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An explosion rocked near the Justice Ministry building, in the central part of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, leaving six dead and many injured. The explosives packed in a Toyota Corolla car were detonated in the parking area of the Ministry of Justice’s offices in PD2 district. According to Afghan news channel Tolo, at least 5 people are believed to have been killed and 42 wounded in the blast. The number of casualties are expected to rise as many of those injured are reportedly in critical condition. The spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Ismail Kahossi, said

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A court in Afghanistan has sentenced 11 policemen to one year jail term for failing to stop the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning the Koran. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi on Tuesday found the officers guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to prevent the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death at a shrine in the Afghan capital on 19 March in a case that prompted outrage around the country, AP reported. The 11 policemen were found guilty of failing to do their duties, while, eight other

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An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude jolted Nepal today afternoon at 12.35 pm. Tremors were also felt across North India including, Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reuters reported that the quake’s epicentre was close to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Tremors caused panic among the People in Kathmandu, who immediately rushed outdoors for safety. However, there were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties. The USGS has also reported about another quake with its epicentre in Afghanistan measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.

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At least 33 people were killed and a hundred injured in a suicide bomb attack outside a bank in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan on Saturday. Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

In an official statement, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the attack on civilians.

“Carrying out terrorist attacks in cities and public places are the most cowardly acts of terror by terrorists targeting innocent civilians,” President Ghani said.

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Six months after the formation of Afghanistan’s National Unity Government, security remains the number one concern in Kabul. But while relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have improved, internal divisions threaten the weak coalition. Mark Mistry assesses the status quo.

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani at a meeting in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan on July 5, 2011. (Photograph by S.K. Vemmer/Department of State) Numerous attacks over the past few weeks have signalled the beginning of the traditional summer ‘fighting season,’ with the Taliban making its presence felt throughout the country. Scores have been killed and injured, including in the capital, Kabul, where the remaining expatriates cower behind their blast walls and obey the strict instructions of their security advisers not to venture outside. For citizens, life is bleak, with the United Nations reporting 2014 as the deadliest since it began recording civilian

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Dead bodies being carried away from the site of a suicide attack on the Indian consulate in Herat in May.   Away from the ballot box, the bullet still rules in Afghanistan. A recent attack on Kabul airport has renewed fears over the capital’s vulnerability at a time when swathes of Helmand have returned to Taliban control. Meanwhile, across the border in Pakistan, the Army’s media wing continues its positive tone despite widespread acknowledgement that its air and ground operation, Zarb-e-Azb, against militants in North Waziristan Agency, began after many it sought to snare had made good their escape. Pakistan’s

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Markus Obstmeier in Kabul. Some may say the world is huge, others claim the world is small but what is certain is that it is treasurable with all its diversity. With travel it is more accessible to people and far flung places are now more reachable for people. I travel extensively as learning from different cultures enriches me the most. One country and culture that has long held my curiosity due to its rich ancient history, wild and untamed landscapes, mountain ranges, different ethnic groups and its mixed history of eastern and western influence is Afghanistan. The central Asian land

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Syria is going through one of the world’s deadly conflicts – this civil war, which began as the “Jasmine Revolution” Arab uprising started in March 2011 it spilled over from Tunisia, the countrywide protests against president Bashar al-Assad’s government began. The Arab uprising was instigated by the dissatisfaction by populations of the ruling governments, dictatorships, corruption, and monarch rule.  Assad’s regime which has been in power for over 40 years, responded with deadly crackdowns against the armed rebellion. The Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, both have been fighting the regime’s troops. Last year, Hezbollah also stepped in to

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In this interview, The Kashmir Walla, speaks to the Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times Daily, Hamidullah Arefi, who is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Arefi speaks about the recent elections, effect of Pakistan’s internal conflicts on the country’s political scenario and also the rising threats of foreign invasions, in past or in future. Hamidullah Arefi Can you tell us about this year’s elections, its current standing and about the acceptance of political Taliban members being in the parliament? We have passed two rounds of elections successfully with the high turnout of voters. It was a move toward institutionalization of

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Development is enabling safety and security so that people can go about their in everyday lives. In areas of the world prone to conflict, such as the region of Balochistan, civil violence, terrorism, fragmented systems of power and the reduced capabilities of government authorities such as police or military makes it difficult for outsiders, and particularly Western associated organisations, to operate. Many programs within this region prove to be dismal failures, or perceived by locals as token efforts. Diaspora driven development projects in the region could have a positive impact on development in Balochistan. In this short article I describe

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