Weary from decades of war, citizens marched for an end to the conflict between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
From 2005 through 2018, all the winners were men.
As Afghanistan's youth population continues to grow, so does discontent with the prospect of the Taliban's return to governing.
The initiative is expected to boost the number of passports issued from about 2,500 to 10,000 a day.
Recent gains brought a months-old operation to wipe out the last vestige of ISIS's once-sprawling proto-state closer to its inevitable outcome.
The move will help improve education in the region as many students have been forced to study in open spaces because of damaged or destroyed facilities.
The Taliban will face harsh retribution for any loss of life among security personnel, Herat Provincial Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi said.
Demonstrators demanded the continuation of women's rights and achievements if the Taliban join a future Afghan government.
Iranian television shows often depict insulting racist caricatures of Afghans, portraying them as poor, weak and inferior characters.
Two women will lead Afghanistan's electoral commissions, giving them significant roles in ensuring the transparency and fairness of upcoming elections.
Locals united in a call for peace with a tree-planting gesture after years of violence inflicted on the country by militants.
How likely are the Taliban to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government before presidential elections in July?