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Female MPs in talks with Taliban reps in Norway

KABUL: Some Afghan female lawmakers and a member of the High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday began talks with Taliban representatives in Norway, a source said. An independent journalist based in the European nation, Ramish Arman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the talks kicked off on Wednesday behind closed doors in …

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Study finds Afghanistan second worst country in rule of law

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A new study by a US-based non-profit organization reveals Afghanistan as the second worst country in rule of law after Venezuela among 102 countries. World Justice Project (WJP) which aims to advance rule of law around the world released the index on Tuesday which was prepared based …

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Anti-corruption body slams nepotism in MoFA

AT-KABUL: An independent anti-corruption body on Wednesday said nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee said in a report that favoritism and patronage often triumph over merit and ability in …

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Watchdog urges govt to ensure aid workers’ safety

AT-KABUL: Amnesty International called on the government to ensure safety of aid workers and bring those responsible for killing of nine people, mostly humanitarian workers, in northern Balkh province to book. Unknown gunmen shot dead nine Afghan employees of a Cezch charity organization in an attack on a guesthouse in …

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ISIS fighters decapitate 10 Taliban in Nangarhar

AT-KABUL: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have beheaded 10 Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province, said a local official on Wednesday. Muhammad Noman Hatefi, the spokesman for the 201st Selab Military Corps, said that the incident took place in Achin district of the province when a …

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MoPH vows to improve access to obstetric fistula care

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Afghan Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the United Nations Population Fund vowed to expand capacity to treat women with obstetric fistula. Addressing a cermoney on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, the minister of public health Firozuddin Feroz …

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Planners of Kabul guesthouse attack nabbed: NDS

KABUL: The spy agency on Wednesday said two planners and masterminds behind the terrorist attack on Park Palace guesthouse in Kabul had been arrested. At least 14 civilians, including nine foreigners, were killed after gunmen stormed the guesthouse popular with foreigners in the Kolola Pushta neighborhood two weeks back. The …

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