Afghan opposition gains ground near Kabul
KABUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Afghan forces loyal to opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masood captured ground from the ruling Taleban in fighting northeast of the capital Kabul, the opposition said on Friday.
110 Taliban fighters switch sides, says Afghan opposition
ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 (AFP) - Four commanders with 110 Taliban fighters have joined the opposition forces in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman, a report quoting opposition sources said Thursday.
Gosper says IOC withdraws invitation to Taliban
By ROB GLOSTER
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Less than a week after inviting two Afghan observers to the Sydney Games, the International Olympic Committee has withdrawn the offer and told the officials to stay home.
Afghan Taleban demand world recognition
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement appealed to the world Thursday to give it official recognition and a seat at the United Nations still held by its opponents.
Afghan Taliban welcome possible arms embargo
KABUL, Aug 24 (AFP) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia Thursday welcomed a possible United Nations' arms embargo as a way to deprive resistance forces, but sternly opposed further economic sanctions.
UN fears looming disaster in central Afghanistan
By Tahir Ikram
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday that drought and a conflict between warring factions could lead to a food disaster in central Afghanistan in the winter.
Feminists demand more US pressure on Taliban over women's issues
WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (AFP) - A group of prominent US feminists on Thursday kicked off a new campaign in support of Afghan women, demanding more US pressure against the ruling Taliban militia to end what they termed "gender apartheid."
UN to issue report on impact of Afghanistan's sanctions in September
ISLAMABAD (NNI): The United Nations plans to issue a detailed report next month about the impact of UN sanctions on the war-ravaged Afghanistan, a UN spokesperson has said.
Stratfor insists Pakistan has test-flown new long-range missile
Business Recorder (Pak.)
QUETTA (August 25) : "The most likely explanation is that Pakistan has resumed missile testing, possibly flying the Ghauri III for the first time," reports US intelligence think tank Stratfor despite denials by the military government of Pakistan
No clue of Iranian diplomats' killers: Taliban
ISLAMABAD (NNI): A senior Taliban diplomat Thursday said there has been no clue of the murder of Iranian diplomats in the northern town of Mazar-I-Sharif two years ago.
Religious leader supports Taliban
ISLAMABAD (NNI): An Afghan religious scholar Thursday supported Taliban and decided to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan to revive his religious schools and to reactivate shrine in Kabul.
Pakistan can't survive without democracy: Hameed Gul
ISLAMABAD (NNI): Extending full support to the restoration of democracy in Pakistan former Director General, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General (retd) Hameed Gul has said Pakistan cannot survive without democracy….
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