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FILE - In this April 20, 2020, photo, daily-wage workers wear protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan. A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Group: Lack of virus tests pushes Afghanistan toward crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. The International Rescue Committee said COVID-19, the illness caused by the...

Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry says the the attack has taken place inside the compound of Wazir Akber Khan Mosque on the Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

IS claims Kabul mosque attack that killed prayer leader

Jun. 4, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for a bomb attack inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded eight others. In a statement on an IS-affiliated website, the group said Tuesday’s attack...

Bus strikes roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan; 9 killed

Jun. 3, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed nine passengers travelling on a bus through Kandahar province, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. Another five passengers were wounded in the explosion, said the spokesman, Bashir Ahmadi. The passengers were...

Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry says the the attack has taken place inside the compound of Wazir Akber Khan Mosque on the Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan official: Kabul mosque bombed, 2 dead, 2 wounded

Jun. 2, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killing two people, including the mosque's prayer leader, and wounding two others an official said. Tariq Arian, spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, said the bomb targeted the Wazir Akber Khan Mosque...

Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer leader

Jun. 2, 2020 12:26 PM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer leader.

Official: 7 Pakistani kids killed when school roof collapses

Jun. 2, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The roof of a school collapsed under heavy rain in Pakistan's northwest near Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing seven children and injuring 13 others, police said. Azam Khan, a local police official, said the incident took place in the district of North Waziristan. He said the...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. An Afghan official said Thursday, May 14, 2020, that a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan targeted a military compound but was detonated before it reached the compound killing several civilians and wounding tens of others. The Taliban took responsibility for the bombing calling it retaliation for statements Tuesday by President Ashraf Ghani blaming Taliban for a brutal attack on a maternity hospital that killed tens of people, an attack that the Taliban were quick to condemn. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

UN report: Afghan Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaida

Jun. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban in Afghanistan still maintain close ties with the al-Qaida terror network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a U.N. report released on Tuesday said. The insurgents promptly slammed the report as...

An Afghan security forces member inspects a bus carrying local TV station employees that hit a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

IS claims Afghan bus attack; civilians killed in new clashes

May. 31, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group took responsibility Sunday for a deadly roadside bombing against a bus belonging to a local TV station in the Afghan capital, while renewed fighting in nearby provinces killed at least seven civilians, including a woman and several children. In a statement...

An Afghan security forces member inspects a bus carrying local TV station employees that hit a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: Bomb in Afghan capital targeted TV bus, 2 dead

May. 30, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bus belonging to a local TV station was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday in the capital Kabul, killing two employees, said a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry. Four other employees were wounded in the attack, said Marwa Amini, ministry deputy spokeswoman. No one immediately...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban fighters attacked an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing 14 military personnel, the Defense Ministry said Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Afghan government says Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 14

May. 29, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters attacked an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing 14 military personnel, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The Taliban took responsibility for Thursday's attack in Paktia province, calling it a “defensive action,” without elaborating. ...