Afghanistan to miss Oct 19 deadline for presidential poll results: sources (17.10.2019)

Preliminary results in Afghanistan’s presidential election will be delayed beyond Saturday’s deadline, two officials from the independent election commission told Reuters, probably for more than a week, fuelling chances of political uncertainty.

Election-related violence claims 85 lives in Afghanistan: UN report (15.10.2019)

Eighty-five people were killed and another 373 injured during attacks related to the recent presidential election in Afghanistan, a report by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA, reveals.

Tajikistan labels EU-based opposition alliance as terrorist group (14.10.2019)

Tajikistan's Supreme Court has labeled the National Alliance of Tajikistan (PMT) -- a group uniting several opposition movements and parties based in the European Union -- as a terrorist and extremist organization. … Tajik authorities have been criticized for cracking down on dissent for years.

Afghan forces retake Taliban-controlled district (13.10.2019)

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says government forces have gained control of a district in the country's north from the Taliban. In a statement, the ministry said the Dash-e Archi district of Kunduz Province, along the border with Tajikistan, was retaken on October 12. … The Taliban has maintained...

U.S. moves to restart Taliban peace process (13.10.2019)

U.S. officials and representatives of the Afghan Taliban have begun discussing ways to revive a peace process after talks fell apart last month, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Afghanistan probe: dozens killed after US military airstrikes on alleged drug labs (09.10.2019)

“Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan braces for political uncertainty in election's wake (08.10.2019)

Despite pulling off a safer presidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks headed for a prolonged period of political uncertainty, with the two front-runners claiming victory before ballots are tallied and signaling they would not accept defeat. … Results are expected on Oct. 19. If neither...

Ghani, Abdullah facing off in two-horse Afghan presidential race (25.09.2019)

As leaders of the deeply unpopular and fractured national-unity government, both men's reputations have been tarnished. But with no viable challengers, they are front-runners in an election that features former mujahedin fighters, warlords, and communists.

Kazakh police break up opposition rallies, detain over 50 (21.09.2019)

Police were out in large numbers ahead of the planned unsanctioned action on September 21 in Nur-Sultan, the capital, and Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city … As crowds began to gather to voice their protests against Chinese investment and the continued influence of former President Nursultan...

Afghanistan war: Taliban tell Trump their 'doors are open' (18.09.2019)

The Taliban have told the BBC that their "doors are open" should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. Chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai insisted negotiation remained "the only way for peace in Afghanistan" during an exclusive interview. Mr Stanikzai's...