Five killed in militant attack on Afghan police station
Gunmen stormed a police station in western Afghanistan Saturday, killing at least five people and wounding two others, officials said, in the latest violence targeting the war-torn country's beleaguered security forces. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the raid in the provincial capital of Herat, near the Iranian border, but the Taliban have…
Sydney, Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling fireworks
Sydney and Hong Kong put on stunning fireworks displays in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, among the first in a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. Australia's largest city organised its biggest-ever fireworks display, using a record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new effects. Colours lit up the city's skyline…
Trump letter to Imran Khan seeks Pakistan's help in Afghanistan
Pakistan's foreign ministry said Monday that US President Donald Trump has written a letter to prime minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad's support in securing a "negotiated settlement" to the war in Afghanistan.
At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambush
At least 22 police officers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, a health official said Monday, in another blow to Afghan forces already suffering record casualties.
UN optimistic over peace possibility in Afghanistan
Hopes for peace in Afghanistan are better than they have been in many years, despite a grave humanitarian crisis and persistent violence, a senior United Nations official said Friday. The UN's humanitarian chief in the country, Toby Lanzer, told reporters that even though some 3.6 million people are "one step away from famine" and the…
Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says government chief
The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country's de facto prime minister told AFP.
Victims recount horror of deadly Kabul blast as toll rises
Minutes after he took a seat among hundreds of religious scholars at a ceremony for the Prophet Mohammad's birthday in Kabul, a huge explosion shook the room, throwing Ahmad Fareed to the floor.
Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict
The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue".
Afghan leader: Taliban peace deal 'when, not if'
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency but warned that Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility. "I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when," Ghani said of a peace agreement in a wide-ranging appearance by video at Johns Hopkins…