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Taliban leader approved Islamabad meeting on Afghanistan peace talks: sources

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said.<p>It was unclear if any progress was made in the …

Afghanistan

Anti-Terror Fatwas in Pakistan a result of US pressure: Afghan MPs

Legislators in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday raised doubts over a recent anti-terror Fatwa (religious decree) …

Pakistan

Pence urges peaceful end to standoff over Afghan Governor

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called for a peaceful change of leadership in the northern Afghan province of Balkh, where the powerful governor has defied attempts by the central government to oust him for the past month amid sensitive ethnic rivalries.<p>The standoff between …

Afghanistan

Afghan province awards Trump bravery medal after tough talk on Pakistan

Hundreds of Afghans in Logar province pitched in to recognize President Donald Trump with a gold medal for bravery after his administration suspended …

Afghanistan

10 Years On, The Iraq Surge May Offer Our Best Hope For Afghan Stability

Ten years ago next month, the U.S. military changed tack in a messy Iraq occupation, launching what’s simply known as “the surge.” Today, experts are …

War

Vice President Pence urges peaceful resolution of Afghan power struggle

KABUL — Vice President Pence weighed in on one of the thorniest issues in Afghanistan’s complex politics on Wednesday by urging the peaceful resolution of a power struggle between the president and the deposed governor of a northern province.<p>According to a statement from the vice president’s …

Middle East

Afghan Government, Taliban Deny Sending Envoys to Turkey Talks

Afghanistan government negotiators and Taliban officials have reportedly opened “unofficial” talks in Turkey to discuss the groundwork for initiating …

Afghanistan

UN Team Meets Afghan President in Kabul

The Afghan government announced on Monday that President Ashraf Ghani met with a top-level UN Security Council delegation that included US Ambassador …

Afghanistan

Nazarbaev Thanks Trump For Backing Kazakh Territorial Integrity

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for Washington’s support of his country’s territorial integrity, as …

Russia

United Nations Security Council makes secret visit to Afghanistan in show of support for war-torn nation - Firstpost

<b>United Nations:</b> The Security Council has concluded a secret fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in a show of support for the war-torn nation where it …

Afghanistan

Challenging the Afghan State, a Cornered Strongman Tries to Ascend

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Atta Muhammad Noor, a strongman who has ruled a prosperous northern Afghan province more like a king than a governor for 13 years, was driving between meetings in Dubai last month when he got the call: President Ashraf Ghani was firing him.<p>For three years, Mr. Ghani …

World News

Kabul meeting for putting pressure on Pakistan

Representatives of the United Nations Security Council including US ambassador Nikki Haley held talks with Afghanistan 's top leaders during a …

Afghanistan

UN team in Kabul to show support for war-weary Afghanistan

The Afghan government says President Ashraf Ghani has met with a top-level U.N. Security Council delegation that included U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.<p>…

Afghanistan

Defiant Governor in Northern Afghanistan Tests President Ghani

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan—Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted governor of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, is daring President Ashraf Ghani to come after him.<p>Last month, Mr. Ghani shocked Mr. Atta—and the rest of Afghanistan—by accepting an undated resignation letter the governor had submitted …

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Security Council reiterates support for efforts to restore peace and progress

The United Nations Security Council, during a weekend mission to Afghanistan, reiterated its support for the Central Asian country’s efforts to …

Ashraf Ghani

Amir Taheri - Iran: Anatomy of a National Revolt

With its flames declining after days of high blaze, the “events” that shook Iran In December and early January are still attracting a tsunami of …

Middle East

Turkey hosts Afghan ‘peace talks’

KABUL - Senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that meetings were underway in Turkey between their government and representatives of the Taliban, …

Afghanistan

TV tonight: ‘Victoria,’ returns; ‘Family Guy’ airs 300th episode

TV picks for Sunday, Jan. 14<p>WATCH THIS:<p><b>“60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS):</b> The Afghan War has cost America 2,400 lives and a trillion dollars, but 16 years …

TV

75 Prisoners Loyal To Former 'Butcher Of Kabul' Freed

Afghan officials say the country’s president has issued pardons to 75 prisoners loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord who signed a peace deal with …

Afghanistan

World Digest: Jan. 11, 2018

TUNISIA<p>328 arrested as protests over price rises persist<p>Tunisian police arrested 328 people and fired tear gas as protesters hurled rocks and burned tires during continued nationwide demonstrations over price increases. European governments, meanwhile, warned travelers about the multiday outbreak …

Nicolás Maduro

His School Was Burned Down. Now He’s Bringing Education to Thousands of Girls in Afghanistan.

One morning in 2002 when Matiullah Wesa was in fourth grade, armed militants rushed into his school — just a few open-air tents — in Maruf, …

Activism

Can Afghanistan join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

The inclusion of Afghanistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would boost the country's economy, but its implementation will be difficult for …

World News

Cutting Into Afghan Patronage: A Struggle to Make Government Younger

KABUL, Afghanistan — When Ashraf Ghani, a former academic and World Bank technocrat, took office as the president of Afghanistan in 2014, he promised to change the way the country was governed by putting a new generation of Afghans into leadership positions.<p>The long war with the Taliban was still …

World News

Pentagon task force on Afghan reconstruction wasted millions: Report

The Pentagon task force overseeing millions in U.S.-funded reconstruction dollars for Afghanistan was plagued by organizational shortfalls, …

Afghanistan

How the heroin trade explains the US-UK failure in Afghanistan

After 16 years and $1tn spent, there is no end to the fighting – but western intervention has resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s first true narco-state. By Alfred W McCoy<p>After fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could this be …

Afghanistan

Pence to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel in January: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel from Jan. 20 to 23, the White House said on Monday, embarking on a tour originally planned for last month after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.<p>Pence will hold talks with …

World News

Lessons of hope from Afghanistan in SA's corruption fighting journey

<b>Wayne Duvenage</b><p>For too long, the serious issue of tackling corruption in South Africa has been all talk and no action. On numerous occasions, the …

News (South Africa)

Trump Meltdown: Afghanistan is US Priority in South Asia, Not India or Pakistan

Share this:<p><i>Fire and Fury</i> makes no mention of the two largest countries in South Asia but has a vivid account of how the US president “lost it” when …

Donald Trump

A drug bust was marred by a suicide bombing in Kabul. Was it ISIS, or the ‘mafia’?

KABUL — Late Thursday night, yet another suicide bombing rocked Afghanistan’s beleaguered capital, claiming the lives of more than a dozen police officers. Reporters waited for one of the usual suspects — the Taliban or Islamic State — to claim it, and the latter eventually did. But Afghans …

News

The see-saw men

Zimbabwe<p>Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka away, and by year-end were obliterated by South Africa<p>Nothing much seems to faze Zimbabweans. In November, Logan Cup …

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