Afghans stock up for Eid despite Kabul lockdown | AFP

Afghans are gearing up for Eid al-Fitr at a street bazaar in Kabul, despite an official lockdown in the city. Afghanistan had more than 7,000 COVID-19 cases and 170 deaths as of Wednesday morning, with Kabul the epicentre of the outbreak. Experts worry those numbers will rise sharply as more tests become available.

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Atacan hospital de maternidad en Afganistán; 14 muertos

Hombres armados irrumpen en un hospital de maternidad en Kabul y se enfrentan a tiros con la policía dejando 14 personas muertas, entre ellos dos recién nacidos, madres y enfermeras, informan autoridades en Afganistán

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Rescued baby rushed from attacked Afghanistan hospital to ambulance | AFP

A member of Afghanistan’s security forces rushes a baby from a maternity hospital to an ambulance after gunmen stormed the facility in Kabul, killing at least 13 people people. IMAGES

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Funcionarios afganos: Suicida mata a tres civiles en Kabul

Funcionarios afganos: Suicida mata a tres civiles en Kabul

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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Robot waitress serves up smiles in war-torn Afghanistan | AFP

Afghanistan’s first-ever robot waitress is serving curious diners in central Kabul. Restaurant manager Mohammad Rafi Shirzad says the humanoid robot, imported from Japan and designed to look vaguely like a women wearing a hijab, has already pulled in new customers since it started working last month.

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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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Winter scrum: Afghans enjoy rugby in the snow | AFP

Afghans participate in the first-ever snow rugby tournament held by the Afghanistan Rugby Federation in Kabul.

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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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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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