As western forces withdraw from Afghanistan, womens' rights in the country are being rolled back. Brutal attacks are rising in a climate of impunity.
At least 26 people have been killed and another 52 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up during Persian New Year's celebrations in Kabul. The "Islamic State" group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A new government report on military and civilian engagement in Afghanistan makes no mention of progress. According to Berlin, the worsening security situation is severely hampering Germany's commitment to reconstruction.
Chinese authorities have reportedly detained a number of Uighur women who are married to Pakistani men in the South Asian country's northern Gilgit-Baltistan region. The move has angered the locals, Sattar Khan reports.
The overall civilian toll fell by 9 percent compared to 2016, but the number of deaths from airstrikes saw a significant jump. A resurgent Taliban and "Islamic State" militants inflicted a bulk of the casualties.
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