Afghan security forces on patrol near prison attack claimed by IS | AFP

At least 20 people, including civilians and prisoners, have been killed in fighting between security forces and gunmen who raided an Afghan jail in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Monday. Outside the prison compound, heavily armed Afghan security forces stand by in armoured vehicles mounted with machine guns. .

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Residents clean up debris after floods ravage Afghan village | AFP

Residents of a village in eastern Afghanistan pick up debris and clean up after flash floods swept through the area, killing at least 15 children and a woman, according to an official, and destroying dozens of houses.

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Afghans visit mosques as Eid al-Adha ceasefire begins | AFP

Afghans visit mosques on the first day of Muslim festival Eid al-Adha as the Taliban and Afghan security forces began a three-day ceasefire Friday — a rare respite that many hope will lead to peace talks and an eventual end to almost two decades of grinding conflict.

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Kabul: US envoy meets Afghanistan’s Ghani ahead of Eid ceasefire | AFP

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad holds talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after arriving in Kabul as part of a regional tour to push the peace process with the Taliban. On July 28, the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government agreed on a temporary ceasefire, the third in nearly 19 years, over the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival. of Zalmay Khalilzad, Ashraf Ghani and other officials

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Coronavirus: Afghan farmers say low sales ahead of Eid al-Adha | AFP

Gathered at a livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday starting Friday, Afghan farmers say sales are much lower than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Afghan girl recounts killing Taliban fighters after parents murder | AFP

A 15 year-old Afghan girl who killed two Taliban fighters with an AK-47 after her parents were executed says: “They took my mother and father out of the house and shot them dead right before my eyes. There was nothing I could do. I grabbed my father’s gun. I killed two of them and wounded another.”

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Women attend hilltop yoga session in Kabul | AFP

A group of women took part in a yoga session at Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday. The event, for International Yoga Day, was lead by Fakhria Momtaz, a yoga teacher and founder of Kabul’s first yoga centre for women.

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Afghan firefighters spray disinfectant on Kabul streets | AFP

Afghan firefighters from the government emergency committee spray disinfectant on streets as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in Kabul. Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot.

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Here’s the latest for Friday June 12th: Stock markets pick up after heavy Wall Street rout; At least four killed when bomb explodes in Afghan mosque; Police stop Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney; Van Gogh’s Sunflowers to emerge from quarantine.

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan — only the second in nearly 19 years of war — as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 of them were set to be freed from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul.

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan — only the second in nearly 19 years of war — as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 of them were set to be freed from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul. IMAGES

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Afghan authorities free hundreds more Taliban prisoners, as calls grow for the militants to extend a historic ceasefire on its third and final day. The government said it planned to release about 900 Taliban prisoners today across Afghanistan, approximately 600 of them from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul, as part of its pledge to free up to 2,000 insurgent prisoners in response to the ceasefire offer. IMAGES

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Afghan cyclist in ‘door-to-door’ campaign to curb virus spread | AFP

Afghan cyclist Idrees Syawash is determined to help curb the spread of coronavirus in his country as he pedals across rural areas makes people aware of the importance of wearing masks and washing hands.

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Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal | AFP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah sign a power-sharing deal, ending a bitter months-long feud that plunged the country into political crisis. The breakthrough, which sees Abdullah heading peace talks with the Taliban, comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week. IMAGES of Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah signing a power-sharing deal

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Thousands attend anti-lockdown protest in Germany; Gunfire kills 6 at Afghan protest calling for aid; House demolitions leave thousands homeless in Kenya; Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87 (May 9).

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Coronavirus: Migrants protest at Greek camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp to be placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus/Greece: migrants protest at camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus. IMAGES

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‘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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