Asia

Afghan soap factory helps former female addicts stay clean

Kabul venture seen as lifeline in patriarchal country that grows roughly 90 percent of the world's illicit opium.

Afghan soap factory helps former female addicts stay clean

Afghanistan

CIA-backed Afghan forces possibly committing war crimes: HRW

In a damning report, Human Rights Watch says night raids and aerial strikes have led to mounting civilian casualties.

CIA-backed Afghan forces possibly committing war crimes: HRW

Pakistan

US Afghan peace envoy Khalilzad wraps up Pakistan visit

Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the Afghan peace process in meetings with PM Khan and Pakistan's army chief.

US Afghan peace envoy Khalilzad wraps up Pakistan visit

Taliban

Young people, including Taliban youth, must be heard: UN envoy

Aisha Khurram said the younger generation's concerns have been shunned even as they inherit the conflict.

Young people, including Taliban youth, must be heard: UN envoy

Afghanistan

US Afghan peace envoy takes push for peace to Pakistan

During their meeting on Monday, Pakistan PM called on all sides in Afghanistan's protracted war to reduce the violence.

US Afghan peace envoy takes push for peace to Pakistan

Afghanistan

Afghan, Pakistani forces clash on border, three civilians killed

The two countries often trade accusations that each side is firing across the border.

Afghan, Pakistani forces clash on border, three civilians killed

Afghanistan

More than 350,000 Afghans displaced in 2019: UN report

Mass displacement takes place as Afghan forces continue to battle Taliban and ISIL fighters.

More than 350,000 Afghans displaced in 2019: UN report

Afghanistan

Afghanistan preliminary election results delayed until November

Polls took place in September but election commission says 'cannot accept sacrificing transparency for speed'.

Afghanistan preliminary election results delayed until November

Afghanistan

Afghan, US forces kill over 80 Taliban fighters, officials say

Air raids conducted in Kandahar and Faryab provinces as US envoy arrives in country following collapse of talks.

Afghan, US forces kill over 80 Taliban fighters, officials say

Polio

WHO welcomes 'historic step' in fight against polio

The UN health agency says a second strain of polio virus eradicated, meaning only polio type 1 still circulating.

WHO welcomes 'historic step' in fight against polio

Taliban

China invites Taliban, Afghan officials for two-day talks

Beijing to host conference following collapse of the talks between Taliban and the US.

China invites Taliban, Afghan officials for two-day talks

Asia

US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper

Reducing the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan was goal of recent talks between the US and the Taliban.

Afghanistan

Taliban attack kills at least 15 policemen in north Afghanistan

Multi-pronged attack on checkpoint in Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province set off hours-long deadly shootout.

Taliban attack kills at least 15 policemen in north Afghanistan

Afghanistan

US defence chief in Afghanistan to help revive stalled talks

Esper tells reporters that he believes the US can reduce its forces without hurting the 'counter-terrorism' fight.

US defence chief in Afghanistan to help revive stalled talks

Afghanistan

Afghan preliminary vote results delayed due to 'technical issues'

About 2.7 million of Afghanistan's 9.6 million registered voters cast ballots in the September 28 first-round poll.

Afghan preliminary vote results delayed due to 'technical issues'