Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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American warplanes dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than at any other time in at least a decade, according to the US Air Force, as Washington intensified attacks in the country amid withdrawal talks with the Taliban.
Mobile operator MTN says it is on track with its plan to realise return of at least R15bn from asset sales over three years.
The mobile phone operator says it conducts its business in a "responsible and compliant manner in all its territories".
Fifteen civilians, including eight children, have been killed when their vehicle hit a land mine in northern Afghanistan, a government official said.
The Taliban has handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.
Hundreds of people were killed or wounded in violence related to Afghanistan's recent presidential election season as the Taliban sought to undermine the democratic process, a UN agency says.
Taliban suicide bombers have killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more in two blasts - one at a campaign rally for the president and the other in Kabul - with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections.
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Candidates jockeying to become Afghanistan's next president lashed out at the incumbent Ashraf Ghani on Monday after deadly violence cast a shadow over the first official day of campaigning.
The Taliban are aiming to reach a withdrawal agreement with the US by the end of January and are prepared to "scale down" military operations ahead of signing the deal, according to their chief spokesman.
While the mobile phone operator says it is still reviewing a complaint filed against it and other companies in a US federal court, it added that it conducts business in a "responsible" and "compliant" manner.
Washington has resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar, both sides said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.
Parisa Haidary gets behind the steering wheel of a mini-bus, kicks off her high heels and with a socked foot presses the accelerator, carefully easing the 10-seater into Kabul's ever-clogged traffic.
At least seven Afghan military personnel have been killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the northern Afghanistan province of Balkh, officials said.
Insurgents worked to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election, with a series of blasts reported across the country as voters headed to the polls and troops flooded the streets of the capital.
Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more in two blasts - one at a campaign rally for the president and the other in Kabul - with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections.
US President Donald Trump hailed progress in negotiations on an Afghanistan peace deal, saying that talks with both the Taliban and the Afghan government are going well.
Two sides have been negotiating in Doha for agreement that would see the US withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
Direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban could begin within the next two weeks, an Afghan official says, marking a potentially crucial step in efforts to end the war.
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