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Surging Blasphemy Cases Raise Concern in Pakistan

A recent surge in blasphemy accusations in Pakistan has raised concerns among human rights groups. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has reported more than 40 cases of blasphemy in Pakistan in the month of August alone. VOA's Arshad Momand visited the family of a man who is accused of blasphemy and filed this report, narrated by Roshan Noorzai.

Syrians Displaced by Turkish Operation Brace for Bleak Winter

This month marks the one-year anniversary of a Turkish military operation in Syria that resulted in the displacement of more than 150,000 people. VOA’s Zana Omar reports from Hasakah, northeast Syria, about the displaced people bracing for a second winter, in this story narrated by Namo Abdulla.

Women in Afghan Security Forces Fear Job Loss Amid Peace Talks

While talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue in Doha to find a solution to nearly two decades of conflict, women serving in the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) say they fear losing their jobs if the Taliban return to power. VOA’s Samsama Sirat reports from Kabul.

Violence Surges in Afghanistan as Peace Talks Continue in Doha

The Afghan government and the Taliban said Monday they have made some progress in their discussions over the rules for conducting the talks. However, they said both sides still must agree on a few remaining issues before starting the talks. Meanwhile, clashes between government forces and the Taliban have killed dozens of people in recent days. VOA's Rahim Gul Sarwan reports from Kabul.

Intra-Afghan Talks Begin in Qatar

The Afghan government and the Taliban began historic peace negotiations Saturday in Doha, Qatar. The discussions are expected to focus on a permanent cease-fire and power-sharing arrangement in Afghanistan. VOA’s Rahim Gul Sarwan reports from Doha.

Afghanistan: Measures in Place to Curb Drug Use in Police

The Afghan government said it has taken the necessary measures to curb the use of drugs by its police forces amid a report published last week by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which said Afghan agencies found that half of the police forces in the southern provinces used drugs. Mumtaz Baheer has more. 

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