With an ageing population and a falling birth rate, the Nordic nation could benefit from refugees or immigrants. Instead, a recent wave of racism is driving many out.
In Pakistan, as in Kashmir, one finds brief moments of happiness amidst political uncertainty and grave injustice.
The US has no standardised process for making compensation payments to the families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed in US-led military operations.
At least 30 people were killed and dozens wounded by ISIS militants in a recent attack on a Kabul hospital– the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.
Although public attitudes have shifted since the Taliban’s hardline rule ended, many people still disapprove of women stepping outside their homes.
A witness saw one gunman, dressed in a white doctor’s coat, take out a concealed AK-47 and open fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker.
Saudi Arabia has no law against transgender people, but the kingdom has carried out arrests for cross-dressing and ordered the imprisonment and flogging of men accused of behaving like women, according to US-based Human Rights Watch.
The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan has repeatedly warned that the effectiveness of police and soldiers to fight the insurgency has been undermined by irregular pay and leave, exacerbated by corruption and weak leadership from commanders.
Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan are trying to work together to counter the IS’s regional franchise, but they first need to overcome their suspicion of one another.
Afghan refugees, some who have spent decades in Pakistan, have been forced to return to their home country, which continues to struggle with recovering from its history of wars and violence.
Witness/Kashmir 1986-2016, which features nine Kashmiri photographers from different eras, is about the personal as well as the collective memory of a people and their relation to their homeland.
Engaging and enticing Pakistan into giving up its jihadist adventure in Afghanistan has let the country believe it can get away with harbouring terrorists.
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Ghalanai in the Mohmand Agency.
Human Rights Watch has described the treatment of Afghans in Pakistan as “a toxic combination of deportation threats and police abuses”
US military officials say their aircraft have conducted around 30 air strikes in Helmand in the past week.
Since ISIS presence in Afghanistan is still a secondary threat, Afghanistan should degrade Taliban’s terror structure before shifting the focus of the war.
The bomber appeared to have entered an area where guards were performing security checks when he detonated the explosives.
Casualties among children spiked by 24% in 2016, largely as a result of a major increase in casualties from unexploded ordnance.
In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is home to the Hazara community is a rare exception.
Journalists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are in a perilous position as they become targets for militants who view them as pro-government.
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh in northern Afghanistan, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government.
In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 the anti-corruption watchdog observed that populist leaders promising to end corruption may in fact be feeding it.
Only adhering to the dominant western narrative can we say ‘post-truth’ is a recent phenomenon. The Indian scenario suggests the contrary.
Human rights and other groups are now worried that president-elect Donald Trump will conduct drone strikes more aggressively.
More than 100 women who have lost their loved ones to ISIS have joined the fight against the most feared terrorist group acting as unorganised vigilantes.
The collapsed bridge has become a lifeline for civilians who take suitcases to escape east to Zuhur, while those who come back bring supplies.
The rising influx of refugees will put pressure on the limited resources of Afghanistan, which has already been ravaged by war for more than a decade.
The Ministry of Interior raised the death toll from the Kabul attack to 38, while 13 people were confirmed dead in Kandahar, where diplomats were killed while on a visit to open an orphanage.
The militant movement immediately claimed responsibility for the attack saying its target was a minibus carrying staff from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.
The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia.
Speaking at the external affairs ministry’s mid-term press conference, M.J. Akbar criticised the trilateral meeting on Taliban for excluding Afghanistan.
Chanting “Death to the enemies of Afghanistan!” and “Death to Daesh!”, the protesters in the city of Herat marched on the governor’s office, carrying pictures of Shiites killed in recent attacks.
A round-up of major happenings in Afghanistan in the last week.
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Although repatriation is not compulsory, Islamabad has stepped up pressure to send people back and numbers have risen sharply in recent months.
A giant set of security gates brought in from China to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling has not been installed for five months.
Indian officials say the arrest of an ISIS fighter who claims to have been preparing to attack the Indian consulate in Jalalabad is “vindication” of New Delhi’s belief of strong Pakistani links propping up the militant group’s operations in Afghanistan.
Afghan authorities are appealing to local elders in the eastern province of Nuristan to help prevent militants loyal to ISIS from expanding into new territory.
Russia’s budding military relationship with Pakistan was “purely commercial,” he said, unlike the “special” partnership with India.
The summit declaration called for regional and international cooperation to eliminate terrorism