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General elections are scheduled in Pakistan for Feb. 8, with some accusing the military of trying to steer the results.
Feb 1, 2024
Can Pakistan keep it together as an election looms?
Next week's elections in Pakistan could further ignite political and ethnic tensions, already running high. Will the army ever agree to share power?
Afghan youth cricketers take part in a training session at Mohammad Mirza Katawazai Cricket Centre in Kabul on Nov. 25.
Dec 15, 2023
'Crazy for cricket': Young Afghans inspired by national team's success
From pickup games in dusty parks or narrow alleys to high-intensity training at well-kitted academies, young Afghans have cricket fever.
The problems afflicting Afghan society today, such as the repression of women’s rights and conflict, are also global issues.
Dec 13, 2023
Neglecting Afghanistan could have global repercussions
The problems afflicting Afghan society today, such as the repression of women's rights and conflict, are a reflection of those facing the wider world.
Commuters in Kabul make their way through traffic as construction laborers work on a road on Nov. 21.
WORLD / Society
Nov 30, 2023
The changing face of Kabul: Safer, but more somber
Security threats have eased since the Taliban returned to power, but the harsh restrictions they introduced have made the city less lively.
Afghan refugees sit with their belongings near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Nov. 20.
Nov 22, 2023
Afghans driven from Pakistan rebuilding lives from 'zero'
Many have lived decades, if not their whole lives, outside their country, with no one left in their homeland to return to.
Afghan refugees arrive in a truck at a holding center as they prepare to depart for Afghanistan, in the town of Landi Kotal, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan faced the threat of detention and deportation on the day, as a government deadline for them to leave sparked a mass exodus.
WORLD / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Pakistan rounds up undocumented foreigners, mostly Afghans, early
The interior ministry said 140,322 people had already voluntarily left after days in which trucks full of people have jammed roads out of the country.
Afghan refugees arrive at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Monday. Islamabad has issued an order to 1.7 million Afghans it says are living in the country illegally to leave by November 1, or be deported.
Nov 1, 2023
Mass exodus of Afghans as deadline to leave Pakistan arrives
Islamabad gave 1.7 million Afghans it says are living illegally in the country until November 1 to leave or be forcibly removed.
The senior leadership of the Taliban government arrives at an inauguration event for a canal project in Hairatan, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.
Oct 15, 2023
Taliban to join China's Belt and Road forum, elevating ties
The Taliban's participation underscores Beijing's growing official ties with the group, despite its lack of recognition by any government.
Sher Aqa, left, grieves over the body of his 12-year-old daughter, Roqia, during a funeral in the earthquake-ravaged village of Siaab, in Herat Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
Oct 12, 2023
‘The wrath of God’: Afghans mourn unimaginable loss from quake
Wails echoed across what was left of the village when the ambulance arrived. Inside was the body of a 12-year-old girl, Roqia. She had died in a nearby hospital Tuesday morning, days after a devastating earthquake hit this stretch of northwestern Afghanistan and sent her mud-brick home crashing down on top of her.
Afghans clear debris from a damaged house after an earthquake in Sarbuland, Herat province, on Saturday.
Oct 8, 2023
Afghanistan earthquakes kill 2,053, Taliban says, as death toll spikes
Amid the confusion, the death toll from Saturday's quakes spiked from the 500 reported on Sunday morning.
Members of the Afghan women's volleyball team spin balls for photos after practice in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday.
Sep 28, 2023
Games-displaced Afghan women athletes defy Taliban at Asian Games
There are 17 Afghan women competing at the Asian Games
Kabul is diverse and culturally rich, like the rest of Afghanistan. Yet the country has struggled with political inclusivity.
Sep 15, 2023
Japan can help pave the way for an inclusive Afghanistan
A new generation of Afghan leaders wants to be included in the country's future. Japan is well-positioned to facilitate dialogue with the Taliban.
Taliban security personnel in Kabul on Aug. 15. So far, U.S. President Joe Biden has not decided to restore any U.S. support to Afghanistan, despite the country's worsening humanitarian crisis.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
Two years after exit, Biden resists calls for more Taliban contact
Some analysts and U.S. officials had clung to the hope that the Taliban had moderated since they last controlled Afghanistan in the 1990s.
Thousands of Afghan women run microenterprises from their homes.
WORLD / Society
Aug 15, 2023
Afghan women set up secret businesses to escape Taliban bans
The administration has banned women from most jobs, barred girls from secondary and higher education, and restricted their movement.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
Taliban orders women's beauty parlors to shut within a month
The order will force the closure of thousands of businesses run by Afghan women, and outlaw one of the few remaining opportunities for them to socialize away from home.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
U.N. envoy says curbs on women's rights major obstacle to Taliban recognition
The increasing curbs are reminiscent of the fist Taliban government between 1996 and 2001, when the U.N. said they were responsible for repeated human rights violations.
Japan Times
May 31, 2023
Bedlam in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Pakistan"s political unrest, coupled with the Afghan Taliban regime"s support for terrorists, has grave implications for international security.
Japan Times
May 7, 2023
China’s Belt and Road to enter Afghanistan in Taliban’s victory
The Taliban agreed with China and Pakistan to extend the Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan, potentially drawing in billions of dollars to fund infrastructure projects.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2023
Afghan girls struggle with poor internet as they turn to online classes
Taliban officials have closed girls" high schools, barred their access to universities and stopped most women from working at non-governmental organizations.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2023
Women still barred as Afghan universities reopen for men
The university ban is one of several restrictions imposed on women since the Taliban stormed back to power in August 2021 and has sparked global outrage.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves