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    Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence

    Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, it has been learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly 200.

    Central Asia
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    Rouhani visit to cement Iran-India ties

    India is all set to host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this week reasserting the growing ties between the two countries that is expected to strengthen New Delhi’s relationship with the West Asian power house. 

    South Asia
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    Afghan Bombings: Is US security strategy in Afghanistan working?

    IN the last seven days, Afghanistan has suffered from three major attacks in the cities of Kabul and Jalalabad that resulted in the deaths of at least 123 persons and injuries to more than 200.

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    Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll exceeds 100

    Afghanistan on Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabultopped 100 people, sharply raising tensions after.

    West Asia
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    Pakistani, Indonesian presidents agree to work for Afghan peace

    The visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain have agreed to work together for peace in the war-shattered Afghanistan.

    Central Asia
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    Kabul hotel attack death toll rises to 43, including 14 foreigners

    Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more.

    Central Asia
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    Afghan president criticises Pakistan's anti-terror fatwa

    Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has criticised the anti-terror fatwa (Islamic directive) issued by religious scholars in Pakistan earlier this month, saying the anti-terrorism fatwa should.

    Central Asia
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    IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

    Middle-class Afghans turned militants have assisted the banned Islamic State (IS) group's expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan's restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital.

    Central Asia
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    The various jihads of Mariam Abou Zahab

    In 2008, French scholar Mariam Abou Zahab met Abdullah Anas, a known Algerian Islamist and veteran of the Afghan Jihad, over dinner on the sidelines of a conference in London.

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    Pakistan considers blocking US supplies

    Pakistan is considering blocking supplies to the US forces in Afghanistan through the Pak-Afghan border as retaliation to Washington’s hostile attitude, The Nation has learnt.

    South Asia
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    40 killed in attack on cultural centre in Kabul

    At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital.

    Central Asia
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    Pak-China-Afghan trilateral meeting stresses talks with Taliban

    Pakistan, Afghanistan and China reaffirmed on Tuesday their support for a broad-based and inclusive process to bring peace to the war-torn country and stressed the need for dialogue between the government.

    South Asia
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    Afghan girls denied entry to US win top tech prize in Europe

    An Afghan girls' robotics team, which was temporarily denied entry to the United States earlier this year, has won an award at a prestigious competition in Europe.

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    Back in Afghanistan, Russia is now tacitly supporting its former enemy, the Taliban

    Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine

    Central Asia
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    20 Afghan police killed as Taliban attack checkpoints

    A series of Taliban attacks over six hours on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the southern province of Kandahar, police said on Tuesday.

    Central Asia
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    Afghanistan temporarily bans WhatsApp over ‘security concerns’

    In a move that can curb “freedom of expression”, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country.

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    Modi, Ghani express firm resolve to end terrorism

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani expressed their firm resolve to end the menace of terrorism, Outlook India reported on Tuesday.

    South Asia
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    No to CPEC unless Pakistan provides trade access to India: Afghan President

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his country will not be a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless it is given access to Pakistan's Wagah and Attari border, DNA India reported on Wednesday.

    South Asia
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    Afghan president bans Pak trucks from entering Afghanistan

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has issued a decree banning Pakistani trucks from entering the country via the Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossings, Tolo News reported.

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    Bomb blasts kill over 70 in Afghan mosques

    The first explosion rocked Imam Zaman mosque in the western district of Dasht-e-Barchi in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday as worshippers had gathered for prayers. A top security official said.

    West Asia
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    43 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

    The Taliban has carried out yet another massive suicide bombing attack against a security forces facility, this time at an Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district in Kandahar province.

    Central Asia
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    Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills 74

    The Taliban militants have launched coordinated attacks on police forces in two neighboring provinces in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 74 people dead and more than 200 others injured.

    Central Asia
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    UN: Afghan Civilian Casualties From US Airstrikes Up Over 50 Percent

    The latest quarterly report on Afghanistan civilian casualties from the United Nations once again is bad news, unsurprising since all other reports on the Afghan War for months have been worse and worse.

    Central Asia
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    US aiding IS in Afghanistan, says Karzai

    The US forces are helping the militant Isla­mic State group in Afghan­istan, Hamid Karzai, the country’s former president, alleged in a controversial interview aired on Sunday.

    Central Asia

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