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Afghan president says Taliban wouldn't last a month without Pakistan support

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AMRITSAR, India Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that the Taliban insurgency would not survive a month if it lost its sanctuary in neighbouring Pakistan, urging its neighbour to take on militant groups on its soil instead of giving Kabul financial aid.

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India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan 03 Dec 2016

AMRITSAR, India India and Afghanistan are planning to set up an air cargo service to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them, Indian and Afghan officials said on Saturday.

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Europe must brace for new, varied Islamic State attacks - security chief 02 Dec 2016

BRUSSELS Islamic State will attack Europe again, security chiefs warned on Friday, and may add car bombs, cyber and chemical warfare to its local arsenal as European militants drift home after reverses in Syria and Iraq.

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Worsening security forces more Afghan schools to shut 30 Nov 2016

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Afghanistan's worsening security has forced about 1,000 schools to close this year, more than double last year's total, adding to problems that children face in getting an education, officials said.

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Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016, U.N. says 30 Nov 2016

KABUL The number of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan this year has surpassed half a million people, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, the highest number since it began tracking such statistics in 2008.

China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan 30 Nov 2016

BEIJING China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there.

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Under U.S. plan, Afghans may get Black Hawks to replace Russian aircraft 29 Nov 2016

KABUL The U.S. military wants to replace Afghanistan's well-worn fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft, according to a new budget proposal, a decision aimed at reducing the Afghan air force's decades-long reliance on Russian equipment. | Video

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Afghan boy thanks Merkel after call to resign over immigration 29 Nov 2016

HEIDELBERG, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel received two contrasting reactions to her immigration policy on Monday: a tearful thank-you from an Afghan boy, and a call from a party member for her to resign. | Video

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Kabul police raid shisha cafes in 'debauchery' crackdown 27 Nov 2016

KABUL Afghan police and health officials raided cafes and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia in a campaign to halt "debauchery and vulgarity".

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After riot, Bulgaria to send migrants to closed camps, plans extraditions 25 Nov 2016

HARMANLI, Bulgaria Bulgaria will move migrants who clashed with police at a refugee camp to closed camps and hopes to start extraditing some to their native Afghanistan next month, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Friday.