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World Apr 29Afghan leaders convene to set agenda for Taliban talks
President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase unity at the four-day meeting that brings together politicians, tribal elders, many prominent figures and others.
World Apr 24UN report: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents
The UN report marks the first time in recent years that civilian deaths attributed to government forces and their allies exceeded those blamed on their enemies.
World Mar 12U.S.-Taliban peace talks in Qatar yield ‘progress,’ both sides say
The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government on a "withdrawal timeline and effective counterterrorism measures," American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.
World Feb 28Pakistan says it will release Indian fighter pilot to ease tension
World powers have called on India and Pakistan to de-escalate the tensions gripping the contested region since a Feb. 14 suicide bombing killed over 40 Indian paramilitary troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
World Feb 24UN: 3,804 Afghan civilians died last year, highest count ever
More civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year than in any of the previous nine years of the increasingly bloody conflict, according to a U.N. report released Sunday, which blamed the spike in deaths on increased suicide bombings by the…
World Jan 30Taliban say they are not looking for ‘monopoly on power’ in Afghanistan
The statement Wednesday by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen appears aimed at easing fears among those worried about any agreement that includes the Taliban. Its unusually conciliatory tone also could offer U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad greater leverage as he seeks to…
World Nov 08Blasphemy case overturned, Pakistani woman goes into hiding after release
A Christian woman who had been on death row for eight years was freed from detention Thursday, but her whereabouts are a closely guarded secret following demands by extremists that she be hanged in public.
World Oct 20Chaotic Afghan parliamentary polls draw to a close
Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, already three years overdue, ended as chaotically as they began with even the Independent Election Commission uncertain of how many of the estimated 21,000 polling stations closed by 4 p.m. local time, the original closing time.
World Jul 25Suicide blast kills 31 as Pakistan holds general elections
ISLAMABAD — A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into people waiting outside a busy polling station in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least 31 and casting a dark shadow on what was to be a…