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Afghan presidential race takes shape as Ghani’s challengers emerge

Afghan presidential race takes shape as Ghani’s challengers emerge

Mohammad Hanif Atmar joins a list of former officials who have either formally joined the race or declared that they will do so.

  • by Mujib Mashal & Fatima Faizi

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Dozens die in Afghan gold mine collapse
Afghanistan

Dozens die in Afghan gold mine collapse

The death toll after a collapse at a gold mine in Afghanistan has climbed, a local official said.

Rashid thanks Australian 'family' for helping him through loss
Afghanistan

Rashid thanks Australian 'family' for helping him through loss

Afghan tweaker pays tribute to those who have supported him during a difficult time.

  • by Daniel Cherny
War and chaos blamed for delayed presidential election in Afghanistan
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War and chaos blamed for delayed presidential election in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed until July 20 to give authorities more time to organise the ballot, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

  • by Hamid Shalizi
Nearly 30 people killed in brazen attack in Kabul
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Nearly 30 people killed in brazen attack in Kabul

The attack came four days after US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of half of the 14,000 American troops.

  • by Amir Shah
Trump was so irritated by Mattis' resignation he pushed him out early
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Trump was so irritated by Mattis' resignation he pushed him out early

Trump, who tweeted on Thursday that Mattis was "retiring, with distinction" on February 28, later changed his mind, and will oust him on January 1 instead.

  • by Idrees Ali & Steve Holland
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Australian troops to stay in Middle East despite US pullout: Morrison
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Australian troops to stay in Middle East despite US pullout: Morrison

More than 600 Australian troops continue to conduct operations and train local troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Trump's global disorder drives US allies to seek brave new world
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Trump's global disorder drives US allies to seek brave new world

Many analysts say President Donald Trump's volatility and disregard for US allies could fundamentally diminish America's global clout if the country is no longer seen as a dependable ally.

  • by Steven Erlanger & Jane Perez
A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about US withdrawal
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A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about US withdrawal

The Taliban welcomed news of the US plan to withdraw half its troops by the summer, as Afghan generals warned it would be a blow to morale of country's army.

  • by Kathy Gannon
Afghan Taliban agrees to meet US officials in UAE
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Afghan Taliban agrees to meet US officials in UAE

Diplomatic moves towards agreeing to the basis for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan look set to take another significant step.

  • by James Mackenzie
Guys with guns: you are the reason we will never stop helping others
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Guys with guns: you are the reason we will never stop helping others

December 17 is a grim anniversary for the Red Cross, but Australians working for the international body have a defiant message for those who target them.

  • by Dorsa Nazemi-Salman