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World May 26Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners
The Afghan government has released hundreds of Taliban prisoners. The releases Tuesday mark its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year.
World May 24Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday
The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
World May 19Civilian casualties rising in Afghanistan, says UN
The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are increasing.
Health Apr 23Virus pushes U.S. unemployment toward highest since Depression
Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of work by the coronavirus.
World Apr 23Virus warnings urge safety over tradition during Ramadan
he coronavirus pandemic is cutting off the world's 1.8 billion Muslims from their cherished Ramadan traditions as health officials battle to ward off new infections during Islam's holiest month, haunted by multiple outbreaks traced to previous religious gatherings.
World Apr 03Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises
Some Pakistan provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent Muslims from gathering for Friday prayers. In southern Sindh province, a complete lockdown was being enforced from noon until 3 p.m., the time when the faithful gather for prayers.
Politics Mar 23U.S. slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo trip to Kabul
The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday after he made an unannounced visit to Kabul to meet with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.
World Mar 23Pompeo leaves Kabul with no word on political power-sharing deal
Since the signing of the deal, the peace process has stalled amid political turmoil in Afghanistan, with the country's leaders squabbling over who was elected president.
World Mar 10U.S. starts troop pullout, seeks end to Afghan leaders’ feud
Ashraf Ghani and his main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, were each sworn in as president in separate ceremonies Monday.
Politics Mar 01Afghan peace deal hits first snag over prisoner releases
Afghanistan's president said Sunday that he will not free thousands of Taliban prisoners ahead of all-Afghan power-sharing talks set for next week, publicly disagreeing with a timetable for a speedy prisoner release laid out just a day earlier in a…