AFGHANISTAN

  • NATO ends its 13-year Afghan war, but insurgency boils 22 hours 36 minutes ago

    Kabul: NATO formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence. The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of Taliban strikes in the Afghan capital, which...
  • Afghanistan women's cricket crushed by threats, bombs and tradition 4 days ago

    The story of Afghan cricket is a rare bright spot in the troubled country's recent past, full of unlikely successes and glory that have helped unify a divided nation. Unless you're a woman player. A national women's cricket team formed in 2010 with some fanfare was quietly dissolved this year amid...
  • Obama reassures Americans that troops in Afghanistan will come home soon 4 days ago

    On the occasion on Christmas, US President Barack Obama reassured Americans that troops serving in Afghanistan will come home soon. Obama said, "Merry Christmas everybody! Now, we're not going to take much of your time because today is about family and being together with the ones you love." ...
  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin 1 week ago

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...
  • We have killed all children, what do we do now: Pakistan school attack terrorists to handler December 18, 2014

    Peshawar: "We have killed all the children in the auditorium," one of the attackers told his handler. "What do we do now?" he asked. "Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself," his handler ordered. A report in a Pakistani news website Dawn.com quotes a security official, who said...
  • Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world: report December 10, 2014

    Washington: Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan, the only other South Asian country in the list, is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled by IntelCenter, a...
  • India records highest deaths among under-five children December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India reports the highest number of deaths among children below the age of five years, annually due to pneumonia and diarrhoea, according to an international report, the government told Lok Sabha on Friday. India has 3.18 lakh under-five children deaths annually due to the two diseases and the countries...
  • Pakistani Taliban squeezed by Afghan revolt, US drone strikes December 4, 2014

    Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban militants holed up in Afghanistan are being squeezed by US drone strikes and a revolt against them, a trend that could disrupt the insurgents' capability to strike in Pakistan. For years, Pakistani Taliban commanders fighting the Pakistani state have been hiding in remote areas of east Afghanistan, plotting...
  • Angelina Jolie involved in car crash? December 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Angelina Jolie was reportedly involved in a car crash after her vehicle skidded in the rain here. The 39-year-old was returning from a screening for her new film 'Unbroken' Sunday, when the car reportedly skidded, hit a curb, and two of its tyres burst, reports mirror.co.uk. As per reports...
  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 in Afghanistan during volleyball match November 23, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east. Mokhis Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, says the attack happened during an inter-district tournament attended by a large crowed in...
  • Afghanistan signals Kabul's focus on ties with Pakistan, China November 21, 2014

    United Nations: Reflecting the new Afghanistan government's high priority on reconciliation with the Taliban, ending conflicts and curbing terrorism, Kabul's Ambassador to the UN Zahir Tanin signalled Kabul's focus on relations with Pakistan and China, which it feels can help it in these tasks. The visit of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani...
  • India played productive role inside Afghanistan: US November 21, 2014

    Washington: Praising India for playing a useful and productive role inside war-torn Afghanistan, the US on Friday said it is looking forward to India's leadership and its continued participation in regional security. "India is a strong regional power and we know that India has interests in stability and security in the...
  • Afghanistan keen to play in Pakistan for reviving international cricket November 18, 2014

    Karachi: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is willing to send its national team to Pakistan to play One-Day Internationals (ODI) with the hope of reviving international cricket in the country, chief executive Noor Muhammad Murad said on Tuesday. Murad went to Pakistan on a short trip recently with the hope of...
  • Pakistan PM Sharif pledges support for new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani November 16, 2014

    Islamabad: Looking to overcome years of mistrust and hostility between their two nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, promised on Saturday to boost security and trade ties. The two neighbours have accused each other in the past of harbouring anti-government Taliban insurgents across their...
  • Afghan cleric gets 20 years in jail for raping 10-year-old October 28, 2014

    Kabul: In a landmark judgment, a cleric in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a ten-year-old girl. And unlike many previous cases, the victim is not being made to share the blame. The court rejected the cleric's claim that the sex was consensual. The verdict...
  • 6 terrorists killed as Pakistan forces continue operation October 23, 2014

    Peshawar: At least six terrorists were killed and seven others injured in fresh clashes between security forces and terrorists in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal Khyber region. The latest clash took place in the Sipah area of Bara Tehsil with Operation Khyber I (Khyber one) underway in the region. The operation...
  • Narendra Modi calls up Hamid Karzai, hails his contribution October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and hailed his effort to strengthen bilateral relations besides successfully steering his country on the path of peace, prosperity and stability which will "never be forgotten". Modi told Karzai that he will always remain a "special...
  • One kidnapper, five rapists executed in Afghanistan October 8, 2014

    Kabul: The Afghan government executed by hanging the leader of a kidnappers' ring and five rapists in Kabul's central jail, the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, on Wednesday. "The kidnappers' ring leader Khalid, nicknamed Habib Istalif, and five rapists were hanged on the gallows in the compound of Pul-e-Charkhi prison," a police official, who...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Asian Games Cricket: Sri Lanka men beat Afghanistan in final to win gold October 3, 2014

    Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday. Unlike the previous day, when Sri Lanka won a coin toss to get into the gold medal match after their semi-final with Bangladesh was washed out, luck...
  • Afghan Diary: Democracy, a new era or namesake? September 30, 2014

    The democratic transition is perhaps the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of Afghanistan. As the new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes oath in the presence of over 1,400 national and international guests, the war-torn country enters a new era which was long awaited. Democracy to Afghanistan has come at...
  • Modi cautions US against hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan September 30, 2014

    New York: Hours ahead of his dinner with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cautioned the US against hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, citing the mistakes it has committed while pulling out from Iraq. Modi told the Council on Foreign Relations that India and the...
  • Historic, anxious handover as Afghanistan swears in new leader September 29, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan inaugurates its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for...
  • Delhi eyes onions from Pakistan, Afghanistan to meet festive demand September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India is turning to Pakistan and Afghanistan to ensure that there is no shortage of onions in the national capital during the upcoming festival season. National Agriculture and Marketing Federation (NAFED) will import onions from the two countries in a bid to avert an onion shortfall in Delhi as...
  • Taliban storm Afghan district southwest of capital, 100 killed September 27, 2014

    Ghazni: Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province southwest of the capital and are on the verge of capturing it after killing dozens of people and beheading some in days of fighting, officials said on Friday. The Ghazni provincial government has lost contact with police...
  • Afghan President-elect seeks favour in Washington September 23, 2014

    Washington: Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States months ago. Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three different Washington public relations and lobbying firms since May. Required Justice Department filings say that, at times, his campaign has spent USD 180,000...
  • Obama congratulates Afghan President and his rival on unity government September 22, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has called the Afghan presidentelect Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah congratulating them on reaching an agreement on a unity government in this wartorn country. Under the terms of the agreement brokered by the US, Ghani would be the new president of the country while...
  • PM Modi welcomes agreement on government formation in Afghanistan September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday welcomed the agreement on government formation in Afghanistan and said India will stand steadfastly with the new dispensation in that country as it continues the task of building a strong, developed and peaceful nation. "We wholeheartedly welcome the agreement between the two Afghan...
  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack September 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying...
  • Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai declared Afghanistan's next President September 21, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's election commission has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country's presidential election, but the commission did not release final vote figures. The commission's announcement on Sunday came hours after Ghani Ahmadzai signed a power sharing agreement with opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created...