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A complicated and thorny agenda awaits the Taliban and Afghanistan's government as they are reportedly ready to begin direct peace talks early next month.
Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland.
At least 162 people have died in a series of avalanches in mountainous regions of northeastern Afghanistan. Officials said on February 25 that most of the victims were in Panjshir Province, where heavy snowfall in recent days destroyed more than 100 homes and blocked main roads. The death toll was expected to rise, as other victims are believed to be trapped under the snow.
The author of a new book says Islamist militancy is testing the resilient relationship between Beijing and Islamabad. More
Afghanistan's national cricket team this week made its first appearance at a World Cup tournament, currently under way in Australia. The team's results so far have been mixed, but its debut at the biggest event in the sport has been a source of joy and inspiration for many Afghan fans. Cricket is widely popular among young Afghans, and children across the country can be seen honing their skills morning and evening.
Afghanistan needs to invest in a public education sector that can prevent future generations from becoming cannon fodder for extremist organizations. More
NPR's Sean Carberry, Radio Mashaal's Daud Khattak and International Crisis Group's Graeme Smith examine the myth and the reality of the so-called Islamic State's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. More
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