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Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Hairatan. Photo courtesy of fglkabul.com
No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Hairatan, the only crossing between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, is an ominous bellwether of economic activity in northern Afghanistan.

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan
Photo ©EK/Ilyas Omar
Central Asian countries sign Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation with USA

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the USA have issued the Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation.

Central Asian countries sign Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation with USA
Desperate Afghan-Pakistan quake victims appeal for aid
Desperate Afghan-Pakistan quake victims appeal for aid

Desperate survivors appealed for food and blankets after a devastating earthquake killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Desperate Afghan-Pakistan quake victims appeal for aid
NATO welcomes US Afghan troop commitment
NATO welcomes US Afghan troop commitment

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said he welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan longer than planned as part of a "crucial" effort to support Kabul.

NATO welcomes US Afghan troop commitment
Pentagon chief: US not leaving Afghanistan
Pentagon chief: US not leaving Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter indicated the United States would maintain extra troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of next year.

Pentagon chief: US not leaving Afghanistan
Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syrian, Afghan crises
Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syrian, Afghan crises

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.

Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syrian, Afghan crises
Afghanistan's Ghani condemns Pakistan air base attack
Afghanistan's Ghani condemns Pakistan air base attack

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned last week's deadly attack on a Pakistani air force base and said Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan.

Afghanistan's Ghani condemns Pakistan air base attack
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. ©Turar Kazangapov
Nazarbayev concerned about increased militant activity in Northern Afghanistan

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev took part in CSTO Collective Security Council meeting to discuss countering terrorist threats.

Nazarbayev concerned about increased militant activity in Northern Afghanistan
A street car named satire: 'Kabul Taxi' lampoons Afghanistan
A street car named satire: 'Kabul Taxi' lampoons Afghanistan

From ridiculing warlords to poking fun at the political elite, a crop of covertly run Afghan satirical outlets are resonating widely with disenchanted citizens.

A street car named satire: 'Kabul Taxi' lampoons Afghanistan
Pakistan air strikes kill 50 militants in tribal area: military
Pakistan air strikes kill 50 militants in tribal area: military

At least 50 militants were killed and their ammunition dump destroyed Monday in air strikes on hideouts in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border.

Pakistan air strikes kill 50 militants in tribal area: military
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. ©RIA Novosti
Afghanistan slams Pakistan over wave of bloody Kabul attacks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan on Monday of sending "messages of war" and harbouring bomb-making camps.

Afghanistan slams Pakistan over wave of bloody Kabul attacks
Five dead in Taliban suicide blast on Kabul airport road
Five dead in Taliban suicide blast on Kabul airport road

At least five people were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital.

Five dead in Taliban suicide blast on Kabul airport road
Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan
Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan

A Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.

Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan
35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul
35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital.

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul
Powerful car bomb kills seven, wounds dozens in Kabul
Powerful car bomb kills seven, wounds dozens in Kabul

A powerful car bomb in Kabul early Friday killed at least seven people and wounded dozens of others.

Powerful car bomb kills seven, wounds dozens in Kabul
Afghanistan says gatherings mourning Mullah Omar 'legitimate target'
Afghanistan says gatherings mourning Mullah Omar 'legitimate target'

Afghanistan's spy agency banned all mourning ceremonies for deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Afghanistan says gatherings mourning Mullah Omar 'legitimate target'
 President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Photo courtesy of sco-russia.ru
Afghanistan territory used by terrorist from Central Asia, China and Russia: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Terrorists from Central Asia, China, Russia and other countries use the territory of Afghanistan, said the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

Afghanistan territory used by terrorist from Central Asia, China and Russia: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
Female Afghan 'Top Gun' soars above gender barrier
Female Afghan 'Top Gun' soars above gender barrier

With a hint of swagger, Afghanistan's first female pilot since the fall of the Taliban is defying death threats and archaic gender norms.

Female Afghan 'Top Gun' soars above gender barrier
 ©REUTERS
Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against IS

Afghanistan and Iran announced plans for enhanced security cooperation to combat threats from the Islamic State group, including possible joint military operations.

Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against IS