Afghanistan

  • Afghan cricketers begin three-week tour of Australia 3 hours 29 minutes ago

    Afghanistan's fledging cricket team began a three-week tour of Australia on Sunday to help it prepare for its first appearance at next year's 50-over World Cup tournament. Ranked 11th in the one-day international form of the game, the results of matches against teams from Western Australia and Canberra in Australia and...
  • Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape 5 days ago

    Kabul: An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul. The panel of three judges, led by Judge Sediqullah Haqiqqi, also invalidated the death sentences given to two...
  • Afghan national, 2 others held for drugs in raisin packets 1 week ago

    New Delhi: An Afghan national along with two Indians have been arrested here for allegedly smuggling in a large cache of fine quality heroin concealed in raisin boxes which was to be sold in a famous dry fruits market in Delhi. A tip-off, officials said, led sleuths of the Delhi zone...
  • India, Afghanistan to work hand-in-hand during critical phase September 10, 2014

    Kabul: "India is here to stay," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured Afghanistan as she conveyed the new government's resolve to work "hand-in-hand" with the war-torn country by providing all possible assistance, including in key areas of defence and security. As Afghanistan enters a new phase in its transition,...
  • India, Afghanistan to intensify security, defence cooperation September 10, 2014

    Kabul: India on Wednesday assured all possible help to the Afghan people to realise their vision of a strong, independent and prosperous Afghanistan as the two countries agreed to intensify cooperation in areas like security, defence and reconstruction work in the war-torn country. India's assurance was conveyed by External Affairs Minister...
  • Sushma Swaraj arrives in Afghanistan to improve strategic ties September 10, 2014

    Kabul: Seeking to enhance strategic cooperation and help Afghanistan deal with key challenges of security and stability, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Wednesday on a crucial visit as the trouble- torn country approaches the first democratic transition of power after fall of the Taliban in 2001. Swaraj's visit also...
  • Iran says Afghan, Pakistani IS volunteers arrested September 8, 2014

    Tehran: Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran, a government minister announced on Monday. "People from Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted to cross Iran but we prevented them passing and we have arrested others,"...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • England's Andy Moles named Afghanistan coach September 4, 2014

    Kabul: Former New Zealand coach Andy Moles took charge of the Afghan team on Thursday replacing Pakistan's Kabir Khan, who resigned last week citing family reasons. The announcement comes ahead of the World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February to March, with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) looking...
  • Kabir Khan quits as Afghanistan coach September 2, 2014

    Karachi: Afghanistan cricket on Tuesday suffered a major blow just a few months before their participation in their first ever 50-over World Cup as long serving coach Kabir Khan stepped down due to differences with the country's Board. Kabir, 40, confirmed on Tuesday that he had stepped down as head coach...
  • Afghan talks on unity government collapse; crisis deepens September 2, 2014

    Kabul: Talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results. Under the terms of a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the runner-up in the vote was to name a...
  • Afghanistan coach pleased with 2015 ICC World Cup preparations August 21, 2014

    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,...