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News: Afghanistan

We have started to collect the most important news related to Afghanistan in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

World news related to Afghanistan – overview

Afghanistan: news

Video shows Afghan hostage beheaded

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 9:38

Militants who kidnapped 31 people from a bus in Afghanistan release a video showing one of the hostages being beheaded.
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VIDEO: Afghan government 'failing women'

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 8:19

Amnesty International has said the Afghan government is not doing enough to support those who stand up for women's rights in the country.
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Empty cabinet a year after Afghan vote

Monday, April 6th 2015, 23:39

Afghanistan still without a full government one year after elections
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VIDEO: Struggle to fill Afghan government

Monday, April 6th 2015, 16:21

One year on from the presidential election in Afghanistan, officials are still trying to agree on cabinet appointments.
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Taliban publish Mullah Omar biography

Sunday, April 5th 2015, 15:01

The Afghan Taliban publish a surprise biography of the reclusive Mullah Mohammed Omar, to mark his 19th year as their supreme leader.
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Afghan suicide bomb blast kills 16

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 12:27

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials say.
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Why I am ashamed to be a man in Afghanistan

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 1:16

Afghan lynching triggers one man's guilt
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Taliban-swap US soldier charged

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 20:11
related countries: United States United States

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years before a controversial prisoner swap, is charged with desertion.
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Afghan leader praises US sacrifice

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 17:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told the Congress his country owes the US a "profound debt" for its military sacrifices.
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US to slow Afghan troops withdrawal

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 19:33
related countries: United States United States

The US will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, delaying plans for withdrawal, the White House has said.
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Protests grow over Afghan lynching

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 16:48
related places: Kabul

More than 2,000 people march in Kabul to demand justice for Farkhunda, 28, an Afghan woman beaten to death by a mob last week.
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Gunmen kill 13 in Afghan road attack

Tuesday, March 24th 2015, 8:15

Gunmen attack vehicles on a road in eastern Afghanistan, shooting dead at least 13 people they took off a bus, local officials say.
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Woman lynched 'for speaking out'

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 18:34

An Afghan woman who was lynched after being falsely accused of burning the Koran was killed for tackling superstitious practices, eyewitnesses say.
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Visiting Afghan leader praises US

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 16:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington

In his first official visit to Washington, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani praises the US for the commitment shown to his country over 14 years.
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VIDEO: Woman killed 'for speaking her mind'

Monday, March 23rd 2015, 13:55
related places: Kabul

The family of a young woman beaten to death in Afghanistan say the police did not do enough to protect her. The woman, Farkhunda, was killed by an angry mob after a mullah at a shrine in Kabul accused her of trying to burn the Koran.
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Women help bury Kabul mob victim

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 13:54
related places: Kabul

Women break Afghan funeral customs to help bury a woman killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge of burning the Koran.
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Viewpoint: A clean Afghanistan slate

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 0:30
related countries: United States United States

Does Ghani visit signals start of better US-Afghan relations?
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Inquiry into Afghan woman's killing

Friday, March 20th 2015, 14:02

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders an inquiry after a mob beat a woman to death and burned her body for allegedly setting fire to the Koran.
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Afghan lynched 'after burning Koran'

Thursday, March 19th 2015, 17:38
related places: Kabul

An Afghan woman is lynched by a crowd in the Afghan capital Kabul after reportedly burning a copy of the Koran, police say.
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Service honours UK Afghan war effort

Friday, March 13th 2015, 16:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Queen and many veterans attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate the end of British involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
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England bow out with nine-wicket win

Friday, March 13th 2015, 11:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England's miserable World Cup campaign ends with a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in a rain-hit game in Sydney.
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VIDEO: Troops 'paid the ultimate sacrifice'

Friday, March 13th 2015, 10:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has paid tribute to the 453 British soldiers killed during service in Afghanistan for their "ultimate sacrifice".
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Afghan president salutes UK war dead

Friday, March 13th 2015, 9:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan's president pays tribute to the British soldiers who died in the country, ahead of services to mark the end of the UK's involvement in the war.
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Artist in hiding after 'iron underwear' stunt

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 12:34

Afghan woman artist in hiding after metal bodysuit protest
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VIDEO: In hiding because of a costume

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 11:06

An Afghan artist has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats for dressing in a metal suit showing the female form.
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The man who helped blow up the Bamiyan Buddhas

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 0:56

The man who helped to blow up Afghanistan's Buddhas
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VIDEO: Concern over Afghan Sufi attack

Wednesday, March 11th 2015, 9:06
related places: Kabul

Afghan police are investigating the murder of 11 Sufi men in Kabul at the weekend.
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Probe into rare Kabul mosque attack

Tuesday, March 10th 2015, 17:36
related places: Kabul

Police in Afghanistan are investigating a rare shooting at a Sufi minority mosque in Kabul which left 11 people dead during evening prayers.
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VIDEO: A female taxi driver... in Afghanistan

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 8:28

Afghanistan is one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman and despite some improvements in recent years, many still struggle to find work.
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Vettori spins Kiwis past Afghanistan

Sunday, March 8th 2015, 5:07
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand make it five World Cup wins from five as a six-wicket win eliminates Afghanistan from quarter-final contention.
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VIDEO: Pakistan 'holds the key to talks'

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 16:21
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan's defence minister has told the BBC that his country will do whatever it can to bring the Afghan-Taliban to talks with Afghanistan's government.
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Australia win with record Cup score

Wednesday, March 4th 2015, 13:52
related countries: Australia Australia, India India

Australia post a World Cup record total as they beat Afghanistan by the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.
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Afghan president sacks police chiefs

Monday, March 2nd 2015, 18:40

Twenty-seven senior Afghan police officers are sacked as part an anti-corruption drive by President Ashraf Ghani.
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New avalanches strike Afghanistan

Sunday, March 1st 2015, 14:50

Fresh avalanches hit Afghanistan's Panjshir valley closing off areas already difficult to reach, local officials say, after the death of scores of people.
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Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?

Friday, February 27th 2015, 2:08

Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?
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Thursday, February 26th 2015, 18:02

Afghan rescuers are searching for dozens of people believed to be trapped under snow after a series of avalanches that killed at least 187 people.
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VIDEO: Avalanches kill 150 in Afghanistan

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 17:24

Officials in Afghanistan say at least 150 people have died after a series of devastating avalanches.
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Scotland 'must get over defeat'

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 13:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Scotland will need time to get over the disappointment of their World Cup defeat by Afghanistan, says captain Preston Mommsen.
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Kabul bomb hits Turkish embassy car

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 10:38
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Kabul

A suicide attack on a Turkish embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital, Kabul, kills at least one, local officials say.
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'Harassment' drives Afghan refugees from Pakistan

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 8:00
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Afghan refugees 'driven out' after Pakistan school attack
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Afghanistan shock Scotland in thriller

Thursday, February 26th 2015, 6:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan claim their first World Cup victory with a thrilling one-wicket win over Scotland with three balls to spare.
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VIDEO: Many killed in Afghan avalanches

Wednesday, February 25th 2015, 21:48
related places: Kabul

Around 100 people have been killed in avalanches in Panjshir province, north of the capital, Kabul.
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Scores killed in Afghan avalanches

Wednesday, February 25th 2015, 15:57

At least 90 people are killed and 100 homes destroyed in a series of avalanches in Afghanistan's mountainous Panjshir province, officials say.
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Gunmen kidnap 30 Afghan Hazaras

Tuesday, February 24th 2015, 17:37
related countries: Iran Iran

Masked gunmen in southern Afghanistan abduct 30 ethnic Hazara men who were travelling by bus from neighbouring Iran.
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Servicemen 'killed by friendly fire'

Monday, February 23rd 2015, 16:34
related countries: Denmark Denmark, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two UK servicemen were killed in Afghanistan when they were hit by an anti-tank missile attack ordered by a Danish commander, an inquest hears.
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Sri Lanka avoid Afghanistan shock

Sunday, February 22nd 2015, 5:56
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene's century helps Sri Lanka avoid a shock defeat by Afghanistan in Pool A of the World Cup.
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New US defence chief in Afghanistan

Saturday, February 21st 2015, 3:17
related countries: United States United States

New US Defence Secretary Ash Carter arrives in Afghanistan, days after taking up the post, saying he wants "lasting success" for the country.
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Afghanistan lose on World Cup debut

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 11:16
related countries: Australia Australia, Bangladesh Bangladesh
related places: Canberra

Afghanistan's debut World Cup match ends in defeat as Bangladesh are victorious by 105 runs in Canberra.
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Afghan civilian deaths rise sharply

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 9:38

The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan increased by over 22% last year, latest UN figures say.
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Afghan police killed in Taliban raid

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 12:44

An attack by four Taliban suicide bombers at the police headquarters in the Afghan city of Pul-i-Alam has killed 20 people and injured eight others.
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VIDEO: A taste of Kabul's first chip shop

Sunday, February 15th 2015, 6:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Kabul

The first British fish and chip shop has opened in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, serving up a taste of the UK to locals.
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How to save Afghanistan's elections

Saturday, February 14th 2015, 6:23

Afghans in Catch-22 situation with electoral reform
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VIDEO: Afghan women hitting the saddle

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 12:32

A group of young Afghan women challenge the stereotypes of their nation by training to compete in cycle races.
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Drone 'kills Afghan IS commander'

Monday, February 9th 2015, 15:10

A drone strike in Afghanistan has killed former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently swore allegiance to Islamic State, officials say.
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Pakistan trains Afghan army cadets

Friday, February 6th 2015, 11:58
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Six Afghan army cadets report for training in Pakistan, another sign of increased cooperation between the two neighbours.
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Suicide bomber hits Afghan funeral

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 14:09

At least 12 people are killed in a suicide attack on a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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Afghan economy stagnates amid political deadlock

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 2:25

Political vacuum leaves Afghan businesses feeling blocked
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Afghan cabinet's birthing troubles

Saturday, January 24th 2015, 1:22

Why Afghanistan still has no government
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Afghan journalists face increasing danger - report

Wednesday, January 21st 2015, 5:31

Afghan journalists face increasing dangers
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New cabinet blow for Afghan leader

Monday, January 19th 2015, 19:00

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani suffers another setback as he seeks to form a cabinet almost four months after taking office
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Wanted Afghan nominee denies charges

Sunday, January 18th 2015, 17:12
related countries: Estonia Estonia

Afghanistan's nominee for agriculture minister, who is on Interpol's most-wanted list, denies charges of fraud and tax evasion from his time in Estonia.
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Afghan nominee on 'most-wanted' list

Saturday, January 17th 2015, 21:43

The Afghan president's office investigates after it emerges that President Ashraf Ghani's nominee for agriculture minister is on Interpol's most-wanted list.
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Afghan arrests over school attack

Wednesday, January 14th 2015, 14:46
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Peshawar

Five men suspected of involvement in the massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, are arrested across the border in Afghanistan.
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Viewpoint: Ghani needs Pakistan help with Taliban talks

Tuesday, January 13th 2015, 18:05
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Why Kabul needs Pakistan's help for dialogue with militants
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Islamic State 'recruiting Afghan fighters'

Monday, January 12th 2015, 18:20

Are Afghans swapping the Taliban white flag for Islamic State black?
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Afghan unity government announced

Monday, January 12th 2015, 12:27

An Afghan government of unity is announced after months of negotiations between new President Ashraf Ghani and defeated rival Abdullah Abdullah.
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Former Afghanistan coach stabbed

Sunday, January 11th 2015, 14:13
related places: Kabul

A former Afghanistan team coach is in hospital after being stabbed near his home outside Kabul, according to police.
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Taliban 'turn down Afghan posts'

Friday, January 9th 2015, 9:36

The Taliban have been offered posts in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's new government but have turned them down, the BBC understands.
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VIDEO: Deadlock over Afghan government

Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 7:10

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the new Afghan president in September 2014 but he has still not formed a cabinet.
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