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Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan freed

SYDNEY/KABUL An Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan four months ago was freed following a raid by Afghan special forces near the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said on Monday.

Taliban fighters overrun district in eastern Afghanistan 27 Aug 2016

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Taliban insurgents overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, killing and wounding dozens of police and soldiers and threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.

Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries 26 Aug 2016

BEIJING Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy.

American guitarist uses music as healing force in Kabul 26 Aug 2016

KABUL Strumming their guitars and clapping together, American musician Lanny Cordola and his Afghan pupils sing a Bob Marley tune as they sit on a hill in Kabul. | Video

American guitarist uses music as healing force in Kabul 26 Aug 2016

KABUL Strumming their guitars and clapping together, American musician Lanny Cordola and his Afghan pupils sing a Bob Marley tune as they sit on a hill in Kabul. | Video

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American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning 26 Aug 2016

KABUL/ISLAMABAD With its spacious, leafy campus, foreign professors and English-language MBAs, the American University in Kabul offers young Afghan students the kind of Western-style education unimaginable for most of their peers.

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, coalition says 23 Aug 2016

LASHKAR GAH A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier in Helmand, a province in southern Afghanistan that has seen an upsurge in violence in recent weeks.

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Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye 23 Aug 2016

NEW DELHI India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight Islamist militants, Kabul's envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west.

Pakistani forces kill six in new offensive near Afghan border 22 Aug 2016

ISLAMABAD Pakistani security forces have killed six people in a remote northwestern valley near the Afghan border in a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area, the military said.

Taliban make further gains in Afghan north 20 Aug 2016

KABUL The Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said.