Residents of Darzab and Qush Tepa districts are returning home after Afghan security forces regained control of the area.
The Taliban take shelter in civilian homes in an attempt to protect themselves from Afghan and international forces, officials and residents say.
Six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation have been suspended as the Attorney General's Office investigates allegations of physical and sexual abuse involving female players.
Afghanistan's first lady's office has mobilised a network of 11,000 women from across the country to share their ideas for peace and engage in talks with the Taliban.
'We will spread the message of peace among our people from now on and will raise our voices for peace from the pulpit of our mosques,' one imam said.
Residents of areas previously under Taliban control expressed relief following the arrival of government forces.
Hundreds of women and women's rights activists united in Kunduz city to call on the Taliban to end the violence and join the peace process.
Efforts are underway to stem the import of inferior Iranian saffron, which President Ashraf Ghani banned October 7.
'Peace is our motive,' said the organiser of the tournament.
Afghan forces, aided by coalition air power, have stepped up operations to beat back the Taliban militants in Farah Province who are terrorising local civilians with Iran's support.
Taliban leaders in Herat have expelled many of their disenchanted commanders and members who are reluctant to keep fighting.
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