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March 21, 2018 5:46 AM Afghan street artists haunt warlords with graffiti campaign

KABUL: For days Hamida Barmaki's smiling face stared out over traffic in Kabul, painted in a towering mural near the home of the warlord blamed for her death before it was mysteriously covered over in white. The short-lived image on a concrete blast wall marked the beginning of a provocative campaign by social activist group ArtLords, whose artists are calling 7

March 13, 2018 7:24 AM US Defence Secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit

KABUL: Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit. Mattis's remarks came as he flew into the war-torn city, weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. The insurgents have so far given 13

February 28, 2018 10:25 AM Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US. Civilian casualties have soared in recent months as the Taliban increasingly targets towns and cities in response to a new and more aggressive 9

February 14, 2018 8:59 AM Pakistani Taliban kill four government paramilitary troopers in gun attack

QParamilitary soldiers enter the cordoned site after gunmen shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Quetta February 14, 2018. — Reuters picUETTA, Feb 14 — Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta, where last month seven security men were killed in a suicide attack, police and the Islamist group 8

February 14, 2018 8:22 AM Afghan institute, Metallica win music’s ‘Nobel Prize’

Metallica's Lars Ulrich called the Polar Music Prize 'a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years.' — AFP picSTOCKHOLM, Feb 14 — An Afghan music institute that has empowered girls in the war-torn country and metal pioneers Metallica today shared the Polar Music Prize, often called music’s Nobel. The laureates will each receive 20

January 25, 2018 3:59 PM Malala lauds feminism as Trump lands in Davos

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Malala Yousafzai, Girls’ Education Activist and Co-founder of Malala Fund, attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos January 25, 2018. — Reuters picDAVOS, Jan 25 — Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai today urged women to “change the world” without waiting for the help of men, as she addressed 13

January 14, 2018 1:08 AM US probes video apparently showing shooting of Afghan civilian

US troops with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, February 27, 2013. – Reuters picKABUL, Jan 14 — US military authorities are investigating a video widely circulated on Afghan social media that apparently shows a US service member firing into a civilian truck driving along a road in Afghanistan, a spokesman said. “The video in question 13

January 4, 2018 1:59 AM Trump admin to announce cuts in ‘security assistance’ for Pakistan, say sources

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York January 2, 2018. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Jan 4 — US President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce plans to cut off “security assistance” to Pakistan, congressional aides said yesterday, a day after the White House 12

December 6, 2017 8:28 AM Bomb blast kills nine people in Pakistan, near Afghan border

No militant group has as yet claimed responsibility for the blast. — Reuters picMIRANSHAH (Pakistan), Dec 6 — A bomb rigged to a motorcycle exploded in a militant-plagued part of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing nine people, officials said today, the latest violence in a recent rise in attacks in the nuclear-armed country. The bomb was detonated 19

December 4, 2017 8:26 AM US defence chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

ISLAMABAD: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Islamabad on Monday (Dec 4) to ask Pakistan's civilian and military leadership to do more to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan. More than 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy, however, US officials 6