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Afghanistan announces extension of govt ceasefire with Taliban

Afghanistan announces extension of govt ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Saturday an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban, as both sides observed a halt in hostilities for Eid.

Afghan president backs suicide bomb fatwa after 14 killed

Afghan president backs suicide bomb fatwa after 14 killed

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Monday's suicide bomb attack outside a peace tent gathering of Muslim clerics in Kabul and backed their fatwa against suicide attacks, saying they violated the tenets of Islam.

Afghanistan sets October date for much-delayed elections

Afghanistan sets October date for much-delayed elections

The elections are considered a dry run for the presidential vote to be held in 2019 and a test of whether Afghanistan's Western-backed government can overcome past election problems of poor security and fraud.

Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US.

Afghanistan begins construction on major regional gas pipeline

Afghanistan begins construction on major regional gas pipeline

President Ashraf Ghani on Friday inaugurated construction on the Afghan section of a major regional gas pipeline.

Afghan president demands Pakistan act against Taliban

Afghan president demands Pakistan act against Taliban

A recent attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a suicide bombing on a crowded city street a week later have stoked public anger in Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber kills 20 at Afghanistan's top court

Suicide bomber kills 20 at Afghanistan's top court

A suicide bomber on foot ripped through a crowd of Afghan Supreme Court employees on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 41 others in the second attack on government institutions in under a month.

Afghan forces flushing Taliban out of Kunduz

Afghan forces flushing Taliban out of Kunduz

Afghan forces were conducting clearing operations in Kunduz early Tuesday, warning that Taliban militants were hiding in civilian homes after an hours-long assault on the city repelled with the help of Nato air support.

Afghanistan signs accord with notorious warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan signs accord with notorious warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan officials signed a peace deal on Thursday with a party led by one of the country's most notorious warlords, a move that inspired both hope and fear as it dredged up tension dating back decades.

Afghan government partner berates President Ghani

Afghan government partner berates President Ghani

Afghan government chief executive Abdullah Abdullah has sharply criticised President Ashraf Ghani, a dramatic public break that exposed long-simmering tension within the former election rivals' fragile unity government.

Afghanistan welcomes Nato's renewed security pledge

Afghanistan welcomes Nato's renewed security pledge

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Monday welcomed as an "achievement" the renewed funding commitment from Nato for his country's fledgling security forces amid increasing Taliban insurgency.

Reconstruction of ruined palace begins in Afghan capital

Reconstruction of ruined palace begins in Afghan capital

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dedicated an ambitious reconstruction project on Monday to restore the ruins of historic Darul Aman palace, an initiative aimed at signaling a new future for the war-torn country.