Pakistani cadets ran, jumped from rooftops to flee militants

2016-10-26 07:46

Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy have described chaotic scenes with militants shooting at anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops.

Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets

2016-10-24 06:35

Afghanistan saw a 10% jump in opium cultivation this year because of bumper harvests, collapsing eradication efforts due to growing insecurity and declining international aid to combat drugs, the UN says.

More than 350 000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan

2016-10-19 05:35

More than 350 000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data shows, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue.

Black-clad pilgrims pack Iraq's Karbala for Ashura

2016-10-12 18:24

Huge crowds of black-clad Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims have thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, weeping and beating their chests in mourning for the seventh-century killing of the prophet's grandson.

Taliban attack in southern Afghan city kills 14: officials

2016-10-10 20:53

Taliban insurgents trying to seize a southern Afghan city has killed 14 people including 10 policemen in a coordinated attack which started with a car bombing, officials say.

Battle with Taliban rages on in Kunduz

2016-10-04 10:27

Gunbattles still underway across northern city of Kunduz, a day after Taliban launched fierce attack.

Afghan president, insurgent warlord sign peace agreement

2016-09-29 13:36

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord, pledging to lobby the US and the UN to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists.

Afghanistan: Eight Afghan policemen killed in US strike

2016-09-19 19:19

The US confirmed the air strike, but has said it was carried out in response to a threat to US and Afghan forces.

Global displaced made poor countries' burden - World Bank

2016-09-15 21:01

The overwhelming majority of the world's displaced people, a burgeoning population fed by longterm conflicts, are hosted by developing countries, according to a report released by the World Bank.

Nearly 50 million children 'uprooted' worldwide - Unicef

2016-09-07 21:01

Almost 50 million children throughout the world have been "uprooted" from their homes by war, violence or persecution, the United Nations Children's Fund says.


Afghan Taliban use drone to film suicide attack

2016-10-26 06:48

The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack.

Pakistan wants Kabul to hold peace talks with Taliban

2016-10-20 18:55

Pakistan says it has encouraged Kabul to hold peace talks with the Taliban, saying a recent peace deal between Afghanistan and key militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar can serve as a model for talks with the main insurgent group.

Afghanistan burns five tons of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

2016-10-17 07:47

Afghan authorities have burned around five ton of heroin, hashish, drug-making chemicals and alcohol in a show of their commitment to curbing drug trafficking.

Mourning Afghans mark Ashura hours after shrine attack

2016-10-12 15:55

Grieving worshippers have described desperately trying to shelter their children against a hail of gunfire in Kabul that killed at least 18 people gathering to mark Ashura.

200 000 Afghan refugees return home

2016-10-05 05:22

More than 200 000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated from Pakistan this year, nearly half of them in September alone.

Hospitals under 'unprecedented' attack in war zones

2016-10-03 08:13

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has hit out at the "unprecedented" number of attacks on medical facilities in Syria and Yemen, a year after the deadly bombing of its hospital in Afghanistan killed 42 people.

US air strike reportedly kills 13 Afghan civilians

2016-09-28 21:16

ISIS fighters were the target of an air raid that allegedly killed at least 13 civilians in Achin district.

Naturalised US citizen from Afghanistan sought in NYC blast

2016-09-19 15:50

New York police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in the bombing that rocked a Manhattan neighbourhood.

Snow leopards' return brings hope to remote Afghan region

2016-09-13 20:09

In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink.

Global charity attacked in deadly wave of Kabul violence

2016-09-06 22:53

Taliban militants have attacked an international charity in Kabul during an hours-long assault labelled a "war crime" by Amnesty.

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