Voting is under way in Afghanistan’s presidential election, the fourth since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani is seen as the frontrunner in the 15-man race, with Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, considered his main rival. Security forces are on high alert due to[…]
Three bomb blasts hit the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen more, according to officials. The explosions, which wounded 17 people in total, included a sticky bomb attached to a bus carrying university students. The other two were roadside bombs that[…]
Taliban fighters have killed 30 security forces in an ambush on two checkpoints in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor told Reuters news agency. The attack early on Wednesday comes days after Taliban said they would resume fighting despite President Ashraf Ghani extending the Eid ceasefire[…]
Afghanistan’s national unity government announced its first cabinet on Monday at a press conference in Kabul, 106 days after President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated. The announcement was made in a national televised address by Ghani’s chief of staff Salam Rahimi. The names of the 25-member cabinet will now be sent[…]
Defying frequent attacks by armed groups across his country, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has given a speech following a wave of recent Taliban activity, pledging that Afghanistan “will never surrender”. In a televised speech on Sunday, Ghani called on all religious, political and social leaders to condemn the violence. At[…]
Afghanistan’s new leaders were seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London Thursday as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years. The conference, opened by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, is not expected to deliver new cash pledges but does[…]
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived for his first state visit to neighbouring Pakistan, seeking to improve ties that are crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks. Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend a cricket match between the two countries in Islamabad on[…]
Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency. A small bomb attached to a cart exploded in east Kabul early in the morning, injuring no one, police said,[…]
Afghanistan’s election commission has declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country’s disputed presidential election. The commission’s announcement on Sunday came hours after Ghani signed a power sharing agreement with rival Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created position of government chief executive. The final vote tally from a[…]
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