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Afghanistan's Haj and Religious Affairs on Tuesday issued a fatwa that advises people to avoid going to mosques for congregational prayers during coronavirus lockdown.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has chosen Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal to become finance minister.

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Afghan president's political rival Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said that formation of an "inclusive" negotiating team was an "important step" to facilitate intra-Afghan peace talks.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday discussed the need for Afghan leaders to form an inclusive government during a call.

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More than 2,000 cargoes bound to Afghanistan are stranded in Pakistan due to closure of the border over coronavirus, local media reported.

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called on the Afghan government and Taliban to cooperate in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

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In worst-case scenario, the coronavirus outbreak could last until December, Afghanistan's health minister warned on Monday.

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It will be nearly impossible to fight COVID-19 in countries already devastated by conflict unless a concerted response by states and humanitarian organizations is launched immediately, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Monday.

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Afghan government said on Monday that the prisoner release will not start on March 31.

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Nineteen Afghan forces were killed in Taliban attacks in northern Takhar and southern Zabul provinces last night, officials said Monday.

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