Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan coach pleased with 2015 ICC World Cup preparations 6 days ago

    Karachi: Afghanistan's cricket coach Kabir Khan on Wednesday said the team was on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month. Afghanistan earned a maiden berth in the 50-over World Cup to cap a remarkable rise which saw them graduating from...
  • Indian government grants USD 1 million for Afghan stadium August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian government has given approval to a grant of USD 1 million for the construction of a cricket stadium in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, according to a report. The stadium is set to come up in Aino Mina, a northern suburb of Kandahar city, on the land...
  • US's Kerry in Kabul to try to break deadlock over Afghan presidency August 8, 2014

    Kabul: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for his second visit in under a month to push a deal between the country's two presidential candidates on how to share power after an audit of a disputed election is complete. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah shook hands...
  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal July 31, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • Afghanistan President Karzai's cousin killed in suicide bombing July 29, 2014

    Kandahar: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's cousin Hashmat was killed in suicide bombing on Tuesday in Kandahar. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability. Hashmat Karzai, who...
  • US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: audit July 28, 2014

    Washington: Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said on Monday. The United States also had delivered more weapons than Afghan forces now needed, partly...
  • Peter Chingoka steps down as Zimbabwe cricket chief July 25, 2014

    Harare: Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka has unexpectedly stepped down from his position after 22 years at the helm, as the organisation also announced changes at both coach and captaincy level after their board meeting in Harare. Chingoka had previously indicated that he would stand for re-election when his term ended...
  • 4th ODI: Afghanistan's 100-run win stops Zimbabwe from winning series July 25, 2014

    Bulawayo: Batsman Shafiqullah Shafiq and bowler Sharafuddin Ashraf starred as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs in Bulawayo on Thursday to draw a four one-day international series. Wicketkeeper Shafiqullah top scored with 56 runs off 43 balls as the Afghans compiled 259 in 49.1 overs at Queens Sport Club. Samiullah...
  • Zadran blasts Afghanistan to famous ODI win over Zimbabwe July 23, 2014

    Dawlat Zadran hit 24 runs from seven balls to help Afghanistan to a two-wicket one-day international win over Zimbabwe on Tuesday, only the second time the war-torn country has beaten a Test-playing nation. The victory at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo followed a 32-run victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup...
  • Three foreign advisers killed in suicide attack near Kabul airport July 22, 2014

    Kabul: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear. The explosion comes days after one of the most audacious militant attacks in a year on the airport, which...
  • Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in 2nd ODI July 20, 2014

    Bulawayo: Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza made sure his first one-day international century was a memorable one as he smashed seven sixes in his 141 to power the home team to an eight-wicket win and a 2-0 series lead over Afghanistan on Sunday. Raza was part of a record 224-run opening partnership...
  • US lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown July 19, 2014

    Washington: The Afghan election crisis and unravelling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking US President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence...
  • 1st ODI: Sean Williams stars as Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets July 18, 2014

    A quick-fire 70 at more than a run a ball from Sean Williams lifted Zimbabwe to a comfortable six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first one day international at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday. Williams, who blasted eight fours and a six off his 65 balls, fell just before...
  • 27 militants lay down arms in Afghanistan July 17, 2014

    Kabul: A total of 27 militants on Thursday laid down arms in Afghanistan's Baghlan province. "With these people joining the peace process, security will further improve in Baghlan," Xinhua quoted provincial police chief Aminullah Omarkhil as saying. Omarkhil said the former militants, who laid down their arms at Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Baghlan...
  • Terrorist attack on Kabul airport, gunfire, explosions heard July 17, 2014

    Kabul: A militant attack is underway at Kabul airport on Thursday as explosions and gunfire rang out. The interior ministry said a group of insurgents had opened fire with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades after seizing a building under construction at the airport. The attack began around 4:30 am (0000 GMT)...
  • 11 Afghan security force members killed in attacks July 13, 2014

    Kabul: Insurgent attacks across Afghanistan have killed 11 Afghan security force members, authorities said on Sunday, as a suicide car bomb attack wounded three NATO troops. The deadliest attacks happened overnight in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province, when insurgents raided Afghan police and army checkpoints in Aliangar district, said Sarhadi Zwak spokesman...
  • EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll July 9, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election. "We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further audits,"...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani...
  • On eve of election results, Afghan candidate sends warning to rival July 7, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned his rival on Sunday that he will refuse to accept the outcome of the country's troubled election unless he saw firm evidence that the vote was completely free of fraud. His warning, on the eve of the preliminary election results due out on Monday,...
  • Oil tankers destroyed as rockets hit Kabul July 5, 2014

    Kabul: Several oil tankers caught fire and were reduced to ashes as three rockets fired by militants slammed into a parking lot in Kabul, drivers at the site said. "It was 11 p.m. Friday night when three rockets hit the parking lot in Arghandi area on the outskirts of Kabul city...
  • SpiceJet flight escapes rocket attack in Kabul airport July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: About 100 people on board a SpiceJet flight from Kabul to Delhi escaped a rocket attack by militants at the airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday. The attack, aimed at the military airbase at the Kabul airport, was launched when the Boeing 737 was getting ready for takeoff....
  • US envoy for Afghanistan steps down July 2, 2014

    Washington: Afghanistan is stepping down, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in a move which comes at a key juncture in troubled US-Afghan ties. James Dobbins, a veteran diplomat with deep ties to Afghanistan, is retiring after just over a year in office and will be replaced by his deputy...
  • Afghanistan hails India for easing visa policy July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Afghanistan has welcomed easing of visa regime by India for Afghan travellers and thanked the Narendra Modi government for acting upon its repeated requests to further facilitate people-to-people contacts between the two countries under the key provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2011. "We are delighted...
  • Bicycle: A new metaphor of freedom for Afghan women June 27, 2014

    Trundling down dun-coloured mountain slopes, they ignore hard stares and vulgarities from passing men, revelling in an activity that seemed unthinkable for previous generations of Afghan women -- riding a bicycle. The sight of a woman on a bicycle may not be unusual in most parts of the world, but it...
  • Death toll rises in southern Afghanistan battle June 27, 2014

    Kandahar: The death toll from a week of fighting between Afghan forces and hundreds of Taliban militants in a southern province rose above 100, officials said today, while the United Nations (UN) called on all parties to protect civilians who are increasingly caught in the crossfire. The battle is shaping up...
  • Bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 4 civilians June 25, 2014

    Kabul: A bomb hidden in a push cart and detonated by remote control near a government building in northern Afghanistan killed four people on Wednesday while a rocket attack near the Kabul airport wounded four, officials said. The explosion, which struck early on Tuesday morning near the governor's building in...
  • Afghanistan woos India Inc; to give preference to Indian companies June 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Keen on attracting greater funds from India Inc in rebuilding the war-ravaged nation, Afghanistan will accord preferential treatment to Indian investors, a top official said on Tuesday. "Afghanistan has been a recipient of assistance for capacity building, infrastructure, community based business projects and humanitarian assistance from India. We intend to...
  • Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigns June 23, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigned on Monday in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down "for the national interest." One...
  • Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq June 18, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out and leave the national police and army to impose security. Both countries have been at the centre of US wars, and are plagued by insurgencies fighting against...
  • 700 cadets pass out from Indian Military Academy June 14, 2014

    A total of 700 cadets passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun on Saturday of which 636 joined the Indian Army while the remaining were foreign cadets, an official said. The foreign cadets are from Bhutan, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. After the passing out parade, the...