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Is Afghanistan Waiting For The U.S. Election Before Starting Peace Talks?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Some analysts think Kabul is holding out for a possible Joe Biden presidency before trying to strike any substantive deals with the Taliban.


Peace Talks Between Afghanistan, Taliban Expected To Begin Soon

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban to end 40 years of war will begin soon. But some say Afghan officials hope to delay talks until there's a new administration in Washington.


Taliban Call Cease-Fire In Afghanistan For Muslim Holiday

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Taliban and Afghan government agreed to halt fighting for three days during the upcoming Eid al-Adha, a move that could renew momentum toward negotiations.


With Schools Closed During The Pandemic, Pakistani Students Rely On TV

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pakistani education officials are broadcasting lessons over a TV channel to keep kids learning. A public education channel was cobbled together just weeks after schools shut down in March.


The Disappeared Of Pakistan Have New Champions: Young Women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

They're speaking out and leading protests to learn the fate of fathers and brothers who are among the many hundreds of disappeared Pakistanis — most of them men. Are they making a difference?


Young Women In Pakistan Now Lead The Fight Against Secret Abductions

Monday, July 13, 2020

Thousands of people in Pakistan have disappeared over the years — suspected militants, bloggers and others. Young women are speaking out over the disappearances of their fathers and brothers.


No Rest For The Gravediggers Of Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

They are working harder than ever to keep up with the death toll from the novel coronavirus. "People bring their dead during the day and during the night," says a gravedigger named Abbas.


Gunmen Attack Pakistan Stock Exchange In Karachi

Monday, June 29, 2020

The attack occurred Monday morning as people were arriving for work. Unknown militants attacked the country's stock exchange in the commercial capital, Karachi.


Gravediggers Give Glimpse To The Severity Of COVID-19 In Kabul

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Kabul's cemeteries are hiring more grave diggers and they're preparing burial spots in advance to deal with a rush of COVID-19 victims.


Pandemic Panic In Pakistan: 'People Are Just Literally Fighting For Beds"

Friday, June 19, 2020

That's the perspective of Dr. Samar Fakhar, a surgeon at the government-run Khyber Teaching Hospital, as cases surge and tensions rise.


Surging COVID-19 Cases In Pakistan Overwhelm Hospitals

Thursday, June 18, 2020

In Pakistan, angry families are attacking doctors and smashing hospitals as health care workers turn away coronavirus patients — saying their institutions are full.


In Pakistan, Women Find Freedom In Quarantine Through Bikes

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Like many places, Pakistan has seen a surge in bike riding during the pandemic. But the face of cyclists is changing in this conservative society as women venture onto the roads.


Plane Carrying Around 100 People Crashes In Karachi

Friday, May 22, 2020

A plane carrying around 100 people has crashed in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. It was only a few days ago, on May 15, that domestic flights were allowed to resume in the country.


All-Girl Robotics Team In Afghanistan Works On Low-Cost Ventilator ... With Car Parts

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Automated ventilators are expensive. Hand-operated ventilators require a lot of labor. So these teens are on a quest to create a mechanized bag-valve-mask that'll do the job.


Unique Robotic Team In Afghanistan Creates Affordable Ventilator Prototype

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

There's a shortage of medical personnel and equipment in the war-torn country. Teenage girls are building a ventilator out of cheap car parts to help their country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.


'Unforgivable': Attack On Afghan Hospital Kills At Least 16, Including Newborns

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The assault in Kabul targets a maternity ward and shocks a country grimly accustomed to violence. And it isn't the only attack Tuesday as a suicide blast tears through a funeral in another province.


The Risk Of Coronavirus In Afghanistan's Prisons Is Complicating Peace Efforts

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The Taliban accuse the government of spreading COVID-19 in prisons and warn of revenge if their prisoners are harmed. With prisoners on both sides at risk, peace efforts have become more complicated.


Conspiracy Theories Abound In Pakistan, Worsening Spread Of The Coronavirus

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Some people in Pakistan hide COVID-19 symptoms, fearing stigma, and dying alone as a result. Others claim that the virus is fake and that doctors just kill patients.


Pakistan Calls Off Limits On Mosque Attendance In Time For Ramadan

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The clampdown on public gatherings was openly defied by clerics and worshippers. Now the government has changed the rules as the holy month is about to begin.


Pakistan Limits Worshippers At Mosques. Many Worshippers Are Defiant

Friday, April 17, 2020

Pakistani authorities have called for a maximum of 5 worshippers in a mosque. Many in the religious community disagree — and the issue will only become more heated as Ramadan approaches.