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Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says govt chief

Kabul (Web Desk) The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country´s de facto prime minister told AFP. Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as “chief executive” of the unity government in …

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State assembly dissolved in IoK: report

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) The governor of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) state dissolved the local legislative assembly late on Wednesday in a sudden move that could lead to fresh elections in the disputed region, the Press Trust of India reported. It came after two rival political alliances both staked claim to …

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Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 55

Kabul (Web Desk) The Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 55 people. Tuesday’s attack, which targeted a gathering of hundreds of clerics at a wedding hall in Kabul, bore the hallmarks of a local Islamic State (IS) affiliate, which has …

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Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden: US

Washington (Web Desk) Peace talks aimed at ending the war in Yemen have been set for early December in Sweden, between Huthi rebels and the UN-recognised government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. He said the Saudis and United Arab Emirates — who have militarily backed President Abedrabbo …

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Next Astana meeting on Syria to be held on Nov. 28-29

ASTANA  (Web Desk) Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov announced that the next round of Astana talks on Syria will be held on Nov. 28-29 at the Kazakh capital of Astana. In a press conference on Monday, Abdrakhmanov noted that representatives of the guarantor states of Astana process (Russia, Iran and Turkey) …

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Interpol presidency vote: Russia in surprise loss to South Korea

London (Web Desk) Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body’s arrest warrant system. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol’s 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat …

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Boko Haram attacks leave 53 dead in pre-election show of force

ABUJA (Web Desk) Booko Haram have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said Tuesday, in a new show of force ahead of February elections in the West African country. Despite the government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has …

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White House working as Saudi prince’s PR firm: senator

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Republican US Senator Bob Corker slammed Donald Trump’s statement of support for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, saying the White House is effectively conducting public relations for Riyadh’s crown prince. Mohammed bin Salman has been accused of orchestrating the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but Trump vowed to …

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