Analysts say the reopening of universities is a "critical marker" on the Taliban's road to international recognition.
Millions of migrants who rely on Europe's informal economy have hit rock bottom, creating a domino effect in North Africa and the Middle East.
The activists were travelling from Herat to neighbouring Farah province on Tuesday evening when their convoy was stopped by the Taliban.
Taliban launched offensive against Farah city in western Afghanistan, officials say, in latest attack as US pushes for a peace deal that would allow it to begin withdrawing troops.
At least 35 people were killed and 27 others wounded in western Afghanistan when the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb, officials say, a day after the UN warned civilians were dying at "shocking" levels in the war-torn country.
The latest attack in Farah province dashed hopes of some sort of a truce during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which started on Monday.
At least 15 members of Afghanistan's security forces were killed and wounded as the insurgents overran a district headquarters in the country's western Farah province that borders Iran.
Refugee families trapped in Greek Islands are surviving various odds — from tackling violence to rape threats — with the hope that the European Union may agree to assimilate them into Europe.
At least 22 policemen killed and 15 wounded in Taliban-claimed attacks in southern Kandahar province. In Farah province, nine Afghan Army personnel and three civilians are killed.
Afghan forces are struggling to combat a resurgent Taliban since the US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.
The Taliban attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters in Paktia province, a district centre in neighbouring Ghazni province, and a government compound in Farah province, killing over 60 people in the east, south and west of the country.
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