Afghanistan

Afghanistan in IMF talks over plan to sell New Kabul Bank

KABUL - Afghanistan is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a new plan to privatize its loss-making New Kabul Bank after two prior attempts failed to find a suitable buyer, the treasury chief told Reuters on Thursday.

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Suicide bomb strikes top NATO envoy team in Afghanistan 26 Feb 2015

KABUL - A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to NATO's top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person, Turkish officials said. | Video

Avalanches kill 92 in Afghanistan, humanitarian crisis feared 25 Feb 2015

KABUL - More than 90 people have been killed in Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Wednesday, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought.

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U.N. report finds torture still widespread in Afghan jails 25 Feb 2015

KABUL - Afghan authorities tortured or mistreated more than a third of nearly 800 suspected Taliban-linked detainees who human rights investigators were able to interview, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Gunmen in Afghanistan halt buses, seize 30 passengers 24 Feb 2015

KANDAHAR - Unidentified gunmen in southern Afghanistan stopped two buses travelling to the capital, Kabul, and seized around 30 people belonging to the ethnic Hazara minority, a bus company official said on Tuesday.

Two men sentenced to 25 years in plot to attack Americans in Afghanistan 24 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - Two men convicted of seeking to join al Qaeda and training to carry out attacks on Americans in Afghanistan were sentenced on Monday to 25 years in federal prison, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Afghan chief executive backs Taliban peace effort 'in coming days' 23 Feb 2015

KABUL - The head of Afghanistan's power-sharing government lent his support on Monday to a tentative push to begin peace talks with Taliban insurgents, an effort he said "will begin in coming days".

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Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan aged 34 23 Feb 2015

LONDON - Maria Golovnina, Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan who was widely loved and admired for her courage, compassion and professionalism, died in Islamabad on Monday.

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Tough choice for U.S. in Afghanistan's Kandahar province 22 Feb 2015

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - A once bustling military hub at the heart of America's war in southern Afghanistan, Kandahar Air Field seemed destined to quietly shut down this year as part of a U.S. withdrawal that had already thinned its numbers.

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U.S. weighs slowing Afghan withdrawal to ensure 'progress sticks' - Carter 21 Feb 2015

KABUL - The United States is considering slowing a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to ensure that "progress sticks" after more than a decade of war, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Saturday.