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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has appointed Hafeezullah Wali Rahimi as head of the country’s Physical Training and Sports Directorate. Rahimi was introduced to a gathering held at the Presidential Palace on Thursday noon in the presence... read more
BEIJING (Pajhwok): Supportive of cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, China will soon host a trilateral meeting, a Chinese official says. Chen Feng, head of the Asia Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a delegation of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three people were slightly injured in a blast in Deh Afghanan area of capital Kabul on Sunday night, police said. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place in a vehicle at 7:45pm but it... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Thursday announced July 7 next year a date to hold the long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections. IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai told a press conference that the date had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peaceful protests are a democratic right of the people, but no one would be allowed to misuse such demonstrations, President Ashraf Ghani’s office said on Friday. In a statement, the Presidential Palace asserted the government’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected on Saturday in the country’s presidential election, with support from reformists. Iran’s interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, on Saturday announced the results of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A ceremony was held in Mashhad city of Iran to honour and pay tribute to two senior Afghan commanders killed in Syria, a report said on Friday. The slain commanders were among the founding members of the Fatemiyoun brigade -- the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday said 149 Taliban militants were killed and 73 others wounded in operations in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours. A MoD statement to Pajhwok Afghan News said the operations... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Energy ministers from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and representatives of financial organizations on Saturday met to discuss the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project in Paris, the French capital. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) special representative for Afghanistan on Wednesday expressed concern over the situation of Afghan children and called for protection of child rights. Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin was speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has been ranked at 120 among 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s latest annual World Press Freedom Index --- two places up under the unity government in 2015. The index, released by RSF, is led by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Sunday amended a controversial article of the draft census law by adding two words ‘nationality’ and ‘tribe’ to the computerised national identity cards, said the office of the second vice-president. The Article... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has picked Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid as his nominee for the slot of interior minister and Mohammad Farid Hamidi as the attorney general-designate, a well-placed source at the Presidential Palace said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Friday rejected Pakistani Army’s claim that terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University was orchestrated from Afghan territory. Afghanistan has never supported terrorists or provided them with safe havens on its soil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven people, including two women, were killed and another 25 sustained injuries on Wednesday evening when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying employees of a local TV channel near the Russian embassy in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-formed opposition party, Security and Stability Council (SSC), on Monday said it would not participate in future elections until electoral reforms were implemented. Earlier in the day, Independent Elections Commission (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Azerbaijan officials on Tuesday signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on cooperation in the spheres of labour, social protection, employment and media during President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to the country.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observers say they are concerned about the rejection of a presidential decree on the Electoral Reform Commission’s suggestions by the Wolesi Jirga, asking the government to find any other viable solution to the complex... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said he would strongly support the findings of the government-appointed fact finding commission tasked with investigating the fall of Kunduz city. Abdullah, who met... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a report released on Thursday said Taliban militants committed “serious human rights violations” during their brief occupation of Kunduz City, the capital of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday asked the Organistaion of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to condemn recent Taliban’s warnings to media houses. The MoFA said in a statement that Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani met with members of medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) or Doctors without Borders on Friday, two days after the group pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate the bombing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, who met elders from northern Kunduz province, on Thursday appointed a high-level fact-finding delegation to review the troubled province’s security situation. The delegation comprising Amrullah Saleh, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says despite a decline in American assistance, Afghanistan received $850 million from the agency in 2015 --- the most in the world. William Hammink, USAID mission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom (UK) government has awarded scholarships to 15 Afghan students to pursue their higher studies at different British universities. This was announced by British Ambassador in Kabul Karen Pierce on Monday, saying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Refugee and Repatriation Minister Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi assessed the registration process of Afghan refugees returning from Iran during a visit to the border town of Islam Qala in western Herat province. In a statement, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday praised the performance of the Election Reform Commission (ERC) members and urged them to help specify dates for holding the delayed elections to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house. The president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has warned the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) of dangerous consequences at regional and international levels if the organisation avoided cooperation against terrorism in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): UAE Ambassador Yusuf Saif Saba’ Al Ali on Tuesday assured President Ashraf Ghani that his country would deliver on commitments with Afghanistan. The UAE envoy, who called on the president at the presidential palace here, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New British ambassador to Afghanistan Karen Pierce, who presented her credentials to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, said the Taliban were committing acts like terrorists by killing and targeting civilians and posing threat to... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Security for 12 districts was handed to Afghan forces from international soldiers in the western province of Herat on Monday, officials said.Chairman of Transition Commission Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, representatives of the ministries... read more
HERAT: An explosion that occurred early on Wednesday morning in the western Herat province caused no major casualties, Muhayudin Noori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News, adding that the bomb was planted under a culvert.... read more
HERAT (PAN): Police seized acid used in making crystal heroin in Adraskan district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. The 290 liters of acid in 29 jerry canes were recovered from an air-conditioned vehicle and two men arrested... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Afghan forces have killed seven Taliban, wounded three others, captured four more and released a kidnapped businessman from Taliban's captivity in western Herat province, officials said on Monday. Speaking at a press conference... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A powerful blast outside a stadium in western Herat province left at least 13 people wounded late Tuesday, an official and medics said.The blast took place at about 8pm outside the Herat stadium near the governor's house.The... read more