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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will inaugurate new parliament on Friday, more than six months after the election, a source told 1TV on Wednesday.

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The number of civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict fell by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, with a drop in suicide attacks, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Loya Jirga does not belong to a particular person, but it a Jirga of the state that is for convergence, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday.

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Civilian casualties have increased by 19 percent in Afghanistan, the country's Independent Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday.

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US Secretary State Mike Pompeo has expressed disappointment at the postponement of intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha as he spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani over the phone.

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The editor-in-chief of 1TV and senior journalist, Abdullah Khenjani, said that he was beaten up and briefly detained by the security guards of President Protective Service (PPS) as he was supposed to attend an off the record discussion at the Government Media Information Center on Monday.

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The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with President Ashraf Ghani and encouraged all sides to reach an understanding on participants of intra-Afghan dialogue and underscored the US's solidarity with the Afghan people's pursuit of a comprehensive peace agreement, the US Department of State said in a statement.

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Afghanistan's Supreme Court on Sunday ruled that President Ashraf Ghani, whose term officially ends next month, should remain in office until a new leader is elected in election scheduled for September.

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Afghan security forces have arrested a shadow district governor of the Taliban in southern province of Helmand, the country's intelligence agency said Sunday.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned Sunday's bomb blasts in Sri Lanka that caused hundreds of casualties.

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