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Kabul blast highlights risk to long-delayed Afghan vote


KABUL Afghan officials pledged that Sunday's deadly suicide bombing of a voter center in Kabul will not derail preparations for this year's parliamentary elections but the attack has underlined the risks to an operation already clouded by doubt.

Emergency alerts loom as drought takes hold in war-torn Afghanistan

KABUL Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the winter, officials said on Monday, with at least 20 of 34 provinces already suffering badly.

Environment, 8:30am EDT

Blast at election center in Afghan capital kills more than 50

KABUL A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for October. | Video

World, United Nations 3:41am EDT

Islamic State beheads three brothers in Afghanistan: official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Militants from Islamic State have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Monday.

World, 2:37am EDT

Afghanistan approves first full-fledged Islamic bank

Afghanistan's central bank has granted a license to the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan (IBA), the first lender in the country to apply the interest-free principles of Islamic finance in all its operations, a senior bank official told Reuters.

Apr 22 2018

Death toll from Afghan blast reaches 48: official

KABUL The death toll from Sunday's blast in the Afghan capital Kabul rose to 48, with 112 others wounded, a public health officer said.

World, Apr 22 2018

Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul blast: group's AMAQ news agency

CAIRO Islamic State claimed responsibility for a blast that hit a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, the militant group's AMAQ news agency said.

World, Apr 22 2018

Casualty toll from Afghan blast reaches 31 killed: official

KABUL The casualty toll from a suicide blast at a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday rose to at least 31 killed and 54 wounded, a health ministry spokesman said.

World, Apr 22 2018

Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border

AGRI, Turkey On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

World, Turkey Apr 19 2018

Afghanistan returns captured Pakistani soldier, 5 bodies

KHOST, Afghanistan Afghan tribesmen on Monday returned a Pakistani soldier they captured in a deadly skirmish along the countries' border, as well as the bodies of five soldiers, the governor of Afghanistan's Khost province said.

World, Apr 16 2018