Abdullah Will Lead Delegation to Moscow Summit

A 16-member delegation of the Afghan government led by Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, will attend the Moscow meeting that will be held on Thursday, the reconciliation council confirmed.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in … Read More

UK’s Johnson calls on China to reduce its nuclear arsenal as Britain commits to increasing its own

The British prime minister has said China should be brought into international efforts to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons as the UK itself plans to increase its own arsenal by 40%. Speaking on Tuesday, as the British government … Read More

Iran handed over 303 prisoners to Afghanistan

At least 303 prisoners – including 12 female inmates – were handed over to the Afghan government this week, the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs confirmed on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the prisoners, Afghan Nationals lodged … Read More

British Iranian Aid Worker Appears in Iranian Court

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appeared before Iran’s Revolutionary Court Sunday, facing charges of “propaganda against the system.” “Legally, the court should announce the verdict in a week, but it is up to the judge. I am very hopeful that she will be acquitted,” said her lawyer … Read More

Iran Said to Inaugurate New Underground Missile Facility

TEHRAN, IRAN – Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Monday inaugurated a new underground facility designated for missile storage, the country’s state TV reported. The report quotes Guard commander Gen. Hossein Salami as saying that cruise and ballistic missiles will empower … Read More

HCNR announces delegates for Moscow conference

KABUL :The High Council for National Reconciliation has issued a list of 16 delegates to leave for Russia for the proposed peace conference in Moscow. Among the delegates include the HCNR chief Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, … Read More

NATO Still Assessing, Consulting as Afghan Deadline Approaches

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the alliance will assess and monitor the situation and will consult with its allies before making a decision about the May 1st deadline in Afghanistan.     Addressing an event on the … Read More

China ramps up oil imports from Iran

China appears to be becoming a major importer of Iranian oil, as Iran’s production levels look set to soar thanks to better relations with Biden’s US. Over the last year, China imported an average of 306,000 barrels per day (bpd) … Read More

‘Transforming journalism’: Facebook strikes 3yr pay-per-content deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in Australia

Facebook has reached an agreement with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in which the social media giant will pay to use the company’s Australian content, a deal prompted by a contentious new media law passed in the country. The agreement stuck … Read More

Taliban dominate telecommunications in Takhar

TALUQAN – The Taliban have been controlling telecommunications across Takhar province for the past two years now, said local officials. According to officials, the Taliban have warned telecom operatives in the province that they will be punished if they do … Read More

Russia seeking to solidify its clout with the Moscow meeting

KABUL – Analysts believe Russia is seeking to solidify its clout in the region with a proposed peace conference on Afghanistan in the capital Moscow later this week. The Russian capital would see on March 18 a gathering of Afghan … Read More

Khalilzad to attend Moscow peace summit

The US State Department has confirmed Washington’s Special Representative for National Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will attend this week’s peace summit in Moscow.  The department’s spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing on Monday that “Ambassador Khalilzad does plan to attend … Read More

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