‘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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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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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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Here are the top stories for Saturday, Feb. 29th: U.S. imposes new travel restrictions due to coronavirus; U.S. and Taliban sign historic peace agreement; Primary voters cast ballots in South Carolina; LGBT Mardi Gras parade held in Sydney.

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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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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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Trump says will meet ‘personally’ with Taliban leaders | AFP

US President Donald Trump says he will meet “personally” with Taliban leaders, after the signing of a historic deal that Washington hopes will mark the beginning of the end of its longest war. SOUNDBITE

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US negotiator and Taliban co-founder shake hands after signing historic deal | AFP

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (right) shake hands after signing a landmark deal during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha. IMAGES

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Pompeo urges Taliban to ‘keep your promises to cut ties with Al-Qaeda’ | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges Taliban to ‘keep your promises to cut ties with Al-Qaeda’. IMAGES

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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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Pompeo: ‘So far the reduction in violence is working’ in Afghanistan | AFP

“So far the reduction in violence is working” in Afghanistan, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the United States and the Taliban are expected to sign a deal on Saturday to withdraw US troops from the country. SOUNDBITE

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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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Partial truce begins in Afghanistan, boosting peace hopes | AFP

Afghans wake up to a week-long partial truce after the Taliban, the US and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict.

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