Humanitarian crises

Yemen to face worst humanitarian crisis of 2019: UN

Some 132 million people in 42 countries will need assistance next year, with Yemen topping the list, UN says.

Yemen to face worst humanitarian crisis of 2019: UN

Afghanistan

Young tech-savvy Afghans switch to online shopping

Afghans shun crowded bazaars to shop online, but fragile security and an old address system complicate business.

Young tech-savvy Afghans switch to online shopping

Asia

Women, children among '23 Afghans killed in US attack'

A vast majority of the victims in the Helmand attack were women and children, according to a UN investigation.

Afghanistan: Women, children among 23 killed in US attack: UN

Afghanistan

Afghan Hazaras slaughtered and Australian families want action

Even safely resettled in Australia, the spectre of Taliban violence still haunts the targeted minority group.

Afghan Hazaras slaughtered and Australian families want action

Afghanistan

At least 10 dead in attack on G4S site in Kabul: health ministry

Officials say 19 others were injured after a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a security compound in the capital city.

At least 10 dead in attack on G4S site in Kabul: health ministry

Asia

Afghan president forms team for Taliban peace talks

Ashraf Ghani's peace offer comes as US has begun to engage Taliban in talks to end 17-year-old war.

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban

Asia

Afghan conference seeks solidarity for reforms

Afghanistan's president says the time to invest in his country is now, while the UN warns his country is on the brink of famine.

Afghanistan

EU signs assistance package for Afghanistan worth $535m in Geneva

Aid will support public sector reform, healthcare, elections as well as migration and displacement challenges.

EU signs assistance package for Afghanistan worth $535m in Geneva

Afghanistan

Afghan militia commander freed after 'several killed' in protests

Arrest of Alipur, an anti-Taliban commander from the Shia Hazara minority accused of abuses, triggered violent protests.

Afghan militia commander freed after 'several killed' in protests

Afghanistan

Kabul to seek support for Afghan-led peace plan in Geneva talks

A two-day international conference in the Swiss city comes at a time when US is seeking a peace deal with the Taliban.

Asia

Pakistan's Pashtuns get rights, will it lead to peace?

Pakistan finally grants full rights to Pashtuns who have been governed by colonial-era laws for more than a century.

Pakistan's Pashtuns get rights, will it lead to peace?

Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban kills at least 20 policemen in Farah

Convoy of police officers was on its way to a district in western Farah province when it came under attack.

Afghanistan: Taliban kills police officers in Farah province raid

Witness

A Thousand Girls Like Me: An Afghan Woman's Fight Against Rape

Khatera is determined to bring the father who raped her to justice even as family members threaten to kill her.

Afghanistan

Deadly blast hits mosque inside Afghan army base

At least 26 dead and 50 others wounded following a blast that hit a base of the Afghan army, officials say.

Deadly blast hits mosque inside Afghan army base

Asia

Record casualties take toll on Afghanistan forces

Since 2015, nearly 30,000 Afghan soldiers and police have been killed, President Ashraf Ghani revealed this month.

'Will never rejoin': Record casualties take toll on Afghan forces