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Taliban Ready for Cease-fire in Virus-hit Areas

Taliban Ready for Cease-fire in Virus-hit Areas

KABUL – Taliban, on Wednesday, said that they were ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under their control if the areas are hit by coronavirus outbreak. The announcement follows a UN Security Council statement Tuesday urging Afghanistan’s warring parties to heed the UN secretary-general’s call for an …

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Afghanistan Needs Inclusive Govt to Enter Talks: US

Afghanistan Needs Inclusive Govt to Enter Talks: US

KABUL – To enter negotiations, the Afghan people will need an inclusive government that can both provide security and participate in the peace process, US envoy told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of US Mission to the UN, said that the US is disappointed that …

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Iran, Russia Discuss Coronavirus Epidemic

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TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, discussed the coronavirus epidemic with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, during a telephone conversation. During Tuesday’s call, the two sides discussed the current situation and the impact of the spread of the coronavirus in both countries and around the world. Zarif and …

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Chinese Vaccine Approved for Human Testing at Virus Epicentre

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BEIJING – CanSino Biologics Inc. said it has received Chinese regulatory approval to begin human trials of a vaccine against the new coronavirus, another example of a potential disease weapon undergoing procedure accelerated for testing as the death toll rises and nations impose foreclosure on their citizens. The vaccine, co-developed …

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Khalilzad Welcomes Taliban Statement on Daesh

Khalilzad Welcomes Taliban Statement on Daesh

KABUL – The US envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the statement by Afghan Taliban in which the group denounced the Daesh terrorist group and vowed to stop any attempts by the terror group to recruit, fundraise or train inside Afghanistan. “I welcome the Taliban’s statement denouncing Daesh & …

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US Hits Kata’ib Hezbollah Weapon Storage Sites in Iraq

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BAGHDAD – The United States has carried out strikes on the facilities of the pro-Iranian militia Kata’ib Hezbollah in Iraq, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. “These strikes targeted five weapons storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to carry out future attacks against coalition forces of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR),” …

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US Seeks Deal Between Abdullah and Ghani: Khalilzad

US Seeks Deal Between Abdullah and Ghani: Khalilzad

KABUL – US Special Envoy on Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad says his country is still trying to find a solution to the disagreements between Abdullah and Ghani. He warns that if disagreements between Ghani and Abdullah continues, the peace process may fail. Zalmay Khalilzad in an interview with Tolonews …

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UNSC Passes Resolution Supporting Afghan Peace Deal

UNSC Passes Resolution Supporting Afghan Peace Deal

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US-Taliban agreement, signed last month in Doha. “The resolution demonstrates that the international community supports our approach to security for the world from Afghanistan,” US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted. The resolution supported peace, unity and sovereignty …

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War Crimes Accused Prisoners Should Not Be Released: AIHRC

War Crimes Accused Prisoners Should not be Released AIHRC

KABUL – The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), referring to the Afghan government’s planned release of Taliban prisoners as a “confidence-building measure” ahead of intra-Afghan talks, said those Taliban inmates who are accused of being involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity should not be released from the …

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