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UN says Afghan civilian casualties down by 15% last year

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15% last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent … Read more

Russia steps in, trying to aid stalled Afghan peace process

The Conversation Why the US rejoining the Paris climate accord matters at home and abroad — 5 scholars explain Through the Paris Agreement, the world’s countries agreed to work to keep global warming well under 2 degrees Celsius. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty ImagesThe United States is formally back in the Paris climate agreement as of … Read more

NATO faces conundrum as it mulls Afghan pullout

ISLAMABAD (AP) — After 20 years of military engagement and billions of dollars spent, NATO and the United States still grapple with the same, seemingly intractable conundrum — how to withdraw troops from Afghanistan without abandoning the country to even more mayhem. An accelerated U.S. drawdown over the past few months, led by the previous … Read more

Gunmen kill 5 Afghan police escorting UN convoy near Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers killed five Afghan policemen escorting a U.N. convoy on the main highway heading east from Kabul before escaping, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said on Thursday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Afghanistan has seen a nationwide spike in bombings, targeted killings, and violence on … Read more