Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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Two Russian embassy workers killed in Afghan blast

Two Russian embassy workers were among many people killed on Monday in an explosion outside Russia’s diplomatic mission in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Many killed, injured in Afghanistan mosque blast

An explosion outside a mosque in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan killed a high-profile pro-Taliban cleric as well as more than a dozen civilians.

UN warns millions of Afghans at risk of famine

The United Nations humanitarian chief warned that Afghanistan faces deepening poverty with 6 million people at risk of famine. Martin Griffiths has urged donors to immediately provide $770 million to help Afghans get through the winter.

Taliban say Pakistan allowing US drones into Afghan airspace

Taliban's acting defence minister said on Sunday Pakistan had allowed American drones to use its airspace to access Afghanistan. Islamabad has recently denied such claims following an American air strike on Kabul.

Taliban say over 180 killed in Afghanistan floods

Flooding in Afghanistan this month has killed more than 180 people as torrential rains caused widespread devastation in central and eastern Afghan provinces, the Taliban announced.

China: Afghanistan an example of US belligerence

China says the US invasion of Afghanistan has reduced the country to rubble and ruined the future of an entire generation of Afghans. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin added that the war-ravaged country is a living example of Washington's belligerence.

China says US hasn’t learned from its defeats in Afghanistan

China says the United States has learned no lessons from its failure ‘to democratise’ Afghanistan and the muddled withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country.

Former Iran diplomat: Taliban still facing legitimacy issue

One year after the Taliban takeover of Kabul, a former senior Iranian diplomat says the Taliban government is yet to be accepted by the Afghan people, stressing that lack of coherence is clearly seen in the administration in Kabul.

Dozens of economists call on Biden to release Afghan funds

More than 70 economists and experts have urged Washington and other nations to release Afghanistan's central bank assets in a letter sent to US President Joe Biden.

In first round of talks, Taliban, Masoud’s forces agree to hold fire: Report

The Taliban and a group of local fighters in Afghanistan led by Ahmad Masoud have held a first ever round of talks, agreeing to cease hostilities until a second round of talks is held, a report says.

Taliban: UN warning over Daesh threat in Afghanistan not real

The Taliban say some countries have “clandestine motives” in playing up the threat of Daesh in Afghanistan. This follows a new report issued by the United Nations Security Council suggesting that the terror group has been boosting its presence in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

Analyst: US creating rifts within Taliban to facilitate Daesh infiltration

An Iranian political analyst has given the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan a heads-up over US plots to cause discord within the ranks of the group and pave the way for the Daesh terrorist group’s infiltration.

Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as non-NATO ally

US President Joe Biden has notified the Congress of his intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, according to a statement published by the press service of the White House on Wednesday.

Iran: US bent on igniting ‘ethnic war, organized unrest’ in Afghanistan

A senior Iranian diplomat warns that the US is making attempts to give a regional dimension to the crisis in Afghanistan by provoking “organized unrest” and “religious” war among various ethnic groups in the country.

Iran Red Crescent ready to send aid to Afghanistan’s quake zone

The director of Iran’s Red Crescent Society has declared readiness to send aid to eastern Afghanistan where a powerful earthquake has caused heavy casualties and massive damage.

Hundreds killed in Afghanistan quake

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that rocked eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 950 people.

Blast hits Kabul, at least 2 killed

An explosion occurred in a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday morning. At least two people have been killed and seven others injured.

US envoy raises Afghan women’s rights with Taliban FM

The US special envoy on Afghanistan has met the Taliban’s acting foreign minister in the Qatari capital Doha and stressed international opposition to the group’s expanding curbs on women and girls.

UN warns food insecurity in Afghanistan reaches ‘catastrophic’ level

The United Nations (UN) has released data reporting that food insecurity in parts of Afghanistan has reached “catastrophic” levels.

Interim Afghan government calls itself inclusive

Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi says the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is an inclusive government.

Recognition of Taliban not on Iran’s agenda for now: Ex-envoy

A former Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan says recognition of the acting Taliban government is not on Tehran’s agenda for the time being, stressing that the new rulers in Kabul must first accept international regulations and ensure Iran’s share of water from the Helmand River.

Ghalibaf: US fueling Afghan insecurity as part of ethnic-religious plot

Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf says the United States is using Daesh terrorists to create insecurity in Afghanistan as part of an ethnic-religious plot.

Former senior official Abdullah Abdullah leaves Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who remained in the country after its takeover by the Taliban, has left for an unknown location for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Iran warns extremists will show no mercy to Shia, Sunni Muslims

Iran’s Embassy in Kabul has warned that neither Sunni nor Shia Muslims are safe in the face of criminal acts committed by extremist groups.

Dozens killed in Kabul mosque blast

A bomb blast rips through a mosque in Kubul, killing more than 50 worshippers. The explosion rocked the Afghan capital after Friday prayers.

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