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Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

Kabul (Web Desk)  The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries …

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US imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON DC (Web Desk) The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “the toughest sanctions ever placed” against Iran. Taking effect Monday, the measures are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald Trump’s controversial …

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Merkel’s conservatives quarrel over party’s course

BERLIN (Web Desk) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) argued on Sunday over whether they should return to a more conservative agenda once she steps down as party chair as contenders to succeed her gear up for the leadership race. Support for their Social Democrats (SPD) coalition partner meanwhile hit …

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Suu Kyi’s party slapped down in by-election

YANGON (Web Desk) The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said on Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power …

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Afghan govt’s control over territories reaches record low

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report sent to Congress this week. The report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies a …

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Two women killed, several injured in Florida yoga class shooting

Talla­has­see (Web Desk)  Two women were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Florida yoga studio before class members fought back and the attacker killed himself, police said on Saturday. The women, identified as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, were shot and killed on Friday afternoon when …

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election next year

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced on Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country’s top job ahead of the ballot. Mr Ghani, who was elected in a controversial poll in 2014, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as …

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Norway Summons Saudi Ambassador Over Khashoggi Case

Oslo (Web Desk) Norway summoned the Saudi ambassador on Thursday over the death of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Soereide, announced on Friday. The development came days after the Saudi prosecutor-general acknowledged that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi had been plotted in advance. …

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