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Orooj Hakimi

No going back to Taliban repression, Afghan businesswomen say

07 Aug 2019

KABUL Businesswomen in Afghanistan are adamant that there will be no going back to the days of repression under the Taliban, and the progress women have made over the past 18 years will not be reversed.

Letterbox campaign helps Afghans cope with silent war of mental health

24 Jul 2019

KABUL Hundreds of Afghans, weary of war and unsure of the future, have joined a letter-writing campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and, with it, the fate of their country.

Six killed, 105 wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul

01 Jul 2019

KABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday. | Video

Fighting rages across Afghanistan as peace talks continue

30 Jun 2019

KABUL Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 19 people in an attack on a government office on Saturday night, officials said, in the latest episode of violence in Afghanistan as peace talks continue to end the war.

Kabul attack on aid group ends; four killed, dozens wounded

08 May 2019

KABUL Afghan forces fought for hours against Taliban insurgents who killed at least four civilians and wounding dozens more when they stormed an aid organisation in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, security officials said.

UPDATE 1-Don't tell us to halt the violence, tell the Americans, Afghan Taliban say

03 May 2019

KABUL, May 3 The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead, the Taliban said on Friday.

Women singers test limits, signal Afghanistan's changing times

04 Apr 2019

KABUL Soria Hussaini was not sure what would happen when she decided to perform the first Kabul street concert by a woman in recent memory.

Pakistan-India tensions ground Afghan travellers

02 Apr 2019

KABUL Airspace restrictions in Pakistan due to simmering tensions with India have caused airfares to spike for Afghans who travel for medical treatment, education and business.

Abuse allegations leave Afghanistan women's soccer team in tatters

30 Mar 2019

KABUL Allegations of sexual abuse of members of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team by sport officials have resulted in missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out, taunts and entreaties from parents to their daughters to quit playing.

Defying threats, Afghan singer Aryana comes home for women

16 Mar 2019

KABUL, Afghanistan Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan's most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures scrutiny right down to her choice of clothes.

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