.(Reuters file photo)

Pakistan’s FATF future seems grim with its continuous involvement in Afghanistan

Islamabad | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 04:35 PM IST
It is believed that the concessions granted to Pakistan have a lot to do with the presumption that Pakistan will toe a supporting line with the US amidst the crucial peace deal with the Taliban.
Some of the recent violence has been blamed on the Taliban, who have ignored Ghani’s warnings about using the attacks to gain leverage in the peace talks.(AP file photo)
Some of the recent violence has been blamed on the Taliban, who have ignored Ghani’s warnings about using the attacks to gain leverage in the peace talks.(AP file photo)

US vow of early exit from Afghanistan raises threat of resurgent Taliban

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 03:39 PM IST
The United Nations has noted a dramatic surge in violence since Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s government and the Taliban began peace talks in September.
A police officer stands guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
A police officer stands guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Mortar shells hit Kabul residential areas; at least 8 dead

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:29 PM IST
The shells were fired from two cars, Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said. No one took immediate responsibility for the early morning attack that also targeted the posh Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which houses diplomatic missions.
Sanjay Dutt in Torbaaz.
Sanjay Dutt in Torbaaz.

Torbaaz trailer: Sanjay Dutt wants to rescue refugee children from terrorism, save their lives with cricket. Watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 12:19 PM IST
Torbaaz: Sanjay Dutt plays an ex-army doctor who wants to bring some joy into the lives of some kids at a refugee camp in the form of cricket in the upcoming Netflix movie. It will be out on December 11.
Panahi, 21, set up the Namad Gallery at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in September.(Reuters)
Panahi, 21, set up the Namad Gallery at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in September.(Reuters)

Young Afghan woman opens art gallery to create jobs, and hope, in pandemic

Kabul | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 10:27 AM IST
In addition to generating jobs, Panahi said she wanted to find a way of reintroducing felt to traditional arts and crafts in Afghanistan.
General Angus Campbell told a press conference on Thursday that the ADF is rightly held to account for allegations of “grave misconduct.”(AP)
General Angus Campbell told a press conference on Thursday that the ADF is rightly held to account for allegations of “grave misconduct.”(AP)

What lies ahead for Australian soldiers accused of unlawful killings in Afghanistan?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:41 PM IST
Army chief Lieutenant General Rick Burr said in a statement that he has directed removal of the title ‘2 Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment’ from the Australian Army’s Order of Battle
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and the two leaders explored ways to deepen the bilateral ties and discussed the Afghan reconciliation process(REUTERS)
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and the two leaders explored ways to deepen the bilateral ties and discussed the Afghan reconciliation process(REUTERS)

Pakistan sets out to bolster ties with Afghanistan through Imran Khan’s maiden visit

Kabul | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 05:20 PM IST
The Pakistani Prime Minister’s visit is being billed as a symbol of increasing confidence between the two countries, triggered by Pakistan’s role in bringing the Taliban to the negotiation table, after years of acrimony between Islamabad and Kabul
Chief of the Australian Defence Force Gen. Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 (Mick Tsikas/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
Chief of the Australian Defence Force Gen. Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 (Mick Tsikas/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)

Elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghans, report finds

Wellington | By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 01:29 PM IST
The victims included Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians, the report said. Unveiling the findings of the report, Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell said the illegal killings began in 2009, with the majority occurring in 2012 and 2013.
The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)
The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)

US decision to reduce troops in Afghanistan, Iraq draws ire

Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 02:14 AM IST
US Government tells Pentagon to withdraw some soldiers from these two nations by Jan 15, just days before Joe Biden is expected to take charge as president.
The decision comes as part of Trump’s pledge to bring America’s “endless wars” to an end.(AP)
The decision comes as part of Trump’s pledge to bring America’s “endless wars” to an end.(AP)

Taliban welcome US troop drawdown from Afghanistan as ‘good step’

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 07:17 PM IST
The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the US will slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to their lowest levels in nearly 20 years of war after President Donald Trump pledged to end conflicts abroad.
Afghan security forces leave the site of an incident after an attack at the university of Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Afghan security forces leave the site of an incident after an attack at the university of Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

NATO chief warns of high price if troops leave Afghanistan

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:12 PM IST
NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of nations in Afghanistan helping to train and advise the country’s national security forces. More than half are not US troops, but the 30-nation alliance relies heavily on the United States for transport, air support, logistics and other assistance.
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