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When Duke Ellington played Kabul

Friday, September 20th 2013, 1:04
related places: Kabul

When Duke Ellington took his band to play Kabul
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Afghan politician defects to Taliban

Thursday, September 19th 2013, 15:22
related places: Sar-e Pol

A former Afghan senator and district governor has defected to the Taliban in the northern province of Sar-e-Pol, officials tell the BBC.
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Six die near Pakistan-Afghan border

Wednesday, September 18th 2013, 13:04
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

At least six people have been killed in Pakistan in shooting close to the border with Afghanistan, officials say.
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Taliban kill Afghan poll official

Wednesday, September 18th 2013, 8:56

The head of Afghanistan's electoral commission in the northern province of Kunduz dies after being shot by Taliban insurgents.
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UN rights chief fears for Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 17th 2013, 11:46

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay expresses concern that human rights are deteriorating in Afghanistan as foreign troops withdraw from the country.
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Top Afghanistan policewoman dies

Monday, September 16th 2013, 11:48

The most senior policewoman in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province dies a day after being shot by unidentified gunmen.
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Pakistan officers 'killed by Taliban'

Sunday, September 15th 2013, 15:38
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Two senior Pakistani military officers and a soldier are killed by Taliban militants near the border with Afghanistan.
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'At least 27' Afghan miners killed

Sunday, September 15th 2013, 8:11
related places: Samangan

Twenty-seven miners trapped underground are found dead in the northern Afghan province of Samangan, officials confirm to the BBC.
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Afghan Taliban attack US consulate

Friday, September 13th 2013, 8:43
related countries: United States United States
related places: Herat

Security forces put down an attack by Taliban insurgents on the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, which left several dead and 17 injured.
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VIDEO: Afghan blast near US consulate

Friday, September 13th 2013, 3:19
related countries: United States United States
related places: Herat

Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have attacked the US consulate in the western city of Herat.
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In pictures: Afghanistan celebrates football win

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 14:58

Afghans celebrate international football success
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Afghan footballers in historic win

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 16:56
related countries: India India

Afghanistan wins its first international football trophy, beating India 2-0 in the final of the South Asian Football Federation Championship.
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'Many dead' in Afghan roadside bombs

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 14:54

At least 11 people have been killed, including women and children, in two roadside bomb attacks targeting vehicles in separate Afghan provinces.
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Pakistan 'to free Taliban leader'

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 13:41
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Pakistan is to release a top Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in a bid to help the Afghan peace process, reports say.
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Afghan female police officers face uphill battle

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 1:02

The challenges facing policewomen in Afghanistan
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Arrests over Indian diarist's murder

Monday, September 9th 2013, 18:38
related countries: India India

Two people have been held in Afghanistan over the killing of an Indian woman who wrote a memoir about her escape from the Taliban, officials say.
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Taliban hit Afghan intelligence HQ

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 13:23

At least four Afghan intelligence staff are killed when suicide bombers attack offices of the provincial intelligence department in Wardak.
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Abducted female Afghan MP released

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 11:19

Female Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar has been released by her Taliban kidnappers, the militants and Afghan officials say.
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Pakistan 'frees Taliban prisoners'

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 9:43
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Pakistan announces the release of seven Taliban prisoners in what it says is an attempt to advance the Afghan peace process.
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VIDEO: Afghan gunmen kill Indian diarist

Friday, September 6th 2013, 4:04
related countries: India India

An Indian woman, who wrote a popular memoir about her escape from the Taliban, has been shot dead in Afghanistan by suspected militants, police say.
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Afghan gunmen kill Indian diarist

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 14:31
related countries: India India

An Indian woman, who wrote a popular memoir about her escape from the Taliban, is shot dead in Afghanistan by suspected militants, police say.
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Shia mosque attacked in Kabul

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 5:52
related places: Kabul

At least two worshippers have been injured after two men armed with assault rifles and knives attacked a Shia mosque early on Thursday, officials say.
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UK general: Afghan forces effective

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 3:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Nato's second-in-command in Afghanistan, UK Gen John Lorimer, tells the BBC that local troops are an "effective force" despite rising casualties.
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VIDEO: Asylum seekers living in limbo

Wednesday, September 4th 2013, 4:57
related countries: Australia Australia, Iran Iran, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Every year, thousands of asylum seekers leave Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Iran to make the dangerous and illegal journey across the sea to Australia.
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Afghan police held over child deaths

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 20:29

Eight policemen are arrested in northern Afghanistan, accused of killing six children when they fired rockets into a pond to catch fish.
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Taliban bombers attack US base

Monday, September 2nd 2013, 10:45
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States
related places: Taliban

Taliban militants attack a US base in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a lengthy gun battle in which three insurgents were killed.
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VIDEO: Afghan politics a 'man's world'

Sunday, September 1st 2013, 6:44

In Afghanistan, a female politician who escaped an assassination attempt in the south of the country says she fully intends to return to work.
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Afghanistan bank attack kills five

Saturday, August 31st 2013, 8:39
related places: Kandahar

A suicide bomber kills five people and injures around 20 outside a bank in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
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Australia military in Afghan probe

Friday, August 30th 2013, 8:48
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia's military is investigating an incident in which troops allegedly mutilated an insurgent in Afghanistan, a media report says.
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Suicide blast kills Afghan official

Friday, August 30th 2013, 7:47

A suicide bomber has killed a district governor and six others at a memorial service in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, officials say.
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Karzai condemns Afghan attacks

Tuesday, August 27th 2013, 16:04
related places: Herat

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemns the killing of 12 civilians in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
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US soldier awarded Medal of Honor

Monday, August 26th 2013, 19:12
related countries: United States United States
related places: Honor

US President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to a soldier for heroism during an Afghan battle that lasted more than six hours.
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Karzai calls for Pakistan peace role

Monday, August 26th 2013, 15:07
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Islamabad, Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urges Pakistan "to facilitate peace talks" between his country and the Taliban during a brief visit to Islamabad.
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Afghan massacre soldier given life

Friday, August 23rd 2013, 20:50
related countries: United States United States

Robert Bales, the US soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers last year, is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Afghan massacre US soldier 'sorry'

Thursday, August 22nd 2013, 20:44
related countries: United States United States

Robert Bales, the US soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers, apologises for the "act of cowardice" as he makes his case for release one day.
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Afghan massacre victim eyes killer

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 23:45
related countries: United States United States

A US soldier who killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan is confronted by one of the survivors, as his sentencing hears graphic details of the massacre.
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VIDEO: Circus school brings hope to young Afghans

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 20:24

A charity in Afghanistan is teaching young boys and girls traumatised by years of conflict circus skills to help them develop a sense of confidence and learn the value of teamwork.
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VIDEO: Afghans celebrate football victory

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 17:37
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kabul, There

There have been joyous scenes in Kabul after Afghanistan's footballers beat Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match - the first international game played in the capital for a decade.
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Afghan footballers defeat Pakistan

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 16:26
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghanistan's footballers beat Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match - the first international to be held in Kabul in a decade.
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VIDEO: Football fever at Afghan match

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 15:15
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kabul

Afghanistan's footballers have triumphed over Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match, the first international game played in Kabul in a decade.
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Attack on Afghanistan camp kills 10

Saturday, August 17th 2013, 9:43

Nine building contractors and a policeman have been killed by insurgents in an attack on a camp in western Afghanistan, officials say.
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No 10 lobbied on Afghan interpreters

Wednesday, August 14th 2013, 11:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Campaigners deliver a petition to Downing Street calling for Afghan interpreters who work with UK forces to be allowed to settle in Britain.
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Woman MP abducted in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 14th 2013, 1:10
related places: Kabul

The Taliban have kidnapped a female Afghan MP as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, the authorities say.
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VIDEO: Afghanistan flash floods kill 22

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 17:41
related places: Kabul

Flash floods in Afghanistan's Kabul province have killed 22 people, according to officials.
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Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 14:46

Three Nato soldiers have been killed in an attack by insurgents in the Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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Deadly flash floods hit Afghanistan

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 13:33
related places: Kabul

Flooding following a weekend of heavy rains kills 22 people in Afghanistan's Kabul province, many of them women and children, officials say.
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Bomb kills Afghan cemetery visitors

Thursday, August 8th 2013, 14:00

A bomb kills 12 women and two children in eastern Afghanistan as they visit a grave on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
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Taliban leader vows no power grab

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 10:03

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says that his fighters will not seek to monopolise power when foreign troops withdraw next year.
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VIDEO: Flood death toll rises in South Asia

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 6:32
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Torrential monsoons across eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed at least 100 people, and destroyed hundreds of homes.
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VIDEO: South Asia flood death toll rises

Monday, August 5th 2013, 11:25
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Torrential monsoon rains across eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan have killed at least 100 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
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Afghan market blast 'kills four'

Monday, August 5th 2013, 10:08
related places: Kandahar

Afghan officials say at least four people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in an explosion at a market in the city of Kandahar.
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Dozens die in S Asia monsoon floods

Sunday, August 4th 2013, 16:46
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A storm system brings torrential rain to eastern Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, causing floods which have killed at least 80 people.
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Afghan attack targets Indian mission

Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 12:58
related countries: India India
related places: Jalalabad

Suicide bombers target the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians, police say.
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VIDEO: The woman flying high in Afghanistan

Friday, August 2nd 2013, 22:48

The first female aeroplane pilot in Afghanistan has qualified as the country boosts its military forces, including a new Air Force.
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Nato probes Afghan police deaths

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 15:58

An investigation is launched by Nato into the deaths of at least five Afghan policemen mistakenly killed in an airstrike in the east of the country.
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Wikileaks 'strained' US-Afghan ties

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 1:10
related countries: United States United States

The Wikileaks disclosures strained US-Afghan ties, a retired US Army general says at the sentencing hearing of Pte First Class Bradley Manning.
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VIDEO: The Afghans too scared to go outside

Wednesday, July 31st 2013, 16:56

The United Nations has reported an increase in the number of Afghan civilian deaths this year, compared with the same period last year.
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Bird hunters 'emptying Afghan skies'

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 0:38

Why Afghanistan may soon have little left to catch
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VIDEO: Afghan birds at risk from hunters

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 0:33

Large numbers of migratory birds are being killed in Afghanistan every year as more people take up the centuries-old pastime of bird-hunting, environmentalists have warned.
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NZ denies helping US spy on reporter

Monday, July 29th 2013, 15:45
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand, United States United States

New Zealand officials deny a report that its military conspired with US spy agencies to monitor a freelance journalist in Afghanistan.
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UK soldiers assist Afghan operation

Sunday, July 28th 2013, 12:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British soldiers return to an area of Afghanistan they defended until 2010 to assist Afghan troops fighting Taliban insurgents.
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Why are Afghans afraid of 2014?

Thursday, July 25th 2013, 5:42

Gloom, helplessness, uncertainty grip Afghanistan
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Isaf soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013, 9:58

Three members of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force are killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, the force says.
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Afghan MPs vote to sack minister

Monday, July 22nd 2013, 15:12

Afghanistan's parliament votes to replace Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang, accusing him of failing to tackle insecurity.
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Eight Afghan labourers shot dead

Thursday, July 18th 2013, 6:57
related countries: United States United States

Eight Afghan labourers who were on their way to work at a US military base in Logar province are shot dead, local officials say.
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VIDEO: Afghan prosecutor shot by gunmen

Wednesday, July 17th 2013, 22:23

The BBC's defence correspondent, Jonathan Beale has been to Kandahar Province - to speak to commanders on both sides of the conflict as attacks targeting people linked to the government continue
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The fears of a tortured Afghan child bride

Monday, July 15th 2013, 13:14

Afghan child bride dismayed as her torturers walk free
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Inquiry as Afghan escapes custody

Monday, July 15th 2013, 11:51

An investigation is launched after an Afghan soldier who was recently been jailed for firing on Nato troops manages to escape from custody.
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Soldier suicides exceed Afghan toll

Sunday, July 14th 2013, 7:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting in Afghanistan, the BBC's Panorama learns.
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UK packs up equipment in Afghanistan

Friday, July 12th 2013, 23:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The challenge of moving military equipment out of Helmand
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