Women participants hope that the Loya Jirga provides an appropriate platform to convey their desire for peace in Afghanistan.
A mass panic thwarted a campaign to eradicate the deadly polio virus in a Pakistani province.
The post-2001 generation make up around half of Afghanistan’s 33 million population, but their voices have been largely absent as the prospects for peace with the Taliban rise.
The United Nations says there has been "encouraging" progress in Afghanistan's efforts to eradicate the torture of people detained in relation to the country's ongoing conflict, but much remains to be done.
Torrential rains and flooding have swept across much of Afghanistan, killing at least five people, destroying and damaging hundreds of houses, and sweeping away livestock, officials say.
A Pakistani human rights watchdog has urged the mainly Muslim country to endorse and implement measures to protect its religious minorities, which it says continue to face "harassment, arrest, or even death."
Huge crowds gathered for a rally in the Pakistan's Pashtun-dominated tribal region on April 14 to denounce what they said were human rights abuses and "enforced disappearances" by state security forces.
Decades of conflict and a recent severe drought have left many Afghans unable to provide enough food for their families. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spoke to people in Kabul who struggle with hunger every day.
The Taliban has announced a “ban” on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in areas the extremist group controls in Afghanistan.