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Turkey to host 10-day Afghan-Taliban peace talks from April 24 | Taliban News

UN, Qatar included in US-backed push to jump-start talks ahead of May 1 deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s…

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Africa

Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 | Al-Qaeda News

The US will not meet the May 1 deadline agreed upon by the Trump administration and the Taliban, sources say.…

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Africa

Taliban refuse to attend Afghan talks in Turkey if held this week | Conflict News

Turkey is set to host talks as part of a US-backed push to jumpstart the Afghan peace process. The Taliban…

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Africa

The UN should stop playing politics with children’s lives | United Nations News

Children around the world suffer the consequences of war – they are routinely killed, maimed, recruited to fight, and otherwise…

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Middle East

Afghan president proposes three-phase peace roadmap: Report | Conflict News

Ashraf Ghani will put forward a three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan during a proposed meeting in Turkey, Reuters reports. Afghanistan’s…

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Middle East

Why can’t the US end the war in Afghanistan?

Largely forgotten by Americans, this $50bn per year campaign could literally become a ‘forever war’. Credit

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Asia

The many pitfalls of the new US proposal for Afghan peace | Asia News

As violence continues to escalate in Afghanistan, a new draft peace plan proposed by the United States – calling for…

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Latin America

Afghanistan’s president says will step aside if election is held | Ashraf Ghani News

At a regional summit in Tajikistan, Ashraf Ghani says he ‘strongly supports holding elections at the earliest possible time’. Afghanistan’s…

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Asia

Pakistan, Afghanistan hold five-day anti-polio vaccination drive | Health News

Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan have launched a new door-to-door campaign to vaccinate millions of children against polio despite the risks…

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Latin America

Taliban threatens to target foreign troops if deadline not met | Conflict News

The armed group’s threat follows comments by US President Joe Biden who said it would be hard to withdraw the…

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Latin America

Biden ‘can’t picture’ US troops in Afghanistan next year | Conflict News

President Joe Biden gives his clearest signal yet that he would not meet a May 1 deadline to pull out…

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Europe

US ‘exploring keeping’ counterterrorism troops in Afghanistan | ISIL/ISIS News

Biden administration looking at a deal where the Taliban would allow the force to stay in Afghanistan, says US lawmaker.…

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Europe

Why it is Biden’s call on the future of US troops in Afghanistan | Al-Qaeda News

United States President Joe Biden campaigned for the White House on a pledge to “end the forever wars in Afghanistan…

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Asia

Blinken pledges to ‘revitalise’ NATO, cooperation on Afghanistan | Business and Economy News

On his first visit to NATO headquarters, US secretary of state says he will also warn Germany about the Nord…

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Middle East

US defence chief Austin makes unannounced Afghanistan visit | Taliban News

Austin expected to meet President Ghani and other senior government officials. US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Kabul…

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Africa

Taliban expect US withdrawal in May; vow to restore Islamic rule | Taliban News

The Taliban warned the United States on Friday against defying a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and…

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Latin America

In Afghan delegation for Moscow talks, ‘only one woman in room’ | Taliban News

As envoys gathered in Russia’s capital for a shake-up of the Afghan peace process, Afghan women wondered: what about us?…

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Africa

World Bank rolls out COVID vaccine funds for poor Asian nations | Coronavirus pandemic News

Afghanistan to receive $113m, Bangladesh $500m and $75m for Nepal to vaccinate their populations against the pandemic. The World Bank…

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Middle East

Russia, US call on Afghans to discuss ceasefire after talks | Asia News

The conference is the first of three before a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops…

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Africa

Three killed, 11 wounded as Afghan gov’t bus bombed in Kabul | Asia News

Bombing comes on day Afghan government, Taliban and key countries, including US and Russia, gather in Moscow to push for…

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Middle East

UN chief appoints personal envoy to Afghanistan | United Nations News

Antonio Guterres appoints veteran French diplomat Jean Arnault as his personal envoy to Afghanistan ahead of peace talks in Moscow.…

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Asia

Biden says ‘tough’ to meet May 1 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline | Ashraf Ghani News

US president disparages agreement struck by former President Trump with Taliban as ‘not very solidly negotiated’. President Joe Biden said…

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Africa

UN sounds alarm over COVID deaths of children in South Asia | Coronavirus pandemic News

Pandemic may have indirectly contributed to around 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, UN report says. The coronavirus pandemic may…

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Latin America

US official warns Congress on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan | Military News

A top United States official working on Afghanistan has warned Congress that a withdrawal of US troops from the country…

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Middle East

Qatar to join Afghan peace talks in Moscow: Official | Taliban News

Special envoy of Qatar, Ambassador Mutlaq Alqahtani, to participate in the March 18 meeting in Moscow, official tells Al Jazeera.…

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Africa

Aid cuts by US, other donors could imperil Afghan gov’t: Watchdog | Asia News

International aid to Afghanistan decreased from a high of $6.7bn in 2011, down to $4.2bn in 2019, according to World…

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Europe

US special envoy to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow | Asia News

Taliban and government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have agreed to attend meeting in Russian capital on Thursday. The United…

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Latin America

Afghan officials reverse ban on girls singing after outcry | Music News

Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, and the ban prompted a backlash on social media. A…

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Africa

Taliban expresses scepticism over interim Afghan gov’t proposal | Taliban News

Taliban spokesman tells Al Jazeera an interim government, suggested by the US, will not solve Afghanistan’s problems. A Taliban spokesman…

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Asia

The new US plan could erase decades of progress in Afghanistan | Asia News

Last weekend, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, shared with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan opposition and…

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Europe

Include Taliban in interim Afghan administration, says Russia | Asia News

Inclusion would solve the ‘problem of integrating the Taliban into Afghanistan’s peaceful political life’, a Moscow official claims. Russia said…

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Africa

Turkey plans to host Afghan peace talks in April | Asia News

Turkish FM says both Taliban and Afghan government asked Turkey to host the meeting, which will complement Doha talks. Turkey…

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Latin America

Ban on Afghan schoolgirls singing in public slammed | Women’s Rights News

The education ministry says female students over 12 will not be allowed to sing at ceremonies, except if it’s an…

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Middle East

Midnight Traveler: An Afghan family film their own asylum journey

Afghan director Hassan Fazili is forced to flee the country with his family when the Taliban puts a bounty on…

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Asia

Afghan Buddha in virtual return, 20 years after Taliban destroyed | Religion News

Three-dimensional projection fills alcove that hosted the statue for centuries as Afghans commemorate the 2001 destruction. Twenty years after being…

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Middle East

The life and career of Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s cricket prodigy | Cricket News

The life and career of Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan has seen the theatrical treatment: The curtains parted one day and…

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Europe

Russia to host Afghanistan meet ‘to advance inter-Afghan talks’ | Ashraf Ghani News

Moscow says it has invited all stakeholders, including the US, China and Pakistan, for the talks on March 18. Russia…

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Asia

US proposes interim gov’t could run Afghanistan until new polls | Conflict News

A draft peace plan proposed by the United States for Afghanistan has called for the current government to be replaced…

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Europe

US says decision unclear on May 1 ‘force posture’ in Afghanistan | Ashraf Ghani News

US government says ‘all options remain on the table’ for remaining 2,500 troops, adding it has made no decision about…

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Africa

Blinken proposes plan to accelerate peace process in Afghanistan | Conflict News

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has written to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, suggesting ways to accelerate Afghanistan’s stalled peace…

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Latin America

Afghan president ‘ready to discuss elections’ to advance talks | Ashraf Ghani News

Ghani met US special envoy to Afghanistan in Kabul to discuss ways to accelerate peace negotiations with the Taliban. Afghan…

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Asia

Bomb kills female Afghan doctor, gunmen kill 7 workers: Officials | Taliban News

Doctor dies after bomb attached to her rickshaw explodes while at least seven civilians shot and killed by a group…

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Middle East

‘Nobody is safe’: New killings deepen Afghan journalists’ fears | Conflict News

It was Mursal Wahidi’s dream job, landed right after finishing her studies in journalism – working at a local TV…

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Europe

Afghans in shock after killing of female media workers | Crime News

Outrage across the country as funerals held for the young women gunned down in Jalalabad on Tuesday. Outrage rippled through…

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