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China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)

10 Chinese spies caught in Kabul get a quiet pardon, fly home in chartered aircraft

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:12 AM IST
The terms of the arrangement between Kabul and Beijing to secure the release of the 10 Chinese spies is not known.
The government is yet to confirm the blast. However, no fatalities have been reported so far.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The government is yet to confirm the blast. However, no fatalities have been reported so far.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Afghanistan: 2 explosions rock Kabul, 3 injured

Kabul | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:03 AM IST
The explosion took place just after a blast in the Chaman-e-Hozoori area in Kabul. No casualties were reported in the Chaman-e-Hozoori blast, which had targeted security forces’ vehicle.
Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)
Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)

Check out a virtual pandemic-era travelogue focused on South Asia

Hindustan Times | By Dipanjan Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:41 AM IST
The Daak Vaak repository on Instagram is crowdsourced, with people sending in photographs of cities they love and miss.
A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim’s Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim’s Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 1pm: Filming at centrally protected monuments free until August 15, and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:54 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 1pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
A 10-member Chinese module operating a terror cell in the capital city of Kabul was busted(AP)
A 10-member Chinese module operating a terror cell in the capital city of Kabul was busted(AP)

Apologise, Afghanistan tells China after busting its espionage cell in Kabul

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security has detained 10 Chinese citizens accused of operating a terror cell in Kabul
Afghan policemen inspect at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
Afghan policemen inspect at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)

Car bomb kills 8 in Afghanistan’s Kabul: Officials

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 01:42 PM IST
A security source said the car bomb detonated in the west of the capital. A health ministry official also confirmed the blast.
The slain council chief, Abdul Rahman Atshan, was the apparent target of the attack, which took place around noon in the provincial capital of Faroz Koh.(Reuters file photo for representation)
The slain council chief, Abdul Rahman Atshan, was the apparent target of the attack, which took place around noon in the provincial capital of Faroz Koh.(Reuters file photo for representation)

Bombs, shooting attack in Kabul kill 4: Officials

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:33 PM IST
The attacks are the latest in relentless violence in Afghanistan even as the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators hold talks in Qatar, trying to hammer out a peace deal that could put an end to decades of war.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kabul.(AP Photo. Representative image)
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kabul.(AP Photo. Representative image)

Afghanistan: Bomb and gun attacks in Kabul kill 3

Kabul | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 01:01 PM IST
A sticky bomb attached to an armored vehicle in northern Kabul killed two, and wounded at least two others, according to Ferdaws Faramarz, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief. No further details were immediately available.
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.
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”.
In Kabul, at least one of the 23 mortar shells fired from two cars hit inside the Iranian Embassy compound. No one was injured, but it damaged the main building, the Iranian Embassy said in a tweet.(Reuters)
In Kabul, at least one of the 23 mortar shells fired from two cars hit inside the Iranian Embassy compound. No one was injured, but it damaged the main building, the Iranian Embassy said in a tweet.(Reuters)

IS attack hits Afghan capital; Mike Pompeo joins peace talks

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:58 AM IST
The attack in Kabul, which was blamed on Islamic State militants, came as peace talks were underway in Qatar, where Mike Pompeo told Afghan government negotiators that the US will “sit on the side and help where we can” in the negotiations with Taliban militants.
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.
People inspect a damaged house after several rockets land at Khair Khana, north west of Kabul(AFP)
People inspect a damaged house after several rockets land at Khair Khana, north west of Kabul(AFP)

At least 8 dead as barrage of rocket fire hits Kabul

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 01:36 PM IST
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz confirmed the same death toll and details, while health ministry spokeswoman Masooma Jafari put the toll at five dead, 21 wounded.
The surge in violent attacks comes even as government negotiators and the Taliban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war in Afghanistan. The two sides have made little progress.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The surge in violent attacks comes even as government negotiators and the Taliban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war in Afghanistan. The two sides have made little progress.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Former Afghan TV presenter killed in explosion in Kabul

Kabul | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 01:43 PM IST
The death of Yama Siawash is being investigated and the identity of the other victims was not immediately known, said police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. No one has immediately claimed responsibility.
An Afghan journalist films inside a class after yesterday's attack at the university of Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
An Afghan journalist films inside a class after yesterday's attack at the university of Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

‘Why are you killing us?’: Afghans mourn those killed in IS attack in Kabul University

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 06:37 PM IST
The Islamic State affiliate also claimed the earlier attack on October 24 that killed 24 students at a tutoring center. The attack occurred in the mostly Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.
Policemen stand guard at an entrance gate of the Kabul University in Kabul on November 2, 2020.(AFP)
Policemen stand guard at an entrance gate of the Kabul University in Kabul on November 2, 2020.(AFP)

Kabul University attacked by armed gunmen; 19 dead, 22 injured

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 06:22 PM IST
Kabul police forces are engaging with full “precautions” to avoid harming the students, the ministry’s spokesman Tariq Arian said on Twitter on Monday. There were no details on casualties or who was responsible for the attack.
Residents gather at a site following a suicide bomber blew himself up in an education centre, in Kabul on October 24, 2020.(AFP photo)
Residents gather at a site following a suicide bomber blew himself up in an education centre, in Kabul on October 24, 2020.(AFP photo)

IS group claims responsibility for deadly Afghan suicide attack that killed 18 people

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 10:53 PM IST
A suicide bomber struck near an education centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 18 people in an attack claimed by the extremist Islamic State that rocked the conflict-wracked country.
An Afghan man who lost his brother mourns at a hospital after a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan October 24, 2020.(Reuters photo)
An Afghan man who lost his brother mourns at a hospital after a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan October 24, 2020.(Reuters photo)

18 killed, 57 injured in suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 09:43 PM IST
The death toll from the suicide attack on Saturday in Afghanistan’s capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said.
There was no official word from the external affairs ministry on the meeting between S Jaishankar and Noor, and people familiar with developments said that the two leaders discussed the Afghan peace process.(AFGHAN EMBASSY.)
There was no official word from the external affairs ministry on the meeting between S Jaishankar and Noor, and people familiar with developments said that the two leaders discussed the Afghan peace process.(AFGHAN EMBASSY.)

Senior Afghan leader Ata Mohammad Noor meets external affairs minister Jaishankar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Noor is the third leader from the erstwhile Northern Alliance, which was backed by India in its campaign against the Taliban, to visit New Delhi in recent weeks. He was preceded by Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum in September and Abdullah Abdullah earlier this month.
The Kabul administration has accused the insurgents of mounting attacks across the country in a bid to gain leverage in the negotiations.(AP file photo)
The Kabul administration has accused the insurgents of mounting attacks across the country in a bid to gain leverage in the negotiations.(AP file photo)

Special Taliban unit ambush Afghan forces butchering 34 during peace talks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:46 PM IST
The attack is the worst in two weeks after a days-long battle in southern Helmand province displaced about 30,000 Afghans and resulted in heavy casualties to both sides.
For peace in Afghanistan, there should be an immediate ceasefire. “Reduced violence” will not be enough(REUTERS)
For peace in Afghanistan, there should be an immediate ceasefire. “Reduced violence” will not be enough(REUTERS)

Where India stands on peace in Afghanistan | Opinion

By Jayant Prasad
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 07:15 PM IST
Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation will be in Delhi from Tuesday to consult with India’s top leadership, seeking a reiteration of India’s support for the peace process.
Peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Afghanistan, will travel to India after a three-day visit to Pakistan that concluded on Wednesday.(AFP PHOTO.)
Peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Afghanistan, will travel to India after a three-day visit to Pakistan that concluded on Wednesday.(AFP PHOTO.)

Top Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah expected to visit India on October 6

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 11:03 PM IST
Abdullah is expected to meet the top Indian leadership to seek support for the intra-Afghan negotiations currently underway at Doha in Qatar. India had sent an official delegation to Doha to attend the event marking the launch of negotiations and the event was also addressed by external affairs minister S Jaishankar.
The Taliban have been harshly criticized for their treatment of women and girls during their five-year rule when the insurgent group denied girls access to school and women to work outside their home.(REUTERS/ Representative image)
The Taliban have been harshly criticized for their treatment of women and girls during their five-year rule when the insurgent group denied girls access to school and women to work outside their home.(REUTERS/ Representative image)

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 10:48 AM IST
The warning issued late Thursday doesn’t specify the organizations plotting the attacks, but it comes as the Taliban and government-appointed negotiators are sitting together for the first time to try to find a peaceful end to decades of relentless war.
“India strongly condemns cowardly terrorist attack on Afg VP @AmrullahSaleh2. Our condolences to martyrs & prayers with injured,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on Twitter.(AFP)
“India strongly condemns cowardly terrorist attack on Afg VP @AmrullahSaleh2. Our condolences to martyrs & prayers with injured,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on Twitter.(AFP)

India condemns bomb attack on Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:35 PM IST
The Afghan vice president was “slightly injured” in the bomb attack on his convoy this morning that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen, according to Afghan media reports.
File Photo of Amrullah Saleh.
File Photo of Amrullah Saleh.

Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh targeted in Kabul, Haqqani network is prime suspect

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:59 AM IST
The attack on Saleh, a former Northern Alliance leader, comes on the death anniversary of fellow Tajik leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. Massoud was assassinated two days before the twin towers went down in the US.
Major players including United States Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has helped usher the talks since Washington signed a troop withdrawal pact with the Taliban in February, are also in Doha in advance of the talks.(AP photo)
Major players including United States Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has helped usher the talks since Washington signed a troop withdrawal pact with the Taliban in February, are also in Doha in advance of the talks.(AP photo)

Afghan negotiators wait in Kabul as start of peace talks faces delays: Reports

Kabul | By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 07:10 PM IST
After months of delays largely due to a disagreement over prisoner demands by the insurgent Taliban, a government decision to set most prisoners free last week led the major players involved to expect talks would finally begin.
The third explosion happened in the Company area in Kabul’s PD5 but there were no casualties reported.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The third explosion happened in the Company area in Kabul’s PD5 but there were no casualties reported.(AP file photo. Representative image)

3 IED blasts rock Afghanistan’s Kabul; one dead, four injured

Kabul | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2020 03:43 PM IST
As per TOLO News quoting the Kabul Police statement, the first blast happened in the Sarak-e-Naw area in Kabul’s PD5 (police district 5).
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.(AP file photo. Representative image)
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Bomb attacks in Kabul, north Afghanistan kill 4, injure 13: Report

Kabul | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2020 06:17 PM IST
Two sticky bombs targeted government employees in the Afghan capital, killing two people, including a police officer, and wounding two others, police said.
Under the supervision of the Afghanistan Cycling Federation, close to 30 young women are registered for regular training sessions in Kabul. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)
Under the supervision of the Afghanistan Cycling Federation, close to 30 young women are registered for regular training sessions in Kabul. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

The Olympics dream: Female cyclists in Kabul brave stigma to live their goal

Kabul | By Thomson Reuters Foundation | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Many in the conservative country see cycling as a sport reserved for men, so for Habibzai and the dozens of other cyclists on the national women’s team riding is about fighting the taboo and claiming equal space on the city’s streets.
TIME TO GO: Policemen register Taliban prisoners as they are in the process of being released from the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
TIME TO GO: Policemen register Taliban prisoners as they are in the process of being released from the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

In bid for peace, Afghan govt starts releasing 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul | By Agence-France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2020 04:58 AM IST
The prisoners include at least 44 insurgents of particular concern to the United States and other countries for their role in high-profile attacks, according to an official list seen by AFP.
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