Afghanistan achieves transparency despite barriers

Following its second Validation, Afghanistan has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The country has improved its transparency of licenses and contracts, state-owned enterprises and quasi-fiscal expenditures. As a result, Afghanistan’s temporary suspension has been lifted. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani noted the important role the EITI plays in the country. “Every …

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China and Afghanistan: Together for a Community of Shared Future Featuring Peace, Development and Prosperity

Wang Yu, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan In a recent speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about the Chinese belief in the value of benevolence and good neighbourliness. As a responsible major country, China adheres to the common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom for all mankind, believes …

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Attack near police base in Khost kills 5

Terrorist attacks have surged to stratospheric levels across Afghanistan, worsening anguish of the conflict and marking a failure of peace negotiations in de-escalating hostilities By Farhad Naibkhel KABUL: At least five security forces were killed when a group of insurgents stormed a police special unit base in Khost province, authorities …

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3 killed by ‘sticky bomb’ in Kabul

AT News KABUL: At least three people were killed and 13 others wounded Tuesday when a bomb tore through a car in Kabul, officials said. A sticky bomb on a car blew up in 10th police district in Kabul city at around 1:30 pm, said Kabul Police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. …

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Editorial: Terrorism is condemned

A deadly scourge of violence has descended upon Afghanistan, precipitating the internecine war and human suffering and dashing hopes for peace. Violence has reached a crescendo with a paroxysmal burst of brutal attacks against the civilian population and the brave Afghan forces. A terrorist attack killed 24 people, mostly students, …

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Pakistan vows to boost trade with Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: Pakistani officials have vowed to boost economic ties with Afghanistan and remove the obstacles facing bilateral trade between the two nations. Pakistani Premier Imran Khan and other high-ranking officials at a recent conference in Islamabad in presence of Afghanistan’s Lower House Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani and other …

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Pomegranate yields hit 275k tons this year

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s pomegranate production has reached 275,000 tons this year, a 10 percent surge in the yields compared to the preceding year, officials said. Akbar Rostami, spokesman for Ministry of Irrigation and Agriculture announced that 275,000 tons of pomegranates were produced this year compared to 250,000 tons last …

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Kabul urges Taliban for ceasefire

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s government has said that peace negotiations will be fruitless unless the Taliban agree on ceasefire and end their hostilities. State Minister for Peace, Sayed Mansour Naderi, in a meeting with the US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson discussed the surge in violence in Afghanistan and stressed on …

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