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Afghan president moves acting defence minister to head spy agency

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KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a new acting defence minister to replace Masoom Stanekzai, a loyalist ally whom he has shifted to lead the main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

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Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears 03 May 2016

QUETTA, Pakistan A young Afghan fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has fled his home and gone to Pakistan because his family feared he could be kidnapped after he became an unlikely Internet sensation, the boy's uncle said on Tuesday. | Video

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MSF slams major U.N. powers over hospital attacks 03 May 2016

UNITED NATIONS Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres on Tuesday slammed four of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for ties to attacks on hospitals in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan as the council demanded an end to such strikes.

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Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules 01 May 2016

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who faces a potential life sentence for desertion while serving in Afghanistan, should have access to classified material to prepare his defense, a military appeals court has ruled.

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Afghan forces battle to push Taliban from southern highway 01 May 2016

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghan security forces have been battling to push back Taliban fighters seeking to cut off the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, officials said on Sunday as army units worked to clear roadside bombs from the main highway into the town.

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Afghan forces launch push against Taliban 30 Apr 2016

KABUL Government forces have launched operations against the Taliban in 18 provinces of Afghanistan as fighting has intensified since the start of the insurgents' spring offensive this month, the ministry of defence said on Saturday.

Australian aid worker believed kidnapped in Afghanistan 29 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Australia is working closely with the Afghan government to secure the safe return of an Australian aid worker believed to have been kidnapped, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday.

Pakistan says has taken steps to root out militants in Waziristan 27 Apr 2016

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has done its best to root out militants from the Waziristan region, its foreign secretary said on Wednesday, after Afghanistan called for its neighbour to act against the Taliban and other groups aligned to the militants.

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Insight - With Kunduz in crosshairs again, Afghan forces draw on past mistakes 27 Apr 2016

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan Bullet-ridden bunkers and signposts shredded by rockets bear witness to dozens of Taliban attacks this month on police posts around Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that fell briefly in September in the insurgents' biggest victory to date.

Afghan Taliban delegation in Pakistan amid efforts to restart peace process 26 Apr 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL An Afghan Taliban delegation has arrived in Pakistan to meet officials in a bid to restart a stuttering peace process with Kabul, Afghan officials and Taliban leaders said on Tuesday, although it was unclear who the delegation was meeting.