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Afghan officials: Suicide bomber kills at least 19 in Kabul

The Kabul bombing came hours after a roadside bombing killed the top government official of a district in western Farah province.

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Amid threats, Afghanistan’s first female orchestra Zohra ready to perform at WEF in Davos

Zohra, an ensemble of 35 young musicians aged 13 to 20, some orphans or from poor families, will be performing at World Economic Forum in Davos.

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In Afghanistan, mourning women join fight against Islamic State

Nearly all of the Afghan women fighters have lost a husband, son or brother to the Taliban or the newly active Islamic State in the province bordering Turkmenistan.

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Kandahar: At least 9 killed in blast during UAE envoy’s visit, says report

The envoy was also injured in the blast, according to UAE foreign ministry.

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Kabul: Twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital kill 38, wound dozens

The target of the blasts was probably an area that includes government and lawmakers’ offices, according to Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

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China-Pak-Russia talks discuss ‘deteriorating’ Afghan security

Russia and China as the UN Security Council permanent members “confirmed their flexible approach to delisting Afghan individuals from the UN sanctions lists as their contribution to the efforts aimed at launching peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban.”

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India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

Officials say the focus of the air cargo service is to improve landlocked Afghanistan’s connectivity to key markets abroad and boost the growth prospects of its fruit and carpet industries while it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency.

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Decision to halve US troops in Afghanistan may not be made by NATO summit

Former commanders and envoys have warned that it would be a mistake.

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Afghanistan: Islamic State attack kills six police officials in Nangarhar province

IS affiliated insurgents attacked the administrative headquarters in Haska Mina district killing 6 police officers.

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Judith D’Souza’s father: I want my daughter back; efforts on to secure release

“Our embassy is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government is also in touch with her family in Kolkata. All efforts are being made by the Afghan authorities to secure her early release,” an official source said.

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Blast in mosque kills 4, wounds 40: Afghan official

The death toll in the blast is expected to rise as many of the wounded are in a critical condition says Governor of the Afghan Province, Attaullah Khogyani.

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Judith D’Souza: Kolkata woman abducted in Kabul has 15 years experience in social sector

Since 2000, D’Souza has been working actively on gender issues, poverty and environmental conservation with reputed non-profit organizations in India.

Afghanistan: Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul, efforts still on to rescue her

All efforts are being made to ensure the woman’s release in Afghanistan

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US President Barack Obama approves broader role for US forces in Afghanistan against Taliban

The US military was previously allowed to take action against the Taliban “in extremis” – moments when their assistance was needed to prevent a significant Afghan military setback.

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Taliban kills 12, abduct 40 from Afghan highway crossings

The Taliban have stepped up attacks after announcing Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader on May 25.