The consulate will enable co-operation, help develop joint projects and attract investment, officials and business leaders say.
Tribal elders are trying to persuade the Taliban to stop hindering children from attending school, officials say.
The electricity outage has caused massive financial losses, spoiled raw materials and put hundreds of Afghans out of work, local officials and factory owners say.
Public calls for the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's offer for peace talks are increasing.
More Afghans died in the first six months of 2018 than in any other year during the same period since the UN began keeping records. ISIS was responsible for 52% of the casualties suffered in suicide and 'complex' attacks, while 40% are attributed to the Taliban.
More than 100 ulema from 57 countries issued a statement supporting the Afghan government's continuing peace efforts and denouncing the Taliban's ongoing campaign of violence.
Iranian special forces are facilitating a six-month training programme for the 'brightest and most able' Taliban fighters in exchange for carrying out the bidding of Tehran.
Kunar provincial officials say they are poised to take advantage of the clashes by launching operations against both sets of militants.
Afghan security forces killed two gunmen who attacked a provincial education department compound a day after an ISIS suicide bombing rocked the city, officials say.
The attack comes a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed 'hope' for peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.
Residents say they will take up arms against the Taliban if they do not accept peace.
The library bus stops at schools, parks and orphanages, serving as many as 300 children daily.
The Afghan economy is losing millions of dollars through smuggling or transferring of hard currency to Iran from Herat Province, officials and economists warn.
Despite mounting pressure from Afghan civilians, religious authorities and the Afghan government, Taliban commanders are resisting the call for peace.
Women working in Jalalabad's public gardens earn about $130 (9,486 AFN) per month -- and have the rare opportunity to work outside the home.
The Afghan public and security forces welcomed the Taliban with 'warm, brotherly hands', persuading many fighters to return to a normal life with their families.
An ISIS suicide bomber killed 19 people and wounded 21 others in Jalalabad over the weekend.