December 13, 2018, Time: It was a sunny morning in early December last year when 23-year-old Khadija set herself on fire. She kissed her three-month old son Mohammed goodbye and said a short prayer. “Please God, stop this suffering,” she pleaded in the sun-soaked courtyard of her home in Herat, Afghanistan as she poured kerosene from a copper lamp over her small frame. She then struck a match. The last thing she heard were birds chirping.
December 11, 2018, The New York Times: At least 12 people were killed on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday when explosives in a vehicle detonated near a convoy of security forces, Afghan officials said, and at least 12 others were wounded. It was the deadliest of several violent attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday that left a total of more than 30 dead, most of them members of security forces.
December 9, 2018, TOLOnews.com: The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) survey shows that Afghanistan’s legal, judicial and educational institutions remain the “most corrupt” among government institutions. Based on the survey, after insecurity, unemployment and corruption are among the major concerns of the Afghan people.
December 7, 2018, Associated Press: Wheat and opium farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai, 80, has never seen a drought as bad as the one ravaging western Afghanistan where more than 250,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes. After his crops dried up in Gormach district of Badghis province earlier this year, Ishaqzai rented a truck and drove his family hundreds of kilometres through Taliban-infested areas to the neighbouring province of Herat.
December 6, 2018, Telegraph: In a statement issued to the Telegraph on Wednesday, the AFF said it “vigorously rejects the false accusations recently made with regard to the women national team”, adding that “should the AFF receive specific factual information and/or evidence, it will not hesitate to initiate further investigations immediately.”