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Asia & Oceania 17 Aug 2019 | 8:51 AM Premium

Afghan palace emerges from ruins as centenary nears

Reduced to ruins by decades of war, the Darulaman palace in Kabul is being fully renovated. Work at the famed palace must be completed by Aug 19, the date marking 100 years of Afghan independence from Britain.

World 29 Jul 2019 | 3:01 PM Premium

Death toll from attack on Afghan VP candidate's office rises to 20

KABUL (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide attack on the Kabul office of Amrullah Saleh, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate in September elections, reached 20 with at least 50 wounded, officials said on Monday as cleanup operations began.

World 28 Jul 2019 | 11:59 PM Premium

Afghan president launches re-election bid amid worsening security

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani launched his re-election campaign on Sunday, promising to start peace talks with the Taliban after decades of war and to transform his nation into a trade hub.

World 28 Jul 2019 | 9:43 PM Premium

Afghan VP candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds 25

KABUL (Reuters) - A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday, wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election and killing at least two others, officials said.

World 28 Jul 2019 | 4:19 PM Premium

Intra-Afghan talks only after U.S. agrees to withdraw troops - Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with the Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold such a meeting in the next two weeks, a senior Taliban official said.

Cricket 28 Jul 2019 | 12:25 AM Premium

Cricket - Vettori, Langeveldt take coaching roles with Bangladesh

(Reuters) - Bangladesh have appointed former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as a spin bowling consultant while former South Africa paceman Charl Langeveldt will become their new pace bowling coach, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.

World 27 Jul 2019 | 6:47 AM Premium

Saudi-led forces, Israel among states rapped by U.N. for killing children

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition fighting in Yemen killed or injured 729 children during 2018, accounting for nearly half the total child casualties, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the Security Council on Friday that blacklisted the coalition for a third year.

World 26 Jul 2019 | 7:47 PM Premium

Top U.S. general cautiously optimistic about Afghan peace push

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The top U.S. general said on Friday he was cautiously optimistic about efforts to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, in remarks that followed talks in Kabul with Afghanistan's president and the top U.S. negotiator.

World 26 Jul 2019 | 2:33 AM Premium

U.S. Senate confirms Milley as chairman of Joint Chiefs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to confirm four-star Army General Mark Milley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Donald Trump's most senior uniformed military adviser.

World 26 Jul 2019 | 12:58 AM Premium

Pompeo, Ghani agree to 'accelerate efforts' to end war in Afghanistan -State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani agreed that it was time to "accelerate efforts" to end the war in Afghanistan, the State Department said on Thursday.