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On 30 April in Asian history


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Updated on April 30, 2018

125: Death of emperor An of Han of the Chinese Han Dynasty, born in 94

1030: Death of Mahmud of Ghazni, Indian ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty, born on October 2, 971

1063: Death of Renzong, 4th emperor of the Song dynasty (1022-1063), born on 30 May 1010

1550: King Tabinshwehti of Burma is decapited by one of his chamberlains

1637: Death of Niwa Nagashige, Japanese daimyo, born May 11, 1571

1839: Birth of Japanese painter Yoshitoshi

1865 : Birth of Patrocinio Gamboa, more popularly known as Tia Patron, Philippine Revolution heroine who died on November 24, 1953

1870: Birth of Dadasaheb Phalke, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter who died on February 16, 1944


1888: Kuroda Kiyotaka becomes 2nd Prime Minister of Meiji era, up to 0ctober 1889

1910: Birth of Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu poet and lyricist who died on June 15, 1983

1910: Birth of Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and lyricist who died on April 2, 2002

1919: Paris Peace Conference decides to transfer German interests in Shandong to Japan

1926: Birth of Shrinivas Khale, Indian composer/music director from Maharashtra, India, who died on September 2, 2011

1937: The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative,_1937

1944: Beginning of the two months siege of Kohima (Burma) by the Japanese

1944 : Birth of Sonal Mansingh, Indian classical dancer

1946 : The Philippine Rehabilitation Act of 1946, approved by the US Congress is signed by the president

1947: In Japan, victory of the conservatives in the local elections

1950: In Japan, General Ridgway authorizes the revision of general MacArthur ordnances

1963: In Laos, Prince Souvana Phouma breaks negotiations with Pathet Lao

1970: President Nixon announces invasion of Cambodia

1975: Fall of Saigon. South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh surrenders to the North Vietnamese forces

1979: Deng Xiaoping proposes the creation of special economic zones

1982: The Bijon Setu massacre of monks occurs in Calcutta

1989: Death of Bangja (Euimin), crown princess of Korea, born on 4 November 1901

1989: Birth of Jang Wooyoung, South Korean singer

1995: Death of General Maung Maung Kha, Myanmar Prime Minister (1977-1988), born on 7 June 1920

1999: Cambodia is the 10th and last country to join the Association of South-East Asian Nation (ASEAN)

2002: In Pakistan, a referendum overwhelmingly (97 % of votes) approves the presidency of General Pervez Musharraf  for another five years

2004: In Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected to be the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah is arrested the day of his release. Some fights between police and his followers

2006: Death of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist, born on February 20, 1925

2011: Cambodia asks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify its 1962 ruling over the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear as its military clashes with Thailand continued after a truce

2011: Communist Laos holds a general election for a new parliament, a body that has gained more power in this one-party state in recent years

2012: Hong Kong said it would delay the introduction of mandatory « national education » classes, which have been criticised as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese patriotism.

2012: Death of Achala Sachdev, Indian actress, born on May 3, 1920

2013: Death of Roberto Chabet, Filipino painter and sculptor, born on March 29, 1937–father-of-ph-concecptual-art–passes-away–144628671.html

2014: Brunei sultan launches new penal code that will eventually include stoning, amputation and flogging as punishments

2014: At least 50 people  injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism

2015 : Vietnam marks 40 years since end of war with the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam–grand-parade-marks-40-years-of-reunification.html

2015 : A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education


Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Liberation Day

Vietnam home Policy and society

30 APRIL 2018

Vietnam’s Trong Cleans Out the Party

5 APRIL 2018

Vietnam ‘jails prominent human rights lawyer’ Nguyen Van Dai

Nguyen Van Dai, the Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, has been jailed for 15 years, along with five other activists who have been given prison terms of 7-12 years

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam dissident singer Mai Khoi detained at Hanoi airport after Europe tour

Vietnamese singer and activist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, an outspoken campaigner for free speech, was detained in the capital Hanoi on Tuesday after flying home from Europe, her husband said

17 MARCH 2018

Vietnam’s reformist ex-PM Phan Van Khai dies at age 84

Khai was the architect of Vietnam’s Business Law that transformed the economy by creating a private sector. He was also Vietnam’s first post-war leader to pay an official visit to Washington

1 MARCH 2018

Vietnamese activist Pham Doan Trang interrogated for pro-democracy book in hiding after ‘miracle’ escape

Former journalist Pham Doan Trang said she was held for questioning for several hours on Saturday over her most recent work Politics for the Masses, which is outlawed in the country


Vietnamese activist Hoang Duc Binh jailed for 14 years for live-streaming protest against steel plant’s pollution

A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail on Tuesday for live-streaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean

22 JANUARY 2018

Improving relations between Hanoi and the Vatican. Msgr.Camilleri on a pastoral visit

The visit to Vietnam by the undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Secretariat of State, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, (January 16-20), testifies to the progress of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Hanoi.

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement over losses in state oil firm PetroVietnam

29 DECEMBER 2917

Nine jailed in Vietnam for ‘attempt to overthrow state’

A Vietnamese court has jailed nine people for « attempting to overthrow the state », official media reported on Friday (Dec 29), the latest heavy sentence doled out in a harsh crackdown this year against activists in the one-party state

27 DECEMBER 2017

Vietnam unveils 10,000-strong cyber unit to combat ‘wrong views’

Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter « wrong » views on the Internet, local media reported, amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state


Vietnam emerges as crucial player in South East Asia

Economy is enjoying one of the fastest growth rates in Asia as both China and the US look to firm up ties


Ahead of APEC Summit, 17 NGOs appeal for activists held by Hanoi

A group of 17 non-governmental organizations have written  a joint letter calling on leaders who are gathering this week to take part in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to exert pressure on host nation Vietnam to release detained bloggers and human rights activists,-17-NGOs-appeal-for-activists-held-by-Hanoi-42260.html

6 OCTOBER 2017

Party chief of Da Nang relieved of post, removed from powerful Communist Party of Vietnam central committee

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has dismissed the Party chief of Da Nang from his post and eliminated him from the committee for violating principle, including using invalid degrees and accepting cars and houses from businesses


Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

A Vietnam court sentenced to death a former chairman of state-run PetroVietnam on Friday after finding him guilty in the mass trial of 51 officials and bankers accused of graft and mismanagement that led to losses of US$69 million (£51.43 million)

29 JUNE 2017

Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday (June 29), her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as « outrageous »

25 JUNE 2017

Hanoi Expels French-Vietnamese Professor and Government Critic Pham Minh Hoang

French-Vietnamese professor Pham Minh Hoang has been deported to Paris, according to his wife and supporters of the former political prisoner

21 JUNE 2017

Report: Vietnamese activists under constant threat of violence

An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression

8 MAY 2017

Ho Chi Minh City’s top leader removed from Vietnam’s Politburo

The Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Dinh La Thang has been warned and dismissed from the Politburo of the Party Central Committee for multiple financial wrongdoings he had committed when leading Vietnam’s oil and gas behemoth

19 APRIL 2017

Fighting corruption in Vietnam requires institutional reform

The first half of 2016 saw Vietnam’s fight against corruption gain new momentum. Having consolidated his power after being re-elected as Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong issued resolutions and directives aimed at tightening party members’ ethical conduct

29 DECEMBER 2016

Vietnam economy propelled by manufacturing and building boom

Vietnam’s economy is estimated to grow 6.2 percent in 2016, propelled by a manufacturing and building boom


Is Vietnam’s new religion law a smokescreen for political repression?

A controversial law on religion passed in Vietnam has triggered renewed fears of state repression in the name of national unity

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Vietnam vows full speed ahead with economic reforms, with or without the TPP

As Donald Trump prepares to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade pact is helping to spur the biggest overhaul of Vietnam’s economy in décades

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Alert: No wives for 4 million Vietnamese men

Some four million men in Vietnam will have no opportunity of getting married by 2050 if the current imbalance in the nation’s sex ratio persists, said experts

4 OCTOBER 2016

Vietnam War propaganda broadcaster ‘Hanoi Hannah’ dies

Silky-voiced communist propaganda broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah”, famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said Tuesday

23 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s New Prime Minister Quietly Turns the Wheels of Economic Reform

Phuc took office in the shadow of a highly charismatic predecessor — former prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung. With a focus on straightforward, practical economic measures, the new government has quietly embarked on a series of promising reforms

25 JULY 2016

Tran Dai Quang re-elected as President

The swearing-in ceremony took place soon after the voting result came in, of which 485 out of 487 members of the newly-elected National Assembly voted for Trần Đại Quang to become the next President

17 JULY 2016

Vietnamese authorities stop anti-China protest in Hanoi

Dozen of Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi were taken away by police as they tried to rally support for an international tribunal’s ruling rejecting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea

27 JUNE 2016

Top Chinese envoy visits Vietnam as South China Sea tension rises

China`s top diplomat met Vietnam`s leadership on Monday during a scheduled visit aimed at strengthening historically close relations at a time when ties are strained by squabbles over the South China Sea

22 MAY 2016

Vietnam launches parliamentary election

More than 69.2 million Vietnamese are set to cast votes to elect members of the national and local legislative bodies in the country’s biggest-ever general election on Sunday

20 MAY 2016

Vietnam Releases Prominent Dissident Ahead of Obama Visit

Family members of dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest for advocating democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, confirmed his release, which occurred around 8 a.m. local time.

7 APRIL 2016

Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected Vietnam’s PM

Vietnam elected Thursday a new Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to lead the emerging economy as it comes under increasing pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system

6 APRIL 2016

Vietnam’s assembly ‘dismisses’ prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister has stepped down after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises, but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China

2 APRIL 2016

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman Tran Dai Quang as president

Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday (April 2), elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts

31 MARCH 2016

Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly

Veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected with 95.5 percent of votes after a poll in the country’s 500-strong legislative body early Thursday, state-run VTV said.

25 MARCH 2016

The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today

Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls

23 MARCH 2016

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

A prominent Vietnamese blogger was handed a five-year jail term on Wednesday (Mar 23) on anti-state charges, a heavy sentence that was roundly condemned by lawyers and media watchdogs as a « travesty of justice »

17 MARCH 2016

Vietnam’s ‘Lady Gaga’ joins groups of dissidents and activists running for parliament

Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi, dubbed « Vietnam’s Lady Gaga » for her risqué outfits, is running for parliament along with a group of dissidents and activists

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s uphill battle against corruption

Since 1994, the party has consistently identified corruption as a major threat to the survival of the regime. Although the CPV adopted anti-corruption laws 10 years ago, the party still combats corruption among its members through so-called self-criticism campaign to ‘alert, warn and deter’ corrupt officials

28 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveils new leadership at 12th National Congress

Re-elected General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong pledged to maintain a pro-growth status quo that balances foreign ties and cements a consensus leadership that analysts say was strained by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s assertiveness in the latter years of his administration

27 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam Communist Party boss Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected

Mr Trong, who is 71 and effectively the most powerful man in Vietnam, was the only candidate nominated. He is seen as a conservative and closer to China.–nguyen-phu-trong-re-elected-party-secretary-general.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung pulls out of party boss race

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has withdrawn from the contest to lead the ruling Communist Party.

24 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party boss ‘to run unopposed’

The General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, will be the only candidate for the post at a party congress, state media report.

21 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders

The 12th national congress of Vietnam’s Communist Party opened on Thursday morning, which will see the election of a new Central Committee and outline the country’s next socio-economic plan.

19 JANUARY 2016

Viet congress will see fight for top post

Vietnam’s five-yearly Communist Party Congress opens tomorrow with a fierce contest expected as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung challenges current party chief Nguyen Phu Trong for the top post

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s Leadership Succession Struggle

While Vietnamese vary in their political perspectives, there is a broad desire among them for the country’s politics to be liberated from unaccountable politics dominated by entrenched elites. Whether the 12th party congress brings that outcome closer remains to be seen.

11 JANUARY 2016

Party Central Committee’s 14th meeting opens

The 14th meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee opened in Hanoi on January 11, scheduled to discuss the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and finalise personnel preparations for the next tenure

6 JANUARY 2016

Fast-growing Vietnamese economy going blue

Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and having the potential to be one of the great success stories in development, Vietnam should pursue high growth through sustainable development, especially through blue economy, foreign experts say

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country

13 NOVEMBER 2015

How Will Vietnam’s New Communist Princelings Shape the Country’s Future?

The Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) is preparing a new slate of leaders to replace the old guard who are retiring at the 12th National Congress in 2016. Public attention has been drawn to the rise of young ‘princelings’ — the children of current or former leaders in communist authoritarian regimes like Vietnam and China — to local executive positions and bodies



Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam’s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule

27 JUNE 2015

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer Le Quoc Quan

 Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday, after spending two and a half years in jail on tax evasion charges

24 JUNE 2015

Vietnam’s legendary musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Professor Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, died at the age of 94 on Wednesday, after nearly a month of fighting for his life at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital

15 MAY 2015

Vietnam’s democratisation movement

Since the mid 1990s, public criticism of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) government has expanded to involve thousands of citizens across the country

30 APRIL 2015

Vietnam marks 40 years since end of war

The war pitted communist North Vietnam against the US-backed South and ended with the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, on April 30th, 1975–grand-parade-marks-40-years-of-reunification.html


13 FERUARY 2015

Popular Vietnamese communist party official Nguyen Ba Thanh dies

The 61-year-old Nguyen Ba Thanh was the former top official in central Danang, and helped transform the coastal city into a tourism and investment hub by cutting corruption and red tape, then, head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency


Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field

The underlying diplomatic philosophy is to create interdependent relations with as many major powers as possible, while avoiding taking sides. And whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs, Vietnam is unlikely to change course any time soon.

9 JANUARY 2015

Vietnam Expects Intense Political Year in 2015

2015 will be an intensely political year. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s 12th Congress will convene in January 2016 to renew the nation’s leadership. Aspirants to top positions are already canvassing district and provincial party organisations for support


Vietnam writer Nguyen Quang Lap ‘arrested over blog’

An award-winning Vietnamese writer has been arrested, reportedly for publishing criticism of the Communist government on his blog.

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s PM wins approval in parliamentary confidence vote

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung survived a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday, with 64 per cent of the delegates giving a vote of ‘high confidence’ in his leadership and 14 per cent showing’low confidence

22 OCTOBER 2014

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

 Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent bloggers whose case was raised by President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being jailed for 12 years by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of « anti-state propaganda. »

20 OCTOBER 2014

Gender equality has improved much in Vietnam

Gender equality in Vietnam has vastly improved during the past 20 years, said Hoang Ba Thinh, director of the Center for Gender, Population, Environment and Social Affairs under Vietnam’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Public sector corruption on the rise in Vietnam

Public sector corruption remains serious and complex, especially in finance and banking, land and natural resources management and exploitation, and public investment, a high-ranking government official said Monday.


17 OCTOBER 2014

Vietnam’s Ex-Lawmaker Maintains Innocence After 18-Year ‘Harsh’ Jail Term

Fresh from his release from 18 years in jail, Le Van Tinh, a former Vietnamese lawmaker said he had faced harsh treatment during his imprisonment, most of which was in solitary confinement, because he had maintained his innocence on charges of plotting to overthrow the communist government in Hanoi.

3 OCTOBER 2014

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defence

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea

2 OCTOBER 2014

Poverty projected to fall by experts

The rate of households living under the poverty line in Viet Nam is expected to remain below five per cent in 2015 and fall by about 1.5 per cent annually until 2020.


Vietnam ‘can look to Singapore for help on financial reform’

Vietnam can tap Singapore for help to reform and transform areas such as its financial sector, emeritus senior minister Goh Chok Tong said yesterday at the start of his four-day official visit to the country


HRW: Vietnam police abuse, torture

Vietnamese police abuse and sometimes torture people in custody for crimes as minor as traffic violations and are rarely disciplined for a practice that has lead to deaths of detainees, Human Rights Watch said.



The U.S.-Vietnam 123 Agreement Could Help Vietnam’s Electricity Needs

The Vietnamese government has laid out an ambitious plan to meet future electricity demands, but making use of multiple energy sources remains a challenge. In this context, the U.S.-Vietnam nuclear cooperation agreement could play a critical role in shaping the country’s electricity production over the next decades.

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development

26 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam jails activists for up to three years

A Vietnamese court has jailed three activists for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday, after a one-day trial marked by strict security including the detention of scores of supporters.


31 JULY 2014

UN envoy says Vietnam still ‘violating’ religious freedom

Vietnam was accused of « serious violations » of religious freedom by a UN expert on Thursday, despite the communist country making some progress on easing tight state control of matters of faith–62970.html

30 JULY 2014

‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge

A former ambassador to Beijing was among 60 prominent members of Vietnam’s Communist Party urging the country’s leaders to « escape » reliance on China through political and economic reforms

15 MAY 2014

Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests

At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting, Reuters news agency has reported, as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea

14 MAY 2014

Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests

At least 500 people have been arrested after protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire across Vietnam Tuesday amid an eruption of anti-China sentiment following Beijing’s deployment an oil rig in contested waters last week

11 MAY 2014

Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute

Hundreds of people across Vietnam have protested against China’s role in a sea dispute – the largest rallies of their kind recently in the communist country


14 APRIL 2014

Vietnam Frees at Least One More Political Activist

Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger, was released from a prison in southern Ho Chi Minh City at the weekend, his father said on Monday. Trung was convicted of subversion and news of his release was not made public

7 APRIL 2014

Vietnamese Dissident Arrives in US after Early Release from Prison

One of Vietnam’s best known dissidents, a rights lawyer and son of a revolutionary poet, has been released early from prison. Afterwards, he traveled to the United States. Lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, 56, is one of Vietnam’s most famous dissidents. He had served three years of a seven-year prison sentence before he was suddenly released

19 MARCH 2014

Vietnam jails blogger for critical posts

A Hanoi court finds dissident Pham Viet Dao guilty of « abusing democratic freedoms » in the latest crackdown on dissent.

16 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s child workers number 1.75m

Viet Nam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey

15 MARCH 2014

Bitter taste brewing in Vietnamese coffee

Vietnam is now one of the largest coffee producers and exporters in the world — with a 20 per cent global market share. Although roasted and instant coffee exports have increased steadily, the industry faces risks due to its low capacity to deal with world price fluctuations

12 MARCH 2014

Vietnamese police fabricates evidence, distorts witness statements to convict blogger

Bui Thi Minh Hang has been in jail for a month with two other people without any indictment. As she continues her hunger strike, police tries to extort false statements against her from five activists. Despite the lack of evidence of any guilt, she could get from three months to three years in prison.,-distorts-witness-statements-to-convict-blogger-30540.html

4 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s popular blogger jailed on anti-state charges

Popular Vietnamese blogger and journalist Truong Duy Nhat was jailed for two years on Tuesday for posting articles critical of the Communist government and leaders, his lawyer said

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Vietnam upholds dissident lawyer jail term

Scores of police encircled the Hanoi People’s Court of Appeals, which upheld a two and a half year jail sentence for Catholic lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, whose conviction in October was denounced by rights campaigners as politically motivated.


Vietnamese diplomat seeks asylum in Switzerland

A Vietnamese diplomat once posted at the country’s consulate in Geneva says he has sought political asylum in Switzerland, just days before a UN review of Vietnam’s human rights record.

22 JANUARY 2014

Vietnam delays nuclear plant project

The Vietnamese government has decided to defer a plan to build a nuclear power plant for at least two years to ensure safety measures are put in place.

20 JANUARY 2014

Vietnam sentences 30 heroin smugglers to death in biggest drugs trial

Vietnam has sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin

14 JANUARY 2014

Vietnamese Security Agents Assault Monk of Banned Buddhist Church

Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new executive committee, an affiliated advocacy group said Tuesday

10 JANUARY 2014

The Rise and Survival of Nguyen Tan Dung: A New Era in Vietnamese Politics

The twisting political fortune and enigmatic personae of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung provides a particularly interesting illustration of Vietnam’s changing political scene.

9 JANUARY 2014

Workers clash with police in Vietnam

Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam have battled police and torched motorbikes, in a rare outbreak of labour violence in the tightly controlled country

Vietnamese police block Buddhist Memorial Day celebrations

More than a hundred agents are « intercepting, harassing and intimidating » monks, nuns and ordinary members of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, denying access to the Long Quang Pagoda in Hue. Those who are arrested have come from various parts of the country to join the celebration

8 JANUARY 2014

Death row Vietnam executive in ‘shock’ graft trial claim: report

The former boss of a scandal-mired Vietnamese state shipping firm alleged he paid bribes to senior communist party officials to try to evade arrest, state media said Wednesday.

3 JANUARY 2014

Fixing Vietnam’s Economy

Vietnam has been facing a debt crisis since 2006 although its difficulties began before that when the rapidly changing economy exposed a number of key weaknesses such as inflation, a skyrocketing state budget deficit and the inefficient use of SOEs as economic spearheads.


Main news on Afghanistan


30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations


China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan–Afghanistan-Taliban

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020


Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters


Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace effortsèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.


U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults


Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies


Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001


Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.


Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.


Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.


Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.


Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.


Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.


Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence


Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.


Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil


Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues. 


Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

15 MAY 2014

Afghan election results confirm Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Afghanistan’s presidential election will go to a second-round vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed

4 MAY 2014

2,000 killed in Afghanistan’s landslides

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said

2 MAY 2014

Afghanistan landslide ‘kills at least 350’

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan

26 APRIL 2014

Afghan election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May

24 APRIL 2014

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture names a road in Kabul as the « Press Freedom Road. »

13 APRIL 2014

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election

5 APRIL 2014

Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power

16 MARCH 2014

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

15 MARCH 2014

Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year. He said that his military was ready to take over and were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without assistance.

9 MARCH 2014

Afghan Vice President Qassim Fahim dies at 57

Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, who suffered from diabetes, dies of natural causes, authorities say.

3 MARCH 2014

Karzai: Afghan war fought in West’s interest

Expressing « extreme anger » towards the United States government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country’s interests in mind.

13 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan releases ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison on Thursday despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces.

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan halts suspected reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of the statue’s feet, the United Nations said.


Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says

An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.


Afghan vote campaign begins amid violence

Campaigning for the presidential elections in Afghanistan has begun, stained by the deaths of two aides for the front-runner in a gun attack.

24 JANUARY 2014

Ismail Khan survives premature suicide attack

Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province

22 JANUARY 2014

HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said

17 JANUARY 2014

IMF and UN officials killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.

14 JANUARY 2014

Female police tapped in Kabul

Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.

4 JANUARY 2014

2014 budget draft rejected by Lower House

The Lower House of Parliament voted by majority to reject the 2014 government budget draft assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), requiring the Ministry to reassess its draft and make a number of changes.

3 JANUARY 2014

Karzai puts hold on Bagram prisoner realeases

In a press release issued from the Presidential Palace on Friday, it was said that the large tranche of 650 detainees expected to be released from Bagram prison on order of President Hamid Karzai’s Commission for Addressing Bagram Prisoner Cases would be put on hold and reassessed by officials.

30 DECEMBER 2013

US report predicts chaos in Afghanistan

Assessment says progress over past three years likely to be eroded by 2017, while some say prediction is pessimistic

16 DECEMBER 2013

Australian troops leave Afghanistan

More than 1,000 Australian troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of a deployment that has left dozens of troops dead and hundreds more seriously wounded.


Women are the main victims in Afghanistan: UN

The United Nations (UN) Women office released a report on violence against women over the course of the past 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. The report argued women have been the greatest victims of the volatility in Afghanistan over the years, and implored the government to take steps to protect women’s rights moving forward.

23 NOVEMBER 2013

Afghan jirga members urge Karzai to sign US security pact

Members of an Afghan grand assembly debating a crucial security pact with the United States voiced concern Saturday at President Hamid Karzai’s insistence it will not be signed until after April’s election to choose his successor.

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Hamid Karzai tells tribal elders to delay US troop deal till next year

Afghanistan’s president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring’s elections.

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Just over a year before NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan, and after over a decade of counternarcotics initiatives, the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) released a report indicating poppy cultivation had spiked from 2012 and showed no sign of abatement.


Karzai criticises timing of Taliban leader’s killing

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tells visiting US Congress delegation that drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud « took place at an unsuitable time » but expresses hope the peace process will not suffer

25 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s only female presidential candidate demands right to run

Afghans can vote for an Islamist warlord but not a woman in next year’s presidential election after only female candidate is disqualified

21 OCTOBER 2013

Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.

15 OCTOBER 2013

Afghan bomb kills Logar governor Arsala Jamal in mosque

The governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province has been killed in a blast in a mosque, during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

15 OCTOBER 2013

Women And Conflict In Afghanistan

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

13 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban learder warns against US-Afghanistan pact

Taliban leader Mullah Omar warned Sunday an agreement between Washington and Kabul on maintaining a US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 would have « serious consequences ».

Kerry fails to seal security deal with Karzai

The US secretary of state has left Afghanistan after failing to reach a full agreement over the withdrawal of US troops next year.

12 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistani Taliban deputy arrested in Afghanistan

Latifullah Mehsud, a close aide of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in a American operation in the eastern Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. officials.

10 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s most fearsome warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, apologises for decades of war as he puts together campaign to become country’s next vice-president

7 OCTOBER 2013

Hamid Karzai blasts Nato for Afghanistan ‘suffering’

As the end of his time in office approaches, the Afghan president has said Nato has brought much death and misery to his country, but little security

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former Islamist warlord who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan to run for president

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf announced his candidacy on Thursday by driving through the capital Kabul in a motorcade made up of heavily armed former Mujahideen fighters.


Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.


Suicide attack targets US consulate in Afghanistan

Just before dawn on Friday, two vehicles filled with explosives were detonated in front of the U.S. Consulate in Herat and five assailants proceeded to lay siege on the consulate with heavy and light gunfire. Although the attack was eventually subdued by Afghan and U.S. forces, it left a number of civilian and security personnel casualties and heavy structural damage in its wake.


Female Afghan MP freed for Taliban detainees

A female Afghan parliamentarian was freed by the Taliban on Saturday in exchange for several militants, a provincial lawmaker said. The Taliban said the freed prisoners were “four innocent women and two children.”


Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said.


Karzai appoints new Afghan interior minister

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed Mohammad User Daudzai as the country’s new interior minister, officials have said.

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

18 AUGUST 2013

Afghan politicians in Munich issue resolutions

Afghan politicians gathered in Munich, Germany, to discuss the future of the Afghan political system came to a series of resolutions that involve a change in the structure of government in Afghanistan, candidates for the upcoming presidential election and the peace negotiation process with the Taliban.

14 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan: MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar abducted in Ghazni

The Taliban have kidnapped a female Afghan MP as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, the authorities say.

11 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan’s pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels

For years Noor Zia Atmar was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.

3 AUGUST 2013

Afghan attack targets Indian mission

Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians.

31 JULY 2013

Afghan civilian casualties jump by 23 per cent

A surge in Taliban attacks as security is handed to local forces in Afghanistan has reversed a recent decline in civilian casualties, according to a United Nations report.

30 JULY 2013

UN: Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process

Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

24 JULY 2013

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Burma’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.

22 JULY 2013

Danish troops withdraw from Afghanistan

Denmark exits Afghanistan after twelve years. The Danish contingent of combat troops began their withdrawal from Camp Price in Helmand Province on Monday.

Afghan parliament sacks minister over worsening security

Afghanistan’s parliament has voted to dismiss the country’s interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157,000-strong police force has failed to deliver security.

18 JULY 2013

Afghanistan, US Dispute Millions in Customs Fines

The Afghan government’s customs agency is demanding $70 million in fines for U.S. shipping containers that do not have validated customs forms.                                                                     

13 JULY 2013

Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.                                                                            

9 JULY 2013

Taliban close Qatar office in protest at flag removal

The Afghan Taliban have closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar to protest the removal of its flag and a sign identifying the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and Taliban official have said.                                                                           

Washington Considers Total Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering an option for withdrawal from Afghanistan next year that would leave no American troops in the South Asian nation.                                             

30 JUNE 2013

British PM in Afghanistan to revive peace talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan hoping to revive stalled Taliban peace talks and reassure Afghan troops that foreign forces won’t leave them high and dry in 2014.

24 JUNE 2013

Afghan Women’s Political Power Revoked

Women’s rights in Afghanistan take yet another hit, as conservative male parliamentarians secretly remove a legal requirement that states women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elections.                                                                                                            

19 JUNE 2013

Karzai suspends talks with US over Taliban move

The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.                                                                                                                                                    

12 JUNE 2013

17 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack on Supreme Court

At least 17 Afghan civilians, including six judges, were killed and more than 40 were wounded Tuesday afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside of Kabul’s Supreme Court

3 JUNE 2013

Land grabling, a new concern for Afghanistan

A Parliamentary Commission on Supervising the Government’s Activities on Monday said that about 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan.                                                                                                                 

21 MAY 2013

More Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’, says HRW

The number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for « moral crimes » has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, a rights group says.                                                                                                                                                                              

19 MAY 2013

Karzai Seeks Indian Military Aid Amid Tensions with Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan’s disputed border with Pakistan.                                   

18 MAY 2013

Angry Afghan MPs halt debate on women’s rights

Conservative lawmakers in Aghanistan halted a debate on women’s rights after just 15 minutes today, failing to approve a law that aims to protect women because parts of it violate Islamic principles, an Afghan legislator said.

13 MAY 2013

‘Corrupt’ Afghan MPs are named in parliament

Afghan lawmakers accused of corruption have been named in parliament by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, triggering noisy cheering and applause in the lower house.                                                                                                                                                    

13 MAY 2013

Taliban renounces war on anti-polio workers

The Taliban has ended its war on polio vaccination workers and admitted immunisation is the only way to protect children from the disease, its leadership said in a statement issued today.                                    

9 MAY 2013

Karzai to allow US bases in Afghanistan after Nato withdrawal

Afghanistan is ready to let America retain nine bases in the country after Nato’s combat mission ends next year, Hamid Karzai has said.                                                                                                                                                              

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week.

4 MAY 2013

Karzai Says He Was Assured C.I.A. Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash

The C.I.A.’s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed.

29 APRIL 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms secret US cash ‘help’

The Afghan president has admitted his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately.                  

27 APRIL 2013

Afghan Taliban declare ‘spring offensive’

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced the start of their annual « spring offensive » against the US-backed government, vowing a nationwide series of attacks as foreign troops withdraw.                                              

7 APRIL 2013

NATO airstrike kills Afghan children

At least 18 people, including 11 children, have been killed in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan.

1 APRIL 2013

Gunshots in front of BNP chief’s office

Three shots were fired “targeting” BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital last night, said her press staff. The BNP chief was inside at the time of the shooting                                                               

31 MARCH 2013

Karzai meets emir of Qatar for peace talks

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has met with the emir of Qatar to discuss plans for the Taliban to open an office in the Gulf state.

28 MARCH 2013

Child-abuse victims jailed in Afghanistan

The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction center in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school.                                                                                            

25 MARCH 2013

Last US-controlled prison handed over in Afghanistan

The transfer of Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government ends a bitter chapter in relations between the two countries.

18 MARCH 2013

Afghan women as a measure of progress

3 MARCH 2013

Amid Hagel visit, Karzai accuses U.S. of conspiring with Taliban

The often-volatile U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai grew increasingly strained Sunday as Karzai accused the U.S. and Taliban insurgents of having a secret understanding to foment violence as a pretext to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan.,0,3678038.story?track=rss                                                                                                                      

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan police ‘sell weapons to Taliban, are addicted to drugs and kidnap and rape young boys’

NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of possible torture, murder by U.S. forces

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders all U.S. Special Forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                         

11 FEBRUARY 2013

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year’s deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.                  


Study: Afghans paid nearly $4 billion in bribes last year

Afghans paid bribes totaling about $3.9 billion last year — twice the country’s domestic revenue — and two-thirds of the population says it’s acceptable for civil servants to take kickbacks for providing basic services, according to a U.N. survey released Thursday.,0,230019.story?track=rss


Afghanistan: post-withdrawal engagement

The earnest desire of Afghanistan neighbors’ is to restore sustainable peace and security in the country. Peaceful Afghanistan is not only essential for combating and curbing the menace of transnational terrorist organizations, but also necessary for the economic prosperity of the region. The new silk route could only be possible, if the prevalent anarchy in Afghanistan was replaced by a stable political system and the rule of law ensured in the entire country.                                                                                                                              

31 JANUARY 2013

Afghan Female Artist Beats the Odds

Charred bodies lie scattered against blood-stained walls and debris covers the ground. For Afghanistan, the only unusual thing in this gruesome scene is that the blood is red paint – and part of an art installation. It’s a work by Afghan artist Malina Suliman, 23, who risks her life, sometimes working by flashlight after dark, to create art in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and still one of the country’s most dangerous areas.                                                                                                                                                              

15 JANUARY 2013

Victory in Afghanistan? Not without U.S. troops

White House talk of 3,000 personnel — or none — by the end of 2014 ignores the reality of the situation there.,0,2039254.story

13 JANUARY 2013

Afghan President Karzai Pays Visit to Washington

2 JANUARY 2013

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar vows fresh attacks on NATO troops

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published on Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014               

22 DECEMBER 2012

Taliban calls for new constitution in French talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.

20 DECEMBER 2012

Karzai welcomes UK troop withdrawal plan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he welcomed plans by Britain to withdraw almost 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Afghan combat mission ends for French troops

French combat troops in Afghanistan are preparing to come home on Tuesday as their mission officially ends.

13 NOVEMBER 2012

China ready to play greater role in Afghan geopolitics

The first signs of a potential re-alignment in Sino-Afghan bilateral relations came from Karzai’s visit to Beijing on March 27, 2010. Karzai’s choice of Beijing for his second overseas visit after his controversial reelection signaled his determination to reduce his dependence on the West.

20 OCTOBER 2012

We’ll take your money but we can’t be friends, Afghan senators tell ‘infidel’ France

France is to train Afghan police and army officers as part of a 300-million-euro aid package that Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was set to discuss with Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday. But Afghan senators want to change the name of the “Friendship and Cooperation Treaty” because they say they cannot be friends with « infidels ».

3 OCTOBER 2012

Afghan bid to ‘de-friend’ France

Afghan senators have tried to remove the word « friendship » from a strategic pact with France, after arguing that Islamic teachings state Muslims cannot be friends with infidels.


Senior Chinese official visits Afghanistan for first time in 50 years

A senior official has made China’s first top-level visit to Afghanistan in nearly 50 years, as Beijing attempts to bolster diplomatic and economic ties with its war-torn neighbour ahead of the withdrawal of Nato troops in 2012


Six US fighter jets destroyed in Prince Harry base attack

Six US fighter jets were destroyed and two significantly damaged when Taliban attackers stormed a heavily fortified Afghan base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed on Friday, a NATO spokesman said


Afghan government takes charge of Bagram military prison

The handover of the controversial high security prison, sometimes referred to as « the other Guantánamo », had been hailed a victory for Afghan sovereignty as America prepares to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014


Kabul declares crackdown over insider attacks

Afghan authorities say they have cracked down on hundreds of soldiers believed to have links to the Taliban in a bid to crush the rise of alleged insider attacks


Karzai’s choice for Afghan intelligence chief suspected of torture, trafficking


New Zealand confirms April Afghanistan withdrawal

New Zealand has formally announced it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister John Key


US halts Afghan police training after attacks

The US military has halted the training of some members of the Afghan Local Police force for at least a month following a string of attacks on international forces by men in Afghan National Security Force uniforms.

29 AUGUST 2012

Karzai moves to replace Afghan security chiefs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai moved to replace the country’s intelligence chief and the ministers of defense and interior Wednesday, the first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider Cabinet shakeup aimed at solidifying the president’s power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces.

11 AUGUST 2012

Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice

When she refused to prostitute herself or have sex with the man she was forced to marry when she was about 13, officials said, Sahar Gul’s in-laws tortured her and threw her into a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying in hay and animal dung

4 AUGUST 2012

Afghan parliament votes to sack key ministers

The interior and defence ministers were criticised for failing to prevent cross-border shelling from Pakistan and security lapses that resulted in the assassinations of senior officials.


1 AUGUST 2012

Afghan Finance Minister Under Scrutiny

Afghanistan’s powerful finance minister came under scrutiny on Wednesday when an Afghan television network broadcast copies of two of his bank account statements that showed sizable payments from businesses and individuals and transfers of money from those accounts to bank accounts in Canada.

14 JULY 2012

Prominent Afghan MP killed in suicide attack

The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of guests at his daughter’s wedding before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist, a security forces spokesman said.

13 JULY 2012

Female Afghan politician Hanifa Safi killed

As the provincial head of the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs, Mrs Safi had for years been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.

12 JULY 2012

Mullah Omar could be Afghan president, Hamid Karzai says

Hamid Karzai has said the supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, could run for political office and even the Afghan presidency if he abandoned his armed struggle.

4 JULY 2012

French army hands over control of Kapisa to Afghan forces

French troops on Wednesday handed over the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces as President François Hollande’s promise to bring France’s forces home gets under way. But they will continue to train Afghan security forces in the province.

22 JUNE 2012

Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends

Afghan security forces have ended a 12-hour attack by Taliban militants on a hotel outside Kabul, in which at least 20 people died, officials say.

2 JUNE 2012

SAS launched rescue mission for British aid worker after warning she could be dead in 24 hours

Helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers in the early hours of Saturday

29 MAY 2012

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

Their classrooms might have been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls entered, police spokesman Khalilullah Aseer said. He blamed the Taliban

25 MAY 2012

Hollande says 1,400 soldiers to stay on in Afghanistan

Around 1,400 French soldiers will stay on in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of 2,000 combat troops later this year, François Hollande announced on Friday 25. The soldiers will remain in the war-torn country to help with training and logistics

24 MAY 2012

Afghan schoolgirls ‘poisoned by Taliban’

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north. The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious

2 MAY 2012

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to ‘finish the job’

President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops

22 APRIL 2012

Afghanistan, US Agree on Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country

15 APRIL 2012

Taliban strike across Afghanistan in ‘spring offensive’

Militants have staged a wave of co-ordinated attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul and other locations. Foreign embassies, Nato’s HQ and the Afghan parliament were hit in the first major attack on Kabul in more than six months.

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prison

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after hundreds of Taliban militants raided the facility.
14 APRIL 2012

Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son

Salahuddin Rabbani will chair the country’s High Peace Council, which leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban

5 APRIL 2012

Karzai Orders Prosecutor and Tribunal in Scandal Over Kabul Bank’s Losses

With Afghanistan’s foreign backers set to meet next month in Chicago, President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a special tribunal to try those involved in the near collapse of Kabul Bank, a scandal that laid bare the crony capitalism and corruption that has thrived here in the past decade

27 MARCH 2012

The Afghan girls who live as boys

For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh – disguising girls as boys

25 FEBRUARY 2012

NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting
NATO on Saturday 25 pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Obama Sends Apology as Afghan Koran Protests Rage

The potential scope of the fallout from the burning of several copies of the Koran by American military personnel this week became chillingly clear on Thursday as a man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed two American soldiers, while a crowd nearby protested the desecration of the Muslim holy book.

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Shots fired as Afghans protest ‘Koran burning’

At least eight people were shot dead in Kabul on Wednesday during protests where furious Afghans shouted « Death to America » and burned vehicles and shops for a second day following reports that NATO troops had burned copies of the Koran


Afghan civilian deaths rise for fifth year, says UN

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011 compared with 2,790 in 2010 and 2,412 in 2009

28 JANUARY 2012

Afghans criticise French plan for 2013 troop withdrawal

France’s plans for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan drew criticism from Kabul on Saturday 28, with experts and lawmakers accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of putting politics ahead of Afghans’ safety

20 JANUARY 2012

France suspends Afghan troop training

France has suspended its training programmes for Afghan troops after an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern part of the country, killing four French soldiers, according to both NATO and Afghan accounts

12 JANUARY 2012

Anger at video of US troops ‘urinating on dead bodies’

The US promised to investigate a video on Thursday that appeared to show US forces in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. But the insurgent group has said it would not harm efforts to broker peace talks

5 JANUARY 2012

Karzai orders Afghan takeover of Bagram prison

The Afghan government, angry at being sidelined over peace talks, flexed its muscles on Thursday by ordering the takeover of a US military prison and parading British detainees at a news conference. President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram – sometimes called « Afghanistan’s Guantanamo » to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there

4 JANUARY 2012

Taliban confirms deal to open Qatar office

The Taliban has confirmed it has come to an « initial agreement » to open a political office overseas as part of peace talks with the US, according to a statement

27 DECEMBER 2011

Karzai accepts Taliban office in Qatar

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks

16 DECEMBER 2011

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Shias targeted in Afghan shrine blasts

At least 60 people killed in twin attacks targeting Shia Muslims marking Ashoura in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.


Timeline: A decade of war in Afghanistan

Major events since the US launched military operations in 2001 to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghan loya jirga: Karzai wins backing for US pact

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has won the endorsement of tribal elders and community leaders to negotiate a 10-year strategic partnership with the US.

13 NOVEMBER 2011

Life better since Taliban driven from Kabul, says Nato

Ten years since the Taliban were  driven from the Afghan capital, Nato’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Simon Gass,  says there have been big improvements.


Karzai seeks Pakistan’s help with Taliban

The Afghan president has urged Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters.


Afghanistan and Pakistan agree Rabbani murder probe

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to jointly investigate the murder of Afghan peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. The two countries’ presidents announced the move after talks in Turkey, their first since Mr Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber in September.

Afghans bemused by Karzai’s views

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai’s remarks about siding with Pakistan if it ever went to war with the United States have caused no little surprise at home as well as abroad. « If conflict breaks out between Pakistan and the US, we will be beside with Pakistan, » Karzai said in an interview shown on the privately  Geo TV station in Pakistan on October 22. His remarks caused some concern, especially since they followed closely on visits by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to both Islamabad and Kabul While in Islamabad

29 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 13 US troops

A suicide bomber has attacked a bus carrying foreign troops in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 13 US soldiers. A Nato spokesman said the attacker detonated a car filled with explosives.

11 OCTOBER 2011

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan
Detainees are hung by their hands and beaten with cables, and in some cases their genitals are twisted until the prisoners lose
consciousness at sites run by the Afghan intelligence service and the Afghan National Police, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday 10

7 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan marks 10 years since US invasion
Afghanistan is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the US-led invasion of the country amid growing security concerns and
questions over what the next decade will hold

4 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan and India sign ‘strategic partnership’
The leaders of Afghanistan and India have signed a strategic partnership agreement during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to Delhi


Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home
Afghan officials said the peace council leader, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, was likely killed by a suicide bomber in or near
his heavily guarded home in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The assassination coincided with President Hamid Karzai’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to confer with President Obama about the war. A spokesman for Mr. Karzai said he would cut short his trip to return home


Taliban gunmen armed with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launch coordinated attacks in Kabul, targeting NATO’s headquarters,
the US embassy and the Afghan intelligence agency. Gunfire and blasts engulfed what is usually the most heavily protected part of the Afghan capital, with a Taliban insurgency now at its deadliest since US-led troops ousted the Islamists’ regime after the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago


Afghanistan mourns Massoud 10 years on
Ten years to the day after anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was killed in combat, Afghanistan celebrated his passing
with a ceremony that was notable this year for the absence of President Hamid Karzai

15 JULY 2001

The first batch of departing U.S. soldiers left Afghanistan this week, beginning a drawdown of 10,000 American troops scheduled
to leave by year’s end

12 JULY 2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, has been killed in
Kandahar city by a close associate, according to government officials and a member of his security team

France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said during a
brief visit to the country

27 JUNE 2011

Governor of Afghan central bank flees
The governor of Afghanistan’s central bank has fled the country in fear of his life after naming powerful individuals who benefited from a scandal at Kabulbank, the biggest lender

31 MAY 2011

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, warns that the NATO forces fighting in his country risk becoming an « occupying force » if they do not stop air strikes on Afghan civilian homes as they hunt armed fighters

4 MAY 2011

Eleven sentenced to life for Bangladesh gang rape
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang raping a female school student during post-election violence in 2001

25 APRIL 2011

More than 470 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan escapes through a tunnel hundreds of meters long and dug from outside the jail. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents

12 MARCH 2011

President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties

27 FEBRUAY 2011

An Afghan government investigation found that NATO forces killed 65 civilians, including 40 children, during an assault in the country’s east in February, claims that NATO refutes.


Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
The jail commander had remained silent as the prisoner, Sayed Mussa, told a reporter about his journey from Islam to Christianity: his secret baptism nine years earlier, his faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of heaven

26 JANUARY 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has opened parliament, after failing to win a delay to allow September’s disputed elections to be investigated

14 JANUARY 2011

Afghanistan’s Education Minister Farooq Wardak said that the Taliban no longer oppose schooling girls


US president blames weather as he is unable to meet his Afghan counterpart during a three-hour visit to the country

20 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan election authorities have thrown out 1.3 million votes, 23 per cent of the 5.6 million ballots cast in last month’s parliamentary election, officials have said

7 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on inaugurates the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban and other insurgents
that have been attempting to destabilize the country since start of the US-led invasion nine years ago

27 AUGUST 2010

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has criticised the US military’s plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011. Mr Karzai said that announcing a date for the withdrawal had given the Taliban insurgency « a morale boost »

25 AUGUST 2010

Dozens of students and teachers at a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, have been sickened by an unknown gas that spread
through classrooms. This incident follows a similar pattern seen in other recent attacks at girls’ schools involving an airborne substance which could be some form of gas

7 AUGUST 2010

Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan
The foreigners are believed to be six Americans, one Briton and a German, who worked for an international charity providing eye care
and medical help

26 JULY 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a NATO rocket attack in southern Afghanistan has killed 52 civilians, including women and children An investigation by the Afghan intelligence service found that the rocket hit a home in the Sangin district of Helmand province

20 JULY 2010

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has received international backing for plans that would see Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years

2 JUNE 2010

Hamid Karzai, theAfghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing

23 APRIL 2010

Nato is preparing to hand control of parts of Afghanistan to the Afghan people this year, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says after. Nato foreign ministers, and their partners in the international coalition in Afghanistan, have been meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn

1 APRIL 2010

Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, delivers an extraordinarily harsh criticism of the Western governments fighting in his
country, the United Nations and the Anglo-American press, accusing them of perpetrating the fraud that denied him an outright victory in last summer’s presidential elections

16 FEBRUARY 2011

Mullah Abdul Ghani Brader Brader, the Afghanistan Taliban’s number two, was captured in Karachi in a secret raid by US and Pakistani intelligence forces several days ago

25 FEBRUARY 2010

In Afghanistan, following the success of their biggest military offensive since the start of the 2001 invasion, US marines capture the
Afghan town of Marjah, a former Taliban stronghold, a « historic day » in the fight to oust the regime.


Taliban dismiss Afghanistan’s president Karzai’s latest reconciliation bid

28 JANUARY 2010

An international conference on Afghanistan in London conclude with a commitment to support “full Afghan ownership” of its security
situation and to reintegrate Taliban insurgents willing to renounce violence

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 April in Asian history


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Updated on April 30, 2018

1919: Paris Peace Conference decides to transfer German interests in Shandong to Japan

1944: Beginning of the two months siege of Kohima (Burma) by the Japanese

1963: In Laos, Prince Souvana Phouma breaks negotiations with Pathet Lao

1970: President Nixon announces invasion of Cambodia

1975: Fall of Saigon. South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh surrenders to the North Vietnamese forces

2011: Cambodia asks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify its 1962 ruling over the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear as its military clashes with Thailand continued after a truce

Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Liberation Day

On 30 April in South Asian history


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Updated on April 30, 2018

1030: Death of Mahmud of Ghazni, Indian ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty, born on October 2, 971

1870: Birth of Dadasaheb Phalke, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter who died on February 16, 1944


1910: Birth of Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu poet and lyricist who died on June 15, 1983


1926: Birth of Shrinivas Khale, Indian composer/music director from Maharashtra, India, who died on September 2, 2011

1982: The Bijon Setu massacre of monks occurs in Calcutta

2012: Death of Achala Sachdev, Indian actress, born on May 3, 1920

2015 : A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education

On 30 April in Southeast Asian history


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1550: King Tabinshwehti of Burma is decapited by one of his chamberlains

1910: Birth of Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and lyricist who died on April 2, 2002

1937: The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative,_1937

1944: Beginning of the two months siege of Kohima (Burma) by the Japanese

1963: In Laos, Prince Souvana Phouma breaks negotiations with Pathet Lao

1970: President Nixon announces invasion of Cambodia

1975: Fall of Saigon. South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh surrenders to the North Vietnamese forces

1995: Death of General Maung Maung Kha, Myanmar Prime Minister (1977-1988), born on 7 June 1920

1999: Cambodia is the 10th and last country to join the Association of South-East Asian Nation (ASEAN)

2004: In Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected to be the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah is arrested the day of his release. Some fights between police and his followers

2006: Death of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist, born on February 20, 1925

2011: Cambodia asks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify its 1962 ruling over the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear as its military clashes with Thailand continued after a truce

2011: Communist Laos holds a general election for a new parliament, a body that has gained more power in this one-party state in recent years

2013: Death of Roberto Chabet, Filipino painter and sculptor, born on March 29, 1937–father-of-ph-concecptual-art–passes-away–144628671.html

2014: Brunei sultan launches new penal code that will eventually include stoning, amputation and flogging as punishments

2015 : Vietnam marks 40 years since end of war with the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam–grand-parade-marks-40-years-of-reunification.html


On 30 April in Japan’s history


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Updated on April 30, 2018

1637: Death of Niwa Nagashige, Japanese daimyo, born May 11, 1571

1839: Birth of Japanese painter Yoshitoshi

1888: Kuroda Kiyotaka becomes 2nd Prime Minister of Meiji era, up to 0ctober 1889

1919: Paris Peace Conference decides to transfer German interests in Shandong to Japan

1944: Beginning of the two months siege of Kohima (Burma) by the Japanese

1947: In Japan, victory of the conservatives in the local elections

1950: In Japan, General Ridgway authorizes the revision of general MacArthur ordnances


On 30 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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125: Death of emperor An of Han of the Chinese Han Dynasty, born in 94

1063: Death of Renzong, 4th emperor of the Song dynasty (1022-1063), born on 30 May 1010

1919: Paris Peace Conference decides to transfer German interests in Shandong to Japan

1979: Deng Xiaoping proposes the creation of special economic zones

2012: Hong Kong said it would delay the introduction of mandatory « national education » classes, which have been criticised as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese patriotism.

2014: At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism

On 29 April in Asian history

1954-04-29 Panchsheel Agreement


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643: Hou Junji, Chinese general and chancellor during the Tang Dynasty, is executed

1661: In the name of Chinese Ming dynasty, rebel anti-Qing general Koxinga starts to occupy Taiwan

1803: Birth of James Brooke, first White Rajah of Sarawak (1941-1868) who died on June 11, 1868

1848: Birth of Ravi Varma, Indian painter who died on 2 October 1906

1901: Birth of Japanese emperor Hirohito, who died on on January 7, 1989

1902: US Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines

1902-04-29 Prolongation Chinese exclusion Act

1936: Birth of Zubin Mehta, Indian-born conductor

1938: Birth of Daim Zainuddin, Malaysian economist and politician

1942: Japanese troops march into Lashio (Burma), cutting off Burma Road

1946: Former prime minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former leaders are indicted for war crimes

1951: A Tibetan delegation to the Chinese government is presented with a treaty draft regarding the Chinese occupation of Tibet which will be singned on May 23

1951: In Japan, victory of the conservatives in local elections

1954: China and India agree on the Panchsheel Agreement known as the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence

1954-04-29 Panchsheel Agreement

1965: Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) successfully launches seventh rocket in their Rehber series

1965: Australian Prime Minister Menzies announces that, at the request of USA and South Vietnam, he is sending an 800-man battalion to fight in South Vietnam

1968: Lin Zhao, a female poet, born on 16 December 1932, communist militant who became a dissident in 1957 et in jail since 1960 is secretly executed by firing squad

1970: 50,000 US and South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia, where Prince Sihanouk have been ousted on March 18, to hunt Vietcong

1974: Birth of Anggun, Indonesian singer

1975: By the Operation Frequent Wind, the last US citizens begin evacuation from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover

1975: Vietnam War: The North Vietnamese Army completes its capture of all parts of South Vietnamese-held Spratly (Trường Sa) Islands.

1975: Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War

1978: In Afghanistan, the communist rebels claim victory

1978: Death of Yasuda Yukihiko, Japanese painter, born on February 16, 1884

 1982: China has one billion inhabitants

1988: Birth of Younha, Korean pop singer and actress

1989: The National Assembly of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea amends the constitution, replacing the name of the country as State of Cambodia and declares it « neutral, pacifist and nonaligned » Buddhism is proclaimed state religion

1991: In Bangladesh, a cyclone with winds of around 155mph kills at least 138,000 people and leaves as many as 10 million homeless

2000: Death of Pham Van Dong, former Vietnamese Prime Minister, born on 1st March 1906

2002: Death of Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor, born on April 1, 1914

2005: Historic meeting between Hu Jintao, the General secretary o the Communist Party of China, and Lien Chan, the chairman of the Kuomintang (Taiwan), first meeting between the leader of the two parties since 1949


2005-04-29 Lian-Hu

2007: Japanese Supreme Court rejects the request of forced Chinese workers during the Japanese occupation, arguing that by 1972 Sino-Japanese treaty, individuals are denied to look for compensation from Japan

2009: The foreign ministers of France and Britain urge the Sri Lankan government to call a truce in the war with Tamil Tiger separatists to allow tens of thousands of civilians to escape

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), says that a dispute over the wording of the country’s parliamentary oath of office has been resolved.

2013: The Afghan president has admitted his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately


Holidays and observances

Shiwa Day, traditionally the start of the Golden Week holiday period. Japan

Asian political caricatures

29 MARCH 2018

Historic meeting in Korea : How did Kim realy crossed the border ?

By Patrick Chappatte, The New York Times

15 MARCH 2018

Before Trump meets Kim

By Patrick Chappatte, The New York Times

Trump candidate in 2020

By Lisa in Zero Hedge

12 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump jobless

By Marian Kamensky, Austria



Maldive crisis


26 JANUARY 2018Korean unity

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


22 JANUARY 2018

Trump unites the two Koreas

By Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

4 JANUARY 2018

How Pakistan governement learned Trump decision to cut military help

By Sabirnazar in The Friday Times, Pakistan


Kim Jong-un and nuclear button

By Harry’s in South China Morning Post, HongKong

26 NOVEMBER 2017

100 Chinese intellectuals write a petition

By Harry’s in South China Morning Post


Big part lost






25 MAY 2016

US kills Taliban leader in Pakistan


By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times

12 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea’s new military chief

By Larry Wright, Cagle Cartoons


11 FEBRUARY 2016

Suu Kyi’s power

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



The year of the monkey

By Luojie, China Daily, China

Happy chinese new year

25 JANUARY 2016

Tsai soon on the throne

By Henry Wong in South China Morning Post (date ?)

2016-01-16 Tsai élue

24 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan and China

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2016-01-24 Tsai

10 JANUARY 2016

Watch your kid !

In The Korean Times

2016-01-10 Watch your kid


9 JANUARY 2016

Kim birthday

By Satish Acharya in SIFY

2016-01-08 Kim Birthday


Kim and the bomb

By Harry, South China Morning Post

2016-01-08 Kim et bombe

7 JANUARY 2016

Kim and Xi

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

2016-01-07 Kim and Xi

13 NOVEMBER 2015

The Aung San Suu Kyi effect

By Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland

2017-11-12 Birmanie

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi

By Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

2015-11-12 Burma
11 NOVEMBER 2015

The winner

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

2015-11-11 Burma


Mr Ma meets Mr Xi

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

2015-11-09 Ma-Xi


China-Taiwan summit

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2015-11-07 Xi-Ma


Historic election in Myanmar

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times

2015-11-07 Burma

30 OCTOBER 2015

China is dropping the one-child policy

By Harry Harrison, South China Morning Post

2015-10-30 Enfant unique

29 OCTOBER 2015 

Merkel in China
By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

2015-10-29 Merkel-Xi

23 OCTOBER 2015

China in South China Sea

By Chappatte, The International New York Times

2015-10-23 Chappatte IHT


17 OCTOBER 2015

US troops to stay in Afghanistan 

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times


16 OCTOBER 2015

Back to Afghanistan

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany


11 OCTOBER 2015

 Airstrike on Afghan Hospital

Bt Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times


18 AUGUST 2015

 Disaster in Tianjin

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times

2015-08-17 Tianjin 

2 AUGUST 2015

China’s naval push

By Deng Coy Miel, Singapore


2 JUNE 2015

No smoking in China

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia


21 MAY 2015

North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

By Harry, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong


11 APRIL 2015

Global Economic order

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


9 APRIL 2015

Thailand’s new Law

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


16 MARS 2015

China now world’s third-biggest arms exporter

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany


23 FEBRUARY 2015

Published in Korea Time

Kim Jong-un’s new haircut


16 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladesh politics

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

 6 FEBRUARY 2015

China as Banker

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


4 JANUARY 2015

Hegemonic China

By Deng Coy Miel, Singapore

27 DECEMBER 2014

Hack attack

By Manny Francisco, Manila, The Phillippines

21 DECEMBER 2014

Kim Jong-un vs Sony

By Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland


15 DECEMBER 2014

After the elections

By Norio, Courrier international


26 NOVEMBER 2014

SAARC Summit, Kathmandu

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


16 NOVEMBER 2014

Japan’s trick

By Luojie, China Daily, China


11 NOVEMBER 2014

Friendly Handshake

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia



Checking Afghan opium
By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


25 OCTOBER 2014

Dragon dance

By Luojie, China Daily, China

19 OCTOBER 2014

China’s Policies

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


18 OCTOBER 2014

Honk Kong protests

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


17 OCTOBER 2014

Hungry Kim

By Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

16 OCTOBER 2014

By Harry, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong



15 OCTOBER 2014

By Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune


14 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Dragon

By Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons

13 OCTOBRE 2014

Malala’s Courage

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia

11 OCTOBER 2014

Nobel Peace prize

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

10 OCTOBER 2014

Missing Kim Jong Un

By Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons


6 OCTOBER 2014

Student revolt

By Olle Johansson, Sweden


3 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese dragon strangling Hongkong

By Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan

2 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong democracy

By Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
 2014-10-02 b

Sharing umbrella


1 OCTOBER 2014

Umbrella Revolution

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia

2014-10-01 b 
Protests in Hong Kong

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times


Hong Kong Umbrella

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia


Democracy and Peace

By Marian Kemensky, Slovakia

2014-09-30 b


Narendra Modi in USA

By Paresh nath, U.T. Independent, India


India’s Mars mission

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


China soon on the moon. « Houston, we have a problem »

By Langer, Clarin, Buenos Aires



India and China

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


In Taiwan press



Chinese president Xi

By Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Berlin



Hong Kong : No room for democracy

By Stephff, Thailand



Hong Kong Democracy

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times


30 AUGUST 2014

US Owes China

By Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons


20 AUGUST 2014

South China Sea issue

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


24 JULY 2014

Cross-Strait Trade Pact 

Taipei Times


21 JULY 2014

When Barbie’s friend 6 year old Indian small girl was raped at school

By Satish Acharya,

20 JULY 2014

MH17 looking for clues

By Peter Broelman, Australia


14 JULY 2014

Syria, China, Russia

Published in


2 JULY 2014

Abe changes constitution

Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany


29 JUNE 2014

Thai Democracy Transformer

By Deng Coy Miel, Singapore


28 JUNE 2014

China and Hong Kong

By Reumann, Switzerland


 27 JUNE 2014

Afghan run-off vote

 By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



7 JUNE 2014

Sino-US relations

By Luojie, China Daily, China


5 JUNE 2014

In the South China Sea

By Danziger, USA



29 MAY 2014

Thai massage’

By Manny Francisco, Manila, The Phillippines


22 MAY 2014

Thailand under martial law

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany


21 MAY 2014

Putin and Chinese dragon

By Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria



14 MAY 2014

Election in India, voting Durga

By Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan



13 MAY 2014

Chinese housing prices

By Luojie, China Daily, China



3 MAY 2014

Femen in Afghanistan



25 APRIL 2014

Asian Balancing Act

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



13 APRIL 2014

China and Taiwan economic links

By Heng, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore


9 APRIL 2014

Afghan elections

By Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico


4 APRIL 2014

Kim’s toy

By Olle Johansson, Sweden



2 APRIL 2014

Japanese whaling setback

By Peter Broelman, Australia


01 APRIL 2014

China Economic Reforms

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



25 MARCH 2014

Xi Jinping in France

By Stefan Popa, Courrier International

2014-03-25 Xi en France

12 MARCH 2014

Election in North korea

By Olle Johansson, Sweden


9 MARCH 2014

Malaysian Air missing

By Peter Broelman, Australia


8 MARCH 2014

Women’s Day

By Luojie, China Daily, China

2014-03-08 Journée de la femme

2 MARCH 2014

Thai Revolution

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


1 MARCH 2014

China and Korean abuses

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


28 FEBRUARY 2014

Kim Jong Un

By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant


25 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan invasions

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


24 FEBRUARY 2014

Obama and Dalai Lama

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


23 FEBRUARY 2014


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


22 FEBRUARY 2014

Kim and ghost of genocide past

By Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico


21 FEBRUARY 2014

UN North Korea report

By Jeff Darcy, The Cleveland Plain Dealer



20 FEBRUARY 2014


By Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands


19 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea compared with the Nazis

By Olle Johansson, Sweden



18 FEBRUARY 2014

Kim Jong-un

By Aislin, The Montreal Gazette



15 FEBRUARY 2014

Karzai Kartoon

By Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune



14 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea South Korea meeting



10 JANUARY 2014

By Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan



Pakistan, Taliban talk

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



Surrender the steering Wheel too !

By Heng, Lianhe Zabao, Singapore




Irreconciliable Thailand

By Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times



31 JANUARY 2013

Kicking Off the New Year

By Stephff, The Irrawaddy



By Horsch, Germany



23 JANUARY 2014

China and tax haven

By Tom Janssen, The Netherlands



14 JANUARY 2014

Democracy in Asia

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



11 JANUARY 2014

China versus Japan

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


9 JANUARY 2014

China moon landing

By Jeff Darcy, The Cleveland Plain


8 JANUARY 2014

Happy birthday Kim Jong-un

2014-01-08 Kiim Jong Un birthday

5 JANUARY 2014

Thailand Political Crisis

Deng Coy Miel, Singapore


2 JANUARY 2014

Kim justifies uncle assassination

Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany



30 DECEMBER 2013

Obama dealing with China and Iran

Deng Coy Miel, Singapore


29 DECEMBER 2013

China and Japan military

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


28 DECEMBER 2013

End of One Child Policy

By Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany



27 DECEMBER 2013


By Luojie, China Daily, China



26 DECEMBER 2013

Kim’s uncle



19 DECEMBER 2013

Kim Il Jung and headless guy

By Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan



14 DECEMBER 2013

China vehicule on the moon

2013-12-14 china-in-the-moon


10 DECEMBER 2013

Kim’s uncle

Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany




Shinzo Abe



30 NOVEMBER 2013

China nationalistic rhetoric

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



29 NOVEMBER 2013

East China Sea Tensions

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

2013-11-29 ADIZ

28 NOVEMBER 2913

China’s ADIZ

Attribution: Deng Coy Miel, Singapore


23 NOVEMBER 2013

Afghan security negotiations

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-11-23 Afghanistan

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

Attribution: Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant



China’s Growth

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



War on al Qaeda

Attribution: Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons



31 OCTOBER 2013

China and Japan dispute on Diaoyu-Senkaku islands

By Kichka, Telad TV, Jérusalem



24 OCTOBER 2013

Leaving Afghan issues

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


23 OCTOBER 2013

India, China border pact

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-10-23 Chine Inde


14 OCTOBER 2013

The Taliban and education


12 OCTOBER 2013

Sakharov Prize: Courage recognised

Al-Mustaqbal, Beirut


1st OCTOBER 2013

Today is the PRC 64th birthday

By Schot (Netherland)



China vs Japan



Radioactive Olympics

Attribution: Milt Priggee,

2013-09-19 JO



North Korea restarts nuclear program

Artist: Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune 2013-09-13 NK


Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Artist: Luojie, China Daily, China

2013-09-10 Olympic



TOKYO 2020

Artist : Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany 2013-09-08 Olympic


21 AUGUST 2013

North Korea

Artist: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star 2013-08-21 Kim


15 AUGUST 2013

India, Pakistan INDEPENDENCE day

Artist: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE 2013-08-15 Inde Pakistan


14 AUGUST 2013

China’s One-child policy and pension issues

Artist : Luojie, China Daily, China 2013-08-14 enfant unique


8 AUGUST 2013

Still haunted?

2013-08-08 By Nay Myo Aye, The Irrawadd

3 AUGUST 2013

Chinese View of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso

Attribution: Luojie, China Daily, China



28 JULY 2013

2014: US are leaving Afghanistan

By Chappatte, International Herald Tribune 2013-07-28 Afghanistan


27 JULY 2013

China’s economy

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-07-28 China economy


26 JULY 2013

Shinzo Abe powerful

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE 2013-07-26


21 JULY 2013

Bangladesh textile industry 2013-07-21 cartoon


8 JULY 2013

Obama in Africa



5 JULY 2013 2013-07-05 afghanistan

3 JULY 2013

Obama loves Africa Attribution: Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany



10 JUNE 2013

Declaration of love

Attribution: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

karikatur für tribüne-liebeserklärung


1 JUNE 2013 In

Burma : Two-child Policy for Rohingya

By Stephff The Irrawaddy

2013-06-01 Myanmar-s-2-child-policy-for-Rohingyas

31 MAY 2013

Preventing Cyber theft

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-05-31 cartoon


30 MAY 2013

Drones and Taliban

Attribution: Tom Janssen, The Netherlands

2013-05-30 cartoon


23 MAY 2013

Kissing Shoes

Attribution: Olle Johansson, Sweden

2013-05-23 cartoon

20 MAY 2013


Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



16 MAY 2013

Obama greets Pakistan winner

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

2013-05-16 cartoon


13 MAY 2013

After Bangladesh

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland

2013-05-13 cartoon


10 MAY 2013

War Drums

Attribution: Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

2013-05-10 cartoon 9 MAY 2013

Avian flu in China

Attribution: Manny Francisco, Manila, The Phillippines 2013-05-09 cartoon

8 MAY 2013

Hamid Karzai – Coat of One Color

Attribution: Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

2013-05-08 cartoon

7 MAY 2013

Hunger strike in Guantánamo

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag

2013-05-07 cartoon

6 MAY 2013

Chinese Dream

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-05-06 Chinese Dream

2 MAY 2013

Made in Bangladesh

Attribution: Tom Janssen, The Netherlands 2013-05-02 cartoon 1 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Attribution: Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands

2013-05-01 cartoon

23 APRIL 2013

Kim Jong-Un and Rodman

Attribution: Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons

2013-04-23 cartoon

21 APRIL 2013

Musharaff’s Risky Return

2013-04-21 cartoon


13 APRIL 2013

Kim talks of war

Attribution: John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

2013-04-13 cartoon


12 APRIL 2013

NK’s radical attempt on biological warfare

Artist: Manny Francisco, Manila,

2013-04-12 cartoon

10 APRIL 2013

Kim Jong Un Corner

Attribution: Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

2013-04-11 cartoon


9 APRIL 2013

Syria rescue mission

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-04-10 cartoon

8 APRIL 2013

China Criticizes North Korea

Attribution: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

karikatur für tribüne-rüge

5 APRIL 2013

What’s the next threat after « nuclear apocalypse » ?

2013-04-05 cartoon

4 APRIL 2013

A North Korean Hit

Attribution: Paul Zanetti, Australia

2013-04-04 cartoon


2 APRIL 2013

Karzai’s hatchet

Attribution: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

2013-04-02 cartoon


1 APRIL 2013

Kim Jong Un Crayons

Attribution: Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

2013-04-01 Kim crayons


31 MARCH 2013

North Korea and USA

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-03-31 NK US


30 MARCH 2013

Easter egg hunt with uncle Sam and Kim Jong Un

Attribution: Peter Broelman, Australia

2013-03-30 Easter


22 MARCH 2013

Leading China

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-03-22 Chine corruption

20 MARCH 2013

Malala goes back to school

Attribution: Manny Francisco, Manila, The Philippines

2013-03-20 Malala


18 MARCH 2013


Attribution: Olle Johansson, Swede

2013-03-18 cartoon


17 MARCH 2013

Kim, Xi, Li, and Obama

Attribution: Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

2013-03-17 cartoon


14 MARCH 2013

Kim Jun-Un

Attribution: Pavel Constantin, Romania



10 MARCH 2013

Sanctions on N.Korea

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-03-11 cartoon


9 MARCH 2013

North Korean Nuclear Threats

Artist: Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland

2013-03-09 cartoon


8 MARCH 2013

Big trouble

Artist: Olle Johansson, Sweden

2013-03-08 cartoon


6 MARCH 2013

Kim Jong Un meeting Rodman

Artist: Manny Francisco, Manila, The Philippines

2013-03-06 cartoon

5 MARCH 2013

Rodman Counseling

Artist: Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

2013-03-05 cartoon


4 MARCH 1013

« China threat theory »

Attribution: Luojie, China Daily, China

2013-03-04 cartoon


27 FEBRUARY 2013

Cyber Spying from China

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag

2013-03-26 cartoon


25 FEBRUARY 1013


By Luojie, China Daily, China

2013-02-26 cartoon


23 FEBRUARY 2013

China on N.Korea

Artist: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



22 FEBRUARY 2013

New Chinese Military

Attribution: Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

2013-02-22 cartoon

21 FERUARY 2013

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-02-21 cartoon

16 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korean test

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-02-15 Chine-NK


14 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea nuclear test and China

2013-02-14 cartoon

13 FEBRUARY 2013

No respect

Artist: Cameron Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

2013-02-13 Kim cartoon


12 FEBRUARY 2013

Next Generation

Attribution: Olle Johansson, Sweden

2013-02-12 cartoon


11 FEBRUARY 2013

Who is the boss in Thailand ?

2013-01-29 caricature



China needs stronger role in Kachin conflict

By Liu Rui, Global Time

2013-02-04 caricature



China and North Korea

2013-02-02 caricature


31 JANUARY 2013

Air Pollution in China

Attribution: Jianping Fan, Guangzhou, China

2013-01-31 Caricature

30 JANUARY 2013

Gangnam Kim A

ttribution: Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

2013-01-28 Kim

29 JANUARY 2013 S


Attribution: Luojie, China Daily, China

2013-01-29 Chine-Japon

27 JANUARY 2013

N.Korean rocket

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

2013-01-27 cartoon


17 JANUARY 2013

Smog in Beijing

Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

2013-01-17 cartoon


12 JANUARY 2013

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said « First open wide your mouth »


11 JANUARY 2013

To be a woman in India

By Mikel Jaso, Barcelona



15 DECEMBER 2012

Transition in Afghanistan

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


23 NOVEMBER 2012

Obama in Asia

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


20 NOVEMBER 2012

Brave Puppy

by Hachfeld in Neues Deutschland, Berlin



13 NOVEMBER 2012

Best in USA, China

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


12 NOVEMBER 2012

Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland


11 NOVEMBER 2012


Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag



China vs USA elections

Attribution: Tom Janssen, The Netherlands


29 OCTOBER 2012


23 OCTOBER 2012

China-USA economic ties


21 OCTOBER 2012

Taliban backlash

Attribution: John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune


20 OCTOBER 2012

Pakistani Schoolgirl

Attribution: Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News


12 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean threat

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


1 OCTOBER 2012

Insider Enemies in Afghanistan

Artist: Manny Francisco, Manila, The Phillippines



Attribution: Luojie, China Daily, China




Artist:Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria


China, USA in Pacific

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE



The Indian cartoonist against corruption in India, Aseem Trivedi, has been jailed today



Artist : Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions



Wishful thinking

Artist: Luojie, China Daily, China



Lessons learned in the age of tyranny

29 AUGUST 2012

Attribution: No-rio (Aomori), Courrier international


26 AUGUST 2012

Targeted killings

Attribution: Yaakov Kirschen, Dry Bones

2 AUGUST 2012

Kim Jong-un’s sweet promises 29 JULY 2012

North Korean Marshal

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

28 JULY 2012

China and Africa

Artist: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

21 JULY 2012

Assads Support

Artist: Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions

19 JULY 2012

Made In China

Attribution: Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

11 JULY 2012

South China sea

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

9 JULY 2012

Afghan corruption

Attribution : Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

4 JULY 2012

Japan without nuclear power


18 JUNE 2012


Attribution : Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

4 JUNE 2012

Obama, Hu Jintao, Pacific Ocean

Attribution: Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

19 MAY 2012

NATO Afghan strategy

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

14 MAY 2012

China Wall holes

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE


12 MAY 2012

Human rights in China

By Heng in Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore

4 MAY 2012

Dissident Chen in China

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

20 APRIL 2012

Corruption Scandal Shakes China

Attribution: Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

17 APRIL 2012

Afghanistan Withdrawal

Artist: Paul Zanetti, Australia

13 APRIL 2012

Kim Jong-un`s toy

Attribution: Martin Sutovec, Slovakia

12 APRIL 2012

Starving people

Attribution: Olle Johansson, Sweden

27 MARCH 2012

Seoul Security summit

Attribution Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

21 MARCH 2012

Afghan Cave Writings

Artist: Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons

16 MARCH 2012


Artist : Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune

4 MARCH 2012

No-nuke for food

Attribution: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE