President Ashraf Ghani has recalled the amended draft of the media laws from the parliament and asked for a review headed by Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh. During his Cabinet address, Ghani restated his commitment to supporting and strengthening freedom of expression and a free media and said that “fortunately, we have no one in custody on charges of violating freedom of speech.” Presidential spokesperson

22 June 2020

President Ashraf Ghani touched upon key issues during his introductory speech to the Cabinet on Monday. The government condemned the recent terrorist attacks by the Taliban against the security forces and the civilians and called the continued violence against the “spirit of commitment to peace.” Ghani strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the car carrying poet and writer Asadullah Walwalji and his wife in Paghman

22 June 2020

The third section of the Khaf-Herat railway project, that connect Afghanistan to Europe and the Indian Ocean, will be inaugurated by the third quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (September 22-December 20), announced Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanaian. Speaking on the side-lines of his meeting with Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, Ardakanian said the completion of this project will boost bilateral economic

22 June 2020

German police officers arrested over 24 rioters after dozens of small groups hurled stones at the police in Stuttgart’s city centre on Sunday morning. The riots broke out after officers conducted checks related to a crackdown on drug dealing. Several groups ganged up on the policemen and started to threaten them before turning “extremely aggressive” and attacking

22 June 2020

Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar that “enemies” of the two-nations are trying to disrupt their friendly relations, pointing to the US. presence in the region. Atmar met Shamkhani on Sunday during his trip to Tehran to sign a comprehensive cooperation document and discuss the treatment of Afghan migrants in the country. During the meeting, the

22 June 2020

Local officials confirmed that Taliban insurgents had killed at least five members of the public uprising forces and wounded three others in Takhar province. The Taliban attacked a security checkpoint in Jarqishlaq village in Baharak district at 11pm on Sunday. A spokesman for Takhar police said that Taliban insurgents had also been killed in the attacks, but

22 June 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 310 new Coronavirus samples had tested positive in the last 24 hours in Afghanistan. This increase pushed the nationwide toll to 29,143 cases to date. Over the past day, 12 patients died and 77 were discharged from hospitals bringing their numbers to 598 deaths and 8,841 recovered cases so far.

22 June 2020

A day after the British minister in charge of veterans, announced that their troops will not be prosecuted over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, the U.K. Defence Secretary was accused of secretly closing the probe a year ago. Ben Wallace, the Secretary of State for Defence, has been accused of prolonging the “torment” of Afghan veterans by not announcing the closure of Operation Northmoor

22 June 2020

The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said the past week was the “deadliest of the past 19 years” with 841 Afghan security force members killed or wounded. Javid Faisal, ONSC spokesperson said the Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, killing 291 Afghan National Defence and Security force (ANDSF) members and wounding another 550. “Taliban's commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and

22 June 2020

The government of Kyrgyzstan shipped humanitarian aid to ethnic Kyrgyz living in Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains. The package consisted of 12.5 metric tons of flour, 500 blankets, 100 boxes of detergents, 5 metric tons of rice, 1,250 litres of cooking oil and 10 boxes of medications.

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