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Kazakh President sets date for early presidential election (25.02.2015)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has announced that an early presidential election will be held on April 26.

Afghan Taliban to meet US officials for talks in Qatar (19.02.2015)

Negotiators of the Afghan Taliban are set to hold a first round of peace talks with US officials in Qatar, according to media reports. Previous efforts to negotiate an end to a war that began in late 2001 have proved fruitless, but the latest signals raised hopes of a much-needed boost for new...

UN sees sharp rise in Afghan civilian deaths (18.02.2015)

The United Nations says conflict-related deaths and injuries among Afghan civilians rose 22 percent in 2014, mostly because of an increase in ground fighting between warring parties. The world body blamed the Taliban and other insurgents for most of the civilian casualties.

Nearly 700 attacks occurred in January: TOLOnews Security Report (11.02.2015)

TOLOnews' monthly security report indicates that 696 insecurity events were recorded across the country in January; the month after the Afghan troops took over complete security responsibility of the country.

Afghan Taliban now smuggle drugs and gems like mafia - UN report (11.02.2015)

Afghanistan's Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council.

Obama administration weighs Afghan request to slow withdrawal of U.S. troops (11.02.2015)

President Barack Obama is considering a request from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to slow the pace of the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

EUPOL Afghanistan: new Head of Mission appointed (10.02.2015)

Pia Stjernvall has been appointed as Head of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan). Ms. Stjernvall, from Finland, takes up her duties on 16 February 2015, having been Deputy Head of Mission since June 2014.

The Taliban comeback (04.02.2015)

The Taliban has made a comeback in Afghanistan's strategic Kunar province since the drawdown and departure late last year of US-led coalition troops.

US, Afghanistan review terrorist threats, security environment (26.01.2015)

During a three-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Monday, assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco also discussed with Afghan officials regional interests and ways to optimize counterterrorism efforts during the next two years.

OSCE/ODIHR opens election observation mission for parliamentary elections in Tajikistan (20.01.2015)

The mission is led by Miklos Haraszti and consists of a core team of 14 experts based in Dushanbe. In addition, 16 long-term observers from OSCE participating States will be deployed throughout the country in teams of two, from 24 January 2015. In addition, ODIHR will request 150 short-term...