Coronavirus: Shops remain open as Kabul lockdown begins | AFP

Shops remain open as Kabul goes under lockdown, part of a planned three-week isolation period to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Afghanistan has officially recorded four deaths and 110 cases of coronavirus, but the true figure is feared to be many times higher as the war-torn country struggles to administer tests and screen the influx of people returning from Iran. IMAGES

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At least 25 dead in Sikh-Hindu temple attack in Afghanistan | AFP

People mourn outside hospital after more than 20 people were killed when gunmen stormed a Sikh-Hindu temple in central Kabul in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. IMAGES

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Rory Stewart: the Mayor of London candidate offering sleep-overs | AFP

Former government minister Rory Stewart, who famously walked across Afghanistan on his own in 2002, is running for Mayor of London as an independent candidate. Formerly a Conservative, he was removed from the party for not supporting the government’s hard-line Brexit position. His campaign is notable for his pledge to sleep-over with Londoners who’ve invited him on one night each week, which he says enables him to get to know people and issues better.

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Afghanistan’s first buzkashi league gets roaring reception | AFP

The fear of terror attacks or coronavirus did little to deter thousands from packing a Kabul stadium to watch horsemen play polo with a goat carcass at Afghanistan’s first buzkashi league.

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Here are the top stories for Friday, March 6th: Trump tours tornado damage in Tennessee; $8.3B coronavirus legislation becomes law; Gunmen kill dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan; Harry opens British auto racing museum.

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Images of injured and dead after gunmen attacked a political rally in Kabul | AFP

Dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire at a political rally in Kabul on Friday in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. Images of dead bodies waiting for collection at the scene and some of those injured in the attack. IMAGES

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Pompeo: ‘Reckless’ for ICC to authorize Afghanistan war crimes probe | AFP

A decision by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court to authorize an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “reckless,” says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable, political institution masquerading as a legal body,” Pompeo says during a news conference at the State Department in Washington. SOUNDBITE

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Pompeo: Recent increase in violence in Afghanistan ‘is unacceptable’ | AFP

“The upsurge in violence in parts of Afghanistan over the last couple days is unacceptable,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington. “In no uncertain terms, violence must be reduced immediately for the peace process to move forward.” SOUNDBITE

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Migrants Trying to Enter Europe Are About to Be Stuck Between the Greek Army and Turkish Police

EDIRINE, Turkey — Thousands of refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and elsewhere have been trying to push their way across the Turkish border with Greece to find their way to Europe, only to find themselves forced back with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

On Wednesday, Turkish officials say at least one person was shot dead by Greek security forces, but Greek authorities have denied the killing.

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The International Criminal Court | AFP Animé

Videographic on the International Criminal Court. International war crimes judges ruled Thursday that a probe into abuses in Afghanistan must go ahead, including looking into possible atrocities committed by US forces, as they overturned a previous ruling.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Esper: US to start troop pullback in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has given the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan the go-ahead to begin the initial withdrawal of U.S. troops. (March 2)

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Trump warns Afghanistan’s Taliban: ‘If bad things happen, we’ll go back’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump warns Afghanistan’s Taliban: “If bad things happen, we’ll go back,” after the United States signed with them a historic accord that Washington hopes will mark the beginning of the end of its longest war. SOUNDBITE

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Taliban negotiators arrive for the signing of the agreement with Washington | AFP

Taliban negotiators arrive at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha for the signing of the historic agreement with Washington that paves the way for the withdrawal of American troops after more than 18 years of war in Afghanistan and for unprecedented peace negotiations that promise to be perilous. IMAGES

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Taliban negotiator Shuhabuddin Dilawar arrives to sign US-taliban peace deal | AFP

Taliban negotiator Shuhabuddin Dilawar arrives at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel in Qatar for the signature of a long-sought deal between Washington and the Taliban that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. IMAGES

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US chief negotiator arrives to sign US-taliban peace deal | AFP

US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad arrives at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel in Qatar to sign a long-sought deal between Washington and the Taliban that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. IMAGES

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Morning shots of Kabul skyline before expected US-Taliban deal | AFP

Kabul skyline on Saturday morning the day that Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a long-sought deal in Doha that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. IMAGES

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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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Here’s the latest for Wednesday February 26th: Democrats aim at Sanders in South Carolina debate; Pompeo says Afghanistan truce is holding; More coronavirus cases in South Korea; Oil refinery fire in California.

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