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Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree to release a final batch of "hardcore" Taliban prisoners demanded by the militants, sources told Reuters.

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban in bid for peace

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban in bid for peace

Afghanistan agreed on Sunday to release 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war.

Afghan peace talks close after Taliban prisoner release approved

Afghan peace talks close after Taliban prisoner release approved

The Afghan government and the Taliban are ‘on the verge’ of peace talks, after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, Kabul's lead negotiator said Sunday.

Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Islamic State attack

Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Islamic State attack

A gunbattle between Islamic State fighters and Afghan security forces raged at a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with at least 24 people killed after the militants' overnight assault led to a mass jailbreak.

Qatar renews support for peace process in Afghanistan

Qatar renews support for peace process in Afghanistan

Qatar has renewed its support for the peace process in Afghanistan and the participation of Afghan women in peace, reaffirming its commitment to support Afghanistan, including the continuous support for the reconciliation process between the Afghan parties to establish peace and stability.

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Friday

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Friday

Afghanistan's Taliban militants announced on Tuesday that they will observe a three-day ceasefire for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, starting Friday, offering some respite from weeks of increasing violence.

More than 1,200 civilians dead in Afghanistan so far in 2020: UN

More than 1,200 civilians dead in Afghanistan so far in 2020: UN

There were 1,282 civilians deaths in Afghanistan from January to June, with another 2,176 people wounded in the same period, according to a report by the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) published on Monday.

Afghan all-girls robotics team designs low-cost ventilator to treat coronavirus patients

Afghan all-girls robotics team designs low-cost ventilator to treat coronavirus patients

In the eastern Afghan city of Herat, 18-year-old high school student Somaya Faruqi adjusts a suction cap as she puts the finishing touches before unveiling a low-cost, lightweight ventilator created by her and six other young..

Dozens wounded as Taliban bomb rocks Afghan intel office

Dozens wounded as Taliban bomb rocks Afghan intel office

A car bomb claimed by the Taliban exploded Monday near the offices of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in the north of the country, wounding dozens of people, officials said.

Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians

Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians

Multiple explosions tore through a busy market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 23 civilians, officials said, blaming the Taliban for the carnage.

Bomb kills two human rights workers in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two human rights workers in Afghan capital

Two employees of Afghanistan's human rights body were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday, the agency said.

Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week: govt

Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week: govt

The Taliban have killed or wounded more than 400 Afghan security personnel over the past week, the interior ministry said Sunday, accusing the insurgents of increasing attacks ahead of expected peace talks.