Afghan troops say they've retaken control of the centre of Kunduz. This comes three days after the city was seized by the Taliban. Many Afghans, however, are refusing to go back. They say they don't trust the government to keep them safe.
Since February seven workers for the humanitarian group have been killed in escalating violence. The charity says it has no choice but to scale backs its programs in the country's north.
Although US President Donald Trump has appreciated Pakistan's efforts in securing the release of a US-Canadian couple, experts say it is yet to be seen whether Islamabad is serious about defeating Islamists.
Canadian Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, who is from the United States, have been set free by the Taliban in Pakistan. The couple's three children, who were born in captivity, were also released.
Around two-thirds of girls in Afghanistan are not in school, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Despite improved access to education, security concerns and social stigma keep most girls out of the classroom.
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