May 29, 2015, The Daily Beast: The Hazaras stand apart in Afghanistan. Their ethnic appearance is disctinct, and theirs is a Shiite faith in a Sunni-majority country. They are one of the three big ethnic groups, but theirs is a long history of persecution that has included massacres and cultural losses such as the destruction of the centuries-old Buddha statues of Bamiyan...
May 28, 2015, The Wall Street Journal: Five years ago, photographer Gabriela Maj met Fareshte, an inmate of Badam Bagh women’s prison, while on assignment in Afghanistan. At the time, Fareshte had been incarcerated and was awaiting two sentences related to so-called moral crimes.
May 26, 2015, PAN: The Parchaman district’s administrative head is involved in killing and torturing several civilians, besides extorting cash from the people, residents of western Farah province allege. More than 3,000 families have allegedly been forced into migrating from Parchaman owing to the strong-arm tactics of the district chief, Mohammad Daud Mobarez, and his supporters.
May 25, 2015, ANI: At least five people have been killed and 62 injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province, said authorities. According to the Dawn, council director Atta Jan Haqbayan said that a blast took place at the gate of the provincial council’s compound in provincial capital Kalat.
May 25, 2015, AP: Taliban gunmen surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on Monday from inside the compound. Napas Khan, the police chief in the Naw Zad district, told The Associated Press by telephone that the insurgents had advanced to within 65 feet of the compound...