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Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners in bid for peace

09 Aug 2020

KABUL The Afghan government agreed on Sunday to release 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war. | Video

Afghan girl takes up motocross and champions women's rights

29 Jul 2020

KABUL For 16-year-old Negin Afshar, riding a motorbike around a dirt track in Kabul isn't just about the excitement. It is also a way to show that Afghan women can be tough too in a country where concerns are growing that hard-earned rights might be lost. | Video

Four killed, eight wounded in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

12 Jun 2020

KABUL A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded eight, Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Friday, at a time when the country is attempting to move towards peace talks to end 18 years of war.

Afghan artists paint mural on blast wall in tribute to George Floyd

12 Jun 2020

KABUL A group of artists climbed ladders up one of the many blast walls snaking through the Afghan capital Kabul this week to paint a mural of George Floyd in solidarity with the anti-racism protests kindled by his death in police custody. | Video

'May Allah remove the virus': Pandemic a grim addition to Afghanistan's woes

15 May 2020

KABUL/ISLAMABAD Delkhah Sultani scrubs laundry outside her home in Kabul as her young daughter watches on. She says she once got paid around $3 a day to wash clothes for other households but since the coronavirus outbreak hit, work has dropped and she now earns $1 every few days to support her and her four children.

Solar-powered food carts converted to virus disinfection vehicles in Kabul

24 Apr 2020

KABUL Just a few weeks ago, Marzia Sikandar served burgers and rice from her solar-powered mobile cart in Kabul, but now, wearing a protective suit, she distributes masks and offers free soap and water in the Afghan capital to combat the coronavirus outbreak. | Video

'Even men now cheer me on': Kabul women sell burgers in solar-powered foodcarts

09 Mar 2020

KABUL On a sunny weekend in Kabul, 30-year-old Maryam Mohammdi drives a solar-powered rickshaw around a city suburb, selling burgers to hungry customers as part of a business that is employing dozens of women in a traditionally male-dominated profession. | Video

Teenage Afghan guitar player eyes Taliban peace deal with trepidation

29 Feb 2020

KABUL Like many young Afghans, 13-year-old music student Sara Habib is nervous about an agreement between the Taliban and the United States due to be signed in Doha on Saturday, which would include pulling U.S. troops out of the country after 18 years.

Teenage Afghan guitar player eyes Taliban peace deal with trepidation

28 Feb 2020

KABUL Like many young Afghans, 13-year-old music student Sara Habib is nervous about an agreement between the Taliban and the United States due to be signed in Doha on Saturday, which would include pulling U.S. troops out of the country after 18 years.

Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics

26 Feb 2020

KABUL One of thousands of Afghans badly injured during years of conflict, Nilofar Bayat hopes for peace so that her wheelchair basketball team can take part in the Paralympics but fears a return to power by the Taliban could quash her dreams.

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