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    Kabul Hospital attack death toll rises to 49

    The death toll from a brazen attack on Afghanistan’s largest military hospital by terrorists disguised as medics has risen to 49 with dozens wounded, a senior health official said on Thursday.

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    China hosts Afghan Taliban delegation: Report

    China hosted a delegation of top Afghan Taliban leaders recently as part of its efforts to encourage the militant group to join the peace process in the war-torn Afghanistan, a media report said today. 

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    Kazakhstan’s parliament approves bill on transfer of presidential powers

    Kazakhstan's parliament on Monday approved a package of amendments to the constitution to reduce presidential powers in favor of lawmakers and the cabinet, a move that could help lead to an eventual political transition.

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    Eleven Afghan police killed in insider attack

    An Afghan policeman linked to the Taliban shot dead 11 of his colleagues at a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand, officials said Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack”.

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    Taliban leader goes green, urges Afghans to plant trees

    Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees while Kabul government said the move was made to "deceive public opinion" and distract from the Taliban's "crimes and destruction."

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    Thousands of Azerbaijanis mark Khojaly massacre

    Thousands of Azerbaijanis in Baku on Sunday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly massacre, a 1992 attack which took the lives of hundreds of civilians, including children.

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    Azerbaijan president picks his wife as his vice president

    Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his wife to the post of vice president. Mehriban is the first to hold this post after it was created in September last year.

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    Security forces surround Afghan VP's house over abuse case

    Afghan security forces blocked roads and took up positions around the house of Vice President Rashid Dostum on Tuesday as a standoff flared up over accusations his men tortured one of his political opponents.

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    Uzbekistan, Tajikistan flights open new chapter in ties

    A plane carrying paying customers, officials and reporters completed the first commercial flight between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the first time in 25 years, signaling a hopeful new chapter in the two countries.

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    19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan Supreme court

    At least 19 people were killed and 41 wounded Tuesday in a suicide blast at Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul, officials said, the latest attack to rock the war-torn capital.

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    Afghanistan avalanches: Death toll hits 119

    Afghan officials were working on Monday to reach remote villages after avalanches and heavy snow killed at least 119 people around the country. A storm dumped as much as two metres (6.5 feet) of snow.

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    Afghan civilian casualties at record high in 2016: UN

    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the United Nations, the world body said, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants - one third of them children - killed or wounded.

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    Azerbaijan: Show Trial Ends with Harsh Sentences for Islamic Activists

    The trial of conservative Sh’ia religious activists involved in what is known as the 'Nardaran Affair' has reached its long-expected conclusion, with all 17 defendants sentenced to up to 20-year prison terms.

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    Kyrgyzstan: Life sentence reinstated for Uzbek activist

    Askarov, a 66-year old ethnic Uzbek, was sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2010 on charges of inciting a crowd to murder a police officer during inter-communal riots in the southern Kyrgyzstan

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    Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

    The government of Kazakhstan maintains a system of state subsidies for mass media, under which authorities pay outlets to cover selected topics in a particular way. These subsidies keep many struggling outlets afloat.

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    'Afghan govt ready to negotiate with Taliban'

    Afghanistan's top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal said his government is open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgents, Chinese media reported Monday.

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    Uzbekistan: Swiss Prosecutor Visit Reveals a Defiant Karimova

    After seeing much of Europe and countless beaches in Southeast Asia, Dmitry and Irina Dagbayev thought they might try something different for their next holiday.This time we decided on Uzbekistan

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    Freezing weather kills 27 Afghan children: Officials

    Heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in a remote district in northern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, with fears the toll could rise.

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    Kazakhstan registration law claims lives

    Anger is mounting in Kazakhstan at a strict new residency registration law after two people dropped dead at government service centers processing the permits.

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    Afghan govt says 'IS militants' kidnap 14 clerics

    An Afghan official says that individuals of the militant Islamic State (IS) group stormed a religious school in eastern Nangarhar province, kidnapping 14 clerics who were teaching at the school and two administrators.

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    'US, Afghan forces killed 33 civilians in self-defence'

    NATO confirmed Thursday that US forces in Afghanistan killed 33 Afghan citizens "in self-defence" in Kunduz last year in a single incident highlighting civilian casualties.

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    Five UAE officials among 56 killed in Afghan bombings

    Five UAE officials were among 56 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghan cities, authorities said Wednesday, as Taliban militants step up a deadly winter campaign of violence.

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    Russia opposes bid to lift sanctions on Hekmatyar

    The peace deal between the Afghan government and the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) is facing challenges as Russia has reportedly opposed the process to lift sanctions against the HIA chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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    Thousands protest against Daesh in Afghanistan

    Shouting slogans such as "Death to the enemies of Afghanistan!" and "Death to Daesh!", the Arabic acronym for IS, the protesters in the city of Herat marched to the governor's office, carrying pictures of Afghans killed

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