Kabul: As per the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) assessment report released by the Afghan government and its partners on Tuesday, at least one-third of the population of Afghanistan are acutely food insecure due to the impact of COVID-19, rise in food prices, high unemployment rates, income loss and recurrent La Nina weather conditions which causes drought in the country. “With doubling

4 May 2021

Kabul: At least 19 people have died and 10 others are missing due to heavy rains and floods in nine provinces since May 1, according to the National Disasters Management Authority on Tuesday. Ahmad Tamim Azimi, spokesperson for the Disaster Management Authority said the provinces include Badakhshan, Ghor, Maidan Wardak, Baghlan, Bamyan, Samangan, Herat, Khost and Daikundi. According to figures, 12 people were killed in

4 May 2021

Kabul: Outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, closure of borders and arrest of heads of human and migrant trafficking networks have led to a 50 percent reduction in human and migrant trafficking, said Justice Minister Fazl Ahmad Manawi at a press conference on Tuesday. Over the past year, 70 people have been arrested on human trafficking charges in Afghanistan. Manawi added that one of

4 May 2021

Kabul: The German government on Monday canceled a planned deportation flight to return migrants to Afghanistan, senior officials said. A spokeswoman for Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that the "return measure" had been postponed due to "logistical" problems. However, officials quoted by the AFP news agency said that the federal government was concerned about the safety of the police officers accompanying the potential returnees. International

4 May 2021

Kabul: At least nine security force personnel have been killed and 16 others have been taken captive by the Taliban after clashes erupted between the two warring factions on Monday night in Jar Khoshk area in Baghlan-e-Markazi district in the northern province of Baghlan, local media reported. “The clashes continued till Tuesday morning; however, the Taliban has not commented on the matter yet,” the

4 May 2021

Kabul: Billions of dollars in government budgets are lying unused in five government departments, said President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday at the Education Week meeting in Kabul, without naming the departments concerned. He added that "the blocking of billions of dollars" by these government offices was unacceptable and "only two departments have closed $1.6 billion," he stressed. At the same time, Ghani reiterated that if

4 May 2021

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 234 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported six deaths and 133 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases now stand at 60,797, while the number of reported deaths is 2,654

4 May 2021

Kabul: At least 14 people have been killed in flash floods following heavy rainfalls on Monday in Rokha village of Adraskan district in the western province of Herat, the provincial governor’s spokesperson Jailani Farhad said. Farhad said that four children, a woman and five men are among the victims of the incident. The floods also destroyed dozens of hectares of land and killed many

4 May 2021

Kabul: In a new development for the peace process, the US and the Taliban may have been holding negotiations in order to shift the troop withdrawal deadline to July, as per Tolo news sources. US President Joe Biden had earlier announced that the US would withdraw its forces by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as against the May 1 deadline

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