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Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, U.S. officials


KABUL Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.

Female Afghan cyclists push boundaries one wheelie at a time

KABUL Brushing aside suicide bombings and public scorn, the young women of Afghanistan's first freestyle cycling club hope their pop-a-wheelies, bunnyhops and backflips will trailblaze a new path for future generations in this conservative Muslim nation. | Video

Dec 07 2016

German police arrest Iraqi rape suspect, leaders warn against backlash

BERLIN German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes.

World, Iraq Dec 06 2016

Germany warns against backlash over Afghan refugee suspected of murder

BERLIN The German government said on Monday nobody should try to make political capital out of a criminal case involving an Afghan refugee suspected of raping and murdering a German university student.

World, Dec 05 2016

Afghan president says Taliban wouldn't last a month without Pakistan support

AMRITSAR, India Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that the Taliban insurgency would not survive a month if it lost its sanctuary in neighboring Pakistan, urging its neighbor to take on militant groups on its soil instead of giving Kabul financial aid.

World, United Nations Dec 04 2016

India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

AMRITSAR, India India and Afghanistan are planning to set up an air cargo service to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them, Indian and Afghan officials said on Saturday.

World, Dec 03 2016

Trump speaks with leaders of Afghanistan, Singapore

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone on Friday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the Trump transition team said in a statement.

Election 2016, Politics, Dec 02 2016

Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks: security chief

BRUSSELS Islamic State will attack Europe again, security chiefs warned on Friday, and may add car bombs, cyber and chemical warfare to its local arsenal as European militants drift home after reverses in Syria and Iraq.

World, Syria Dec 02 2016

Worsening security forces more Afghan schools to shut

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Afghanistan's worsening security has forced about 1,000 schools to close this year, more than double last year's total, adding to problems that children face in getting an education, officials said.

World, Nov 30 2016

Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016, U.N. says

KABUL The number of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan this year has surpassed half a million people, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, the highest number since it began tracking such statistics in 2008.

World, United Nations Nov 30 2016