‘We will not be silent’: Afghan artist pays tribute to powerful women | AFP

Afghan artist Rada Akbar pays tribute to Afghan women — past and present — who have spent their lives resisting the patriarchy. From a queen who opened the first school for girls in Kabul to a 19-year-old accused of adultery and stoned to death and a female footballer persecuted by the Taliban because of her passion for sports, the exhibition highlights the stories of powerful women in the country through costumes.

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Blasts heard as Ashraf Ghani sworn in for second term as Afghan president | AFP

Blasts are heard as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is sworn in for a second term. His rival Abdullah Abdullah held a parallel inauguration that could plunge the country deeper into crisis ahead of peace talks with the Taliban. IMAGES

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Lost 10 year-old reunited with her father at Turkey-Greece border | AFP

A 10 year-old Afghan child named Menice, who had lost her parents in the chaos at the Turkey-Greece border, is reunited with her father, Seyid Arazade.

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Voice of the Afghan woman: filmmaker Roya Sadat | AFP

For a generation, Roya Sadat has been a voice for Afghan women as one of the first female filmmakers to make her name after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. She has won plaudits at home and abroad.

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Voice of the Afghan woman: filmmaker Roya Sadat | AFP

For a generation, Roya Sadat has been a voice for Afghan women as one of the first female filmmakers to make her name after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. She has won plaudits at home and abroad.

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Afghan girls in Kandahar talk about the Taliban, ahead of landmark accord | AFP

Kandahar schoolgirls discuss a potential Taliban comeback, speaking ahead of the US’s historic accord with the militants.

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Trump says he will meet Taliban leaders

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he thought Afghan peace talks would “be successful in the end” and that he would meet Taliban leaders. (Feb. 29)

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Refugees in Pakistan hopeful for end to conflict | AFP

Afghan refugees who have been living for years at the Khazana Refugee Camp in Peshawar, Pakistan are hopeful that the new US-Taliban peace deal can ultimately bring peace and allow them to return to their home country, after a nearly two-decade long deadly conflict.

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Afghan peace deal: ‘I fear the Taliban will not allow me to work’: vet | AFP

Veterinarian Tahera Rezai, who heads the “Kabul small Animal Clinic”, says she fears that the Taliban will stop women from working if the militants return to Afghanistan as a deal with the US nears.

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Partial truce gives temporary peace to Kabul residents | AFP

A partial truce between the Taliban, US and Afghan forces marking a potential turning point in Afghanistan’s gruelling war enters the third day. Residents in Kabul express relief and hope for the calmness to continue

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Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre | AFP

Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied the odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people. Today, the 19-year-old’s works sell and exhibit internationally, and she is so accomplished that she has launched a dedicated centre to help train other disabled artists.

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Ashraf Ghani secures second term as Afghan president: final results | AFP

Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as president of Afghanistan, according to final results of the September 28, 2019 poll released by the country’s election commission. IMAGES

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In ‘mini Kabul’, Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan | AFP

Afghan boys sell fresh fruit on carts, signs are written in Dari or Pashto, and restaurants in the bustling bazaar sell Afghan dishes such as Kabuli pulao. But this “mini Kabul” is in Pakistan, which this week marks 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees

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At least five dead in suicide attack on Afghan military academy | AFP

A suicide attack targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least five people early Tuesday, in the first major assault in the city in months.

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Afghan drought threatens shepherds | AFP

Afghan sheep farmers’ livelihoods are under threat as changing weather patterns wreak havoc. According to experts Afghanistan is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, even though it produces just 0.1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Afghan translators worry as Iran tension escalates

As hostility mounts toward the U.S in neighboring Iran, interpreters in Afghanistan who served alongside U.S. service members are desperate to get out – some in their country consider them traitors. (Jan. 7)

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Surviving loss in Afghanistan: A family of amputees | AFP

This work has earned the 2019 Grand Prix Varenne for international video reporting. Last year, ten children from an Afghan family picked up unexploded mortar bomb -a common sight in Afghanistan. The deadly device went off, killing three children and an older relative. The remaining seven lost at least one limb each. One year on, the survivors are struggling to adapt to their new reality. +REFILE AS ONE OF AFPTV’S BEST STORIES OF 2019+

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Meth boom adds to Afghanistan’s opium and heroin woes | AFP

At a sprawling rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Kabul, dozens of dazed-looking drug addicts clamber out of police buses and shuffle toward the facility. The men, arrested on the streets of the Afghan capital, have been sent to a compulsory detox programme established to tackle an explosion in the use and production of highly addictive methamphetamine.

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