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Afghanistan has begun its Covid-19 vaccination campaign after receiving 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shot from India earlier this month.

Comment: If the Biden administration is to avoid a new spiral of violence after a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, it must first determine what will come after, writes Carl Bildt.

NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in Iraq

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NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in Iraq

NATO said it hadn't made a final decision on its future in Afghanistan, but decided to expand its Iraq mission.

Iran's Zarif calls for 'all-inclusive' Afghan government

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Iran's Zarif calls for 'all-inclusive' Afghan government

The visit comes as peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban resumed in early January in the Qatari capital Doha, meant ...

Biden urged to secure release of American in Afghanistan

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Biden urged to secure release of American in Afghanistan

Family members and supporters of an American contractor abducted in Afghanistan have called on the Biden administration to secure his release.

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Afghanistan's Ghani urges Biden to up pressure on Taliban

The Afghanistan government is urging the US not to withdraw too swiftly, as the Taliban remains a threat.

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Afghan officials welcome Biden plan to review US-Taliban deal

The Biden administration said it will review last year's deal with the Taliban amid suring violence in Afghanistan.

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'Snail's pace' peace talks due to Taliban: Afghan government

Afghan authorities criticised the Taliban for failing to actively participate in peace talks.

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Taliban now discouraging fighters from taking multiple wives

The hardline Islamist group has urged members to avoid "corrupt and illegal practices" regarding polygamy.

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan open new rail and power links

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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan open new rail and power links

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have introduced new transport, power and communications links.

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Next round of Afghan peace talks scheduled in Doha

New peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government is scheduled to take plate in Doha next month, an official said on Sunday.

Pentagon chief meets with Afghan president in Kabul

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Pentagon chief meets with Afghan president in Kabul

Miller, who is acting head of the Pentagon until President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month, and Ghani discussed the ongoing ...

Casualties reported as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

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Casualties reported as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

At least eight people were killed in a bombing in the Afghan capital on Sunday, authorities confirmed.

Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, no casualties reported

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Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, no casualties reported

There were no casualties in the rocket attack on the US base.

At least 15 children killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

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At least 15 children killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

At least 15 children were killed in a blast near a religious gathering in eastern Afghanistan.

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Top US general presses Taliban to end violence

Mark Milley "discussed the need for an immediate reduction of violence", his spokesperson said, in talks which marked his second ever with the Taliban.

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Millions more Afghans will need help in 2021: UN

Five million more Afghans will need assistance in the coming year, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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Peace talks should be held at home: Afghan President

President Ashraf Ghani told a cabinet meeting that his government were prepared to negotiate "anywhere inside Afghanistan".

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How spoilers are trying to derail Afghanistan's peace process

Analysis: A surge in deadly attacks has raised fears that attempts are being made to sabotage Afghanistan's peace process following US ...

Iran, Afghanistan open first rail link

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Iran, Afghanistan open first rail link

Iran and Afghanistan have opened a historic rail link in the hopes of increasing trade between the two countries.

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Australian war crimes report details what Afghans always knew

Comment: It shouldn't have taken a report into Australian war crimes to foreground the trauma Afghans have been reporting for years, writes ...

Afghan talks to advance to next stage

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Afghan talks to advance to next stage

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, in a tweet called the development an "initial major step".

World must not turn away from Afghanistan: UN

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World must not turn away from Afghanistan: UN

UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged the international community not to turn its back on Afghanistan.

Afghanistan conference to set aid cuts, conditions amid pandemic

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Afghanistan conference to set aid cuts, conditions amid pandemic

Donors could offer between 15% to 20% less than they did in the last pledging conference in 2016, according to a senior Western diplomat.

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