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Taliban announce spring offensive, dismisses peace overtures

KABUL The Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani and saying it will focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Explosions in Afghan capital wound three: officials

KABUL Twin explosions in the center of the Afghan capital of Kabul wounded at least three people on Wednesday, officials said, amid there were conflicting reports about the cause of the blast.

World, 11:37am EDT

Afghan media safety in the spotlight as gunmen kill journalist

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Gunmen killed an Afghan journalist on his way to work in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, an attack that highlights the risks faced by media workers in Afghanistan.

World, 6:09am EDT

Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday. | Video

Health, Apr 24 2018

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.

World, Apr 23 2018

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, Apr 23 2018

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 Apr 23 2018

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, Apr 23 2018

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