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Afghan maternity ward attack

The woman nursing the babies of murdered mothers Firooza Omar was at home when she heard about last week’s deadly attack. Militants had stormed the maternity ward of the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 24 people, including newborns, mothers and nurses. “I was breastfeeding...

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Sleepless nights for doctors in a war zone

Dr Yousef was the first in his family to get tested for Covid-19 – and the first to die. “He came home and said, ‘I’m not feeling well and I think I have the virus’,” Behtarin Paktiawal tells me, recalling what was a fateful day for his family. They...

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Taliban prisoner release amid Eid al-Fitr ceasefire

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has announced the release of up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners, after the Islamist group proposed a ceasefire. The announcement came shortly after the Taliban agreed the surprise three-day truce with Mr Ghani’s government for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. The president said their release...

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