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Second meeting of UN Special Envoys ends in Qatar

AT News KABUL – The United Nations wrapped up its 2nd meeting of Special Envoys on Afghanistan on Sunday, with the presence of General Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. However, absence of the Taliban from proceedings marked a significant development. The group cited unmet demands, including recognition …

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UN initiates consultations to appoint special envoy for Afghanistan

AT News KABUL – The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, announced on Monday the commencement of consultations regarding the potential appointment of a U.N. envoy tasked with facilitating dialogue between Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government and the global community. Addressing reporters at a press conference, Guterres disclosed that despite extending …

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Deadly avalanche kills 25 in Nuristan

AT News KABUL – An avalanche wreaked havoc in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, claiming the lives of at least 25 individuals and leaving eight others injured, according to a provincial official. The disaster struck the village of Nakre in the Tatin valley of Nuristan overnight, burying homes under …

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UN commences Doha meetings on Afghanistan with Taliban absence

AT News KABUL – The United Nations has kicked off a two-day session in Doha focusing on Afghanistan, with the notable absence of Taliban representatives. This gathering, comprising four distinct sessions, aims to address pressing issues within the country. Scheduled to commence on Sunday, February 18th, the first meeting convenes …

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Iran asserts plans to block its borders despite Taliban opposition

AT News KABUL – Iran remains resolute in its decision to fortify its borders with Afghanistan, despite objections from Taliban government. General Kioumars Heydari, commander of Iran’s Ground Forces, reaffirmed Tehran’s commitment to erecting fences along the shared frontier, asserting Iran’s sovereign right to secure its boundaries. Heydari’s statement came …

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World Bank to redirect $300M for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL – The World Bank Group has greenlit a strategy to allocate a staggering $300 million from its International Development Association (IDA) fund to bolster humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. This decision, announced today, marks the first direct injection of World Bank funds into Afghanistan since the Taliban’s ascension …

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20 terrorist cells operating in Afghanistan, Russia warns

AT News KABUL – Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has issued a dire warning, revealing that an alarming 20 terrorist cells, comprising over 23,000 fighters, are currently active within Afghanistan’s borders. Speaking at the sixth multilateral meeting of Security Council Secretaries on Afghanistan in Bishkek, Patrushev attributed the deteriorating …

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Future of US diplomacy in Afghanistan remains uncertain

AT News KABUL – Today marks the anniversary of the assassination of U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul 45 years ago, an incident that resonates with America’s ongoing effort to reopen its embassy in Afghanistan years after Taliban’s return. The murder of Ambassador Dubs, who was abducted at gunpoint from …

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Taliban rule pushes Afghanistan’s health Sector to breaking point, says HRW

AT News KABUL – Afghanistan’s public health sector is in dire straits as a result of dwindling foreign aid and egregious Taliban oppression, warns Human Rights Watch. With women and girls bearing the brunt of the crisis, millions of Afghans are now at risk of severe malnutrition and illness due …

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UN seeks Taliban presence at Doha summit

AT News KABUL – In a bid to address the ongoing Afghan crisis, the United Nations is pushing for the inclusion of Taliban representatives at a pivotal two-day international conference set to commence in Qatar next week. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will spearhead the conference starting February 18, welcoming special envoys …

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