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Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

11:58am BST

KABUL Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents were minor and the truce could still hold.

Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension

26 May 2020

KABUL The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set to end at midnight. | Video

Afghan president and rival strike power-sharing deal after months of feuding

17 May 2020

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate, Ghani's spokesman said on Sunday, a step that could smooth efforts to end the country's long-running war. | Video

Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State

15 May 2020

KABUL Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a U.S. assertion that it was carried out by Islamic State militants. | Video

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

13 May 2020

KABUL After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning 'hope' in Dari.

Newborns among 16 dead in Kabul hospital attack; 24 killed in funeral bombing

13 May 2020

KABUL/JALALABAD Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. | Video

Exclusive: Large number of COVID-19 cases among Afghan medics spark alarm in Kabul

08 May 2020

KABUL/MUMBAI More than a third of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Afghan capital have been among doctors and other healthcare staff, two senior health officials said on Thursday, in a sign that the war-torn country is struggling to deal with the pandemic.

Afghan rivals say they're close to ending leadership feud

02 May 2020

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah are close to resolving a standoff over last year's disputed presidential election that has threatened a U.S.-brokered peace process, both sides said on Saturday.

Taliban step up attacks on Afghan forces since signing U.S. deal - data

01 May 2020

KABUL/MUMBAI The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown, according to data seen by Reuters.

Taliban increase attacks on Afghan forces since signing US deal - data

01 May 2020

KABUL/MUMBAI, May 1 The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown, according to data seen by Reuters.

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