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An explosion went off inside the campaign office of a parliamentary candidate in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, officials said.

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With less than two weeks before the parliamentary polls in Afghanistan, the United Nations' envoy to the country in a statement on Tuesday expressed hope that Afghans cast their votes without obstruction, threat or intimidation.

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US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to appoint their teams for negotiations.

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A US lawmaker has called for withdrawal of his country's troops from Afghanistan saying that objectives have already been accomplished.

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Six Afghan soldiers and 30 Taliban insurgents were killed in a clash in Afghanistan's northern province of Jowzjan, officials said Monday.

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As many as 16 Taliban militants have been killed in a premature explosion in Afghanistan's central-eastern Ghazni province, police said Monday.

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Bilal Pacha, a former local police commander in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with visiting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, discussing ways to reach peace with the Taliban.

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The United Nations said on Sunday that it documented 3,634 civilian casualties from bomb attacks in Afghanistan in the first nine months of 2018.

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Pakistan's foreign ministry said on Sunday that the country's consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city will reopen on Monday.

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