Afghanistan: Artillery explosion kills five children in Helmand province

In an artillery explosion in Afghanistan‘s southeastern Helmand province, five children were killed and two were wounded. Provincial officials of Helmand said that the incident took place on Friday in the Marja district of the province, reported The Khaama Press. The artillery exploded as children were busy playing with it. Member of former provincial council … Read more

Afghanistan world’s unhappiest country, even before Taliban

Afghanistan is the unhappiest country in the world – even before the Taliban swept to power last August. That’s according to a so-called World Happiness report released ahead of the UN-designated International Day of Happiness on Sunday. The annual report ranked Afghanistan as last among 149 countries surveyed, with a happiness rate of just 2.5. … Read more

In a 1st, Indian trader exports goods to Uzbek via Pak and Afghanistan

In a first, a private trader in India has exported commercial goods to Uzbekistan through Pakistan and Afghanistan in a historic trade activity linking the four countries, according to a media report. Trucks carrying 140 tonnes of cargo, mostly sugar from India, departed Kabul on Wednesday for the Uzbek capital Tashkent, the Voice of America … Read more

Assange set to make submissions to UK minister after losing Supreme Court appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted in the US over the alleged leak of classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to make submissions to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel after he lost an appeal against his extradition in the UK Supreme Court. The 50-year-old’s lawyers had argued that he should … Read more

Taliban detain UNHCR staff, 2 foreign journalists in Kabul

The Taliban have detained two foreign journalists on assignment with the U.N. refugee agency and a number of its Afghan staff working in the country’s capital, UNHCR said Friday. The development in Kabul comes as President Joe Biden was expected to issue an executive order that would allow U.S. financial institutions to facilitate access to … Read more

Taliban deputy PM calls for aid without ‘political bias’

The Taliban appealed on Friday for emergency humanitarian aid without “political bias”, saying recent snow and flooding had worsened the plight of the Afghan people. Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the country has plunged into financial chaos, with inflation and unemployment surging. Billions of dollars of the country’s assets have been … Read more

Adani Group opens cargo traffic from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan at Mundra port

The Adani Group has removed a ban on exports and imports to and from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran at its , reversing an order made in October. The company said it removed the ban after consultations with terminal and vessel operators, customs broker associations and importers who had agreed to adhere to security compliances. The … Read more

UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport – foreign diplomats

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan‘s new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group in recent weeks to discuss … Read more

Afghanistan ‘at brink of economic collapse’, warns Pakistan

Afghanistan is “at the brink of economic collapse” and the international community must urgently resume funding and provide humanitarian assistance, Pakistan‘s foreign minister warned Thursday as US, Chinese, Russian and Taliban diplomats met in Islamabad. Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke at the opening of the so-called “troika plus” meeting, which included Thomas West, the new US … Read more

Afghan interim foreign minister to visit Pakistan with resetting bilateral ties high on agenda

The interim foreign minister of the Taliban government in Afghanistan is expected to visit Pakistan in the coming days as part of efforts by the two sides to reset their ties in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, a media report said on Saturday. Amir Khan Muttaqi was invited last month by Pakistan’s … Read more