Latest Afghanistan News

UN food agency: Afghan malnutrition rates at record high

Jan. 26, 2023 13:50 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Malnutrition rates in Afghanistan are at record highs with half the country enduring severe hunger throughout the year, a spokesman for the World Food Program said Thursday. The Taliban takeover in August 2021 drove millions into poverty and hunger after...

Top UN woman urges Muslims: Move Taliban into 21st century

Jan. 25, 2023 21:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman at the United Nations said Wednesday she used everything in her “toolbox” during meetings with Taliban ministers to try to reverse their crackdown on Afghan women and girls, and she urged Muslim countries to help the Taliban move from the...

UN aid chief seeking to reverse ban on Afghan women workers

Jan. 23, 2023 20:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief and leaders of two major international aid organizations are in Afghanistan following last week’s visit by a delegation led by the U.N.’s highest-ranking woman with the same aim – reversing the Taliban’s crackdown on women and girls...

Top Biden aide Ron Klain expected to soon leave White House

Jan. 21, 2023 22:44 PM EST

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — White House chief of staff Ron Klain, who has spent more than two years as President Joe Biden's top aide, is preparing to leave his job in the coming weeks, according to a person familiar with Klain's plans. Klain's expected departure comes not long...

Militants attack police post in Pakistan, killing 2 officers

Jan. 21, 2023 12:55 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants attacked a police checkpoint in northern Pakistan late Saturday, killing two officers and wounding another, authorities said. Police officer Tariq Khan said the gunmen fled after shooting three officers at the post in Zardad Dahri, which is in...

UN says Taliban divided on appeal to restore women's rights

Jan. 20, 2023 19:01 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A delegation led by the highest-ranking woman at the United Nations urged the Taliban during a four-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Friday to reverse their crackdown on women and girls. Some Taliban officials were more open to restoring women’s rights but others were...

Bombing derails passenger train in SW Pakistan, injures 15

Jan. 20, 2023 09:44 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb planted by suspected militants derailed a passenger train in a remote area in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, injuring at least 15 people on board, officials said. A separatist group later claimed responsibility. The train was passing through the...

Pakistani Taliban kill 3 policemen in northwestern region

Jan. 19, 2023 12:55 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants armed with assault rifles and hand grenades stormed a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, triggering an intense shootout that killed three police officers and wounded two, officials said. The outlawed Pakistani Taliban...

Taliban say 78 dead due to wintry weather in Afghanistan

Jan. 19, 2023 06:24 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials said Thursday that 78 people have died in just over a week during Afghanistan's harsh winter, deepening the country's humanitarian crisis. Shafiullah Rahimi, a Taliban spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Disaster Management, said the deaths...

UN's top woman in Afghanistan for talks on Taliban crackdown

Jan. 17, 2023 16:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman in the United Nations arrived in Kabul on Tuesday at the head of a delegation promoting the rights of women and girls, a response to the recent crackdown by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, a...