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Afghan Commission invalidates all Kabul votes in October parliamentary election (06.12.2018)

Afghanistan’s Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has declared that all votes cast in Kabul Province during the country’s October parliamentary election are invalid. IECC spokesman Alirez Rohani told reporters in Kabul on December 6 that the decision was made for 25 different reasons...

Afghanistan can rely on international support along harrowing road to peace, and beyond (28.11.2018)

[…] Speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the end of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UNAMA Assistance Mission and UN Special Representative in the country, confirmed that the issue of an end to extremist violence had been discussed in depth. “Perhaps this...

Afghan President announces team for peace talks with Taliban (28.11.2018)

Afghanistan’s President, Ashraf Ghani, says his government has “formulated a road map” for prospective peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year war in the country. Ghani told an international conference on Afghanistan Wednesday in Geneva all the required bodies and mechanisms...

Afghanistan considers delaying April presidential election (26.11.2018)

Afghanistan's election authorities are considering delaying a presidential election scheduled for April 2019, officials said, as they struggle to count votes cast in recent parliamentary elections. … The Afghan Constitution requires the presidential election to take place no later than April 22. …...

Long-closed Uzbekistan opens up to the world (25.11.2018)

For the first time in a generation, Tashkent has an outward-looking foreign policy.

UN: Afghan opium cultivation down 20 percent (19.11.2018)

A new United Nations survey finds that opium cultivation in Afghanistan has decreased by 20 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, citing a severe drought and falling prices of dry opium at the national level.

New assessment: 'Little clear progress' in Afghanistan war (19.11.2018)

The U.S. and Afghan governments have made "little clear progress" recently in compelling the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a new U.S. assessment Monday that said military and political signs point toward continued stalemate.

U.S. considers asking Afghanistan to suspend presidential election (13.11.2018)

The Trump administration is discussing whether to press the Afghan government to suspend coming presidential elections, according to people briefed on the discussions, as the U.S. seeks to engage the Taliban in talks to end the 17-year war.

Afghanistan peace conference kicks off in Moscow (09.11.2018)

Russia is hosting talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan, drawing delegates from a body appointed by the Western-backed government in Kabul and a group representing the Taliban, as well as officials from a dozen nations, including the United States.

Taliban-led violence during recent polls leaves record high numbers of civilians dead – UN (06.11.2018)

The Taliban’s campaign of violence and intimidation during last month’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan was the deadliest for civilians in years, a report by the United Nations mission in the country, UNAMA, revealed on Tuesday. The report, titled 2018 Elections Violence, shows that on 20...