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Resist, forgive, submit? Afghan youth on hopes for peace

Kabul - Sitting in his male beauty shop, 25-year-old Zabihullah longs for peace in Afghanistan -- but not one that would see religious police beating people in the streets for their hairstyles or outfits.

US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks

Doha - US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their latest round of marathon peace talks on Tuesday with "real strides" made but no agreement on a timetable for troop withdrawal, the US special envoy said.

No date yet for Trump-Xi trade summit: White House

Washington - A possible summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping remains up in the air as negotiators try to resolve the two massive economies' trade dispute, the White House said Monday.

Nicaragua opposition says no new talks until political prisoners freed

Managua - Negotiations aimed at resolving a months-long crisis in Nicaragua stalled Sunday when the opposition called on President Daniel Ortega's government to release all political prisoners before any new talks.

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with US

Kabul - The Taliban denied on Friday that they were discussing a ceasefire and dialogue with the Kabul government during ongoing talks with the US in Doha, contrary to statements from Washington."This phase is about fleshing out the details of the two issues.....

UN hosts Cyprus leaders in push for peace

Nicosia - The United Nations on Tuesday hosted an informal meeting between the leaders of divided Cyprus, aimed at reviving stalled peace talks.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

Fear and hoping: expectations surge ahead of new US-Taliban talks

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are to meet in Qatar for fresh talks Monday seeking an end to 17 years of grinding conflict in Afghanistan, with the stakes ratcheting higher as the spring fighting season approaches.

Taliban announce talks with US in Islamabad

Kabul - The Taliban said Wednesday that its negotiators would meet US envoys for talks this month in Islamabad, and also sit down with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss Afghanistan.

US slams repression in Zimbabwe

Washington - The United States Tuesday slammed police repression in Zimbabwe, weeks after security forces crushed protests there.Washington also urged all parties to take part in the national dialogue that opposition forces have sat out.

Zimbabwe opposition leader snubs Mnangagwa dialogue call

Harare - Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa snubbed an invitation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to join a national summit on Wednesday, just weeks after security forces crushed protests over the worsening economy.

Taliban hold rare talks with Afghan politicians in Moscow

Moscow - The Taliban began an extraordinary meeting with high-ranking Afghan politicians -- including women -- on Tuesday in Moscow, where rivals of President Ashraf Ghani called for an interim government as they negotiated without him.

Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

Kabul - President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan.

Trump 'serious' about Afghan withdrawal, Taliban says

Kabul - US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP Friday, outlining the "Islamic system" comprising "all Afghans" that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal.

Afghan women fear cost of peace will be their freedom

Kabul - It is naive to think the Taliban have changed their stance on women's rights, says Kabul restaurateur Laila Haidari, who like many educated Afghan women fears any peace deal between the extremists and the US could erode hard-won freedoms.

Britain faces accidental 'no deal' Brexit: EU

Apo - Britain risks crashing out of the European Union without a Brexit deal "by accident" because London cannot decide what it wants, a senior EU negotiator warned Monday.

US envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban: NYT

Kabul - The US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul, Washington's main negotiator was quoted as saying Monday, but major hurdles including a ceasefire and a withdrawal of foreign forces remain...

Afghan president calls on Taliban to 'enter serious talks' with Kabul

Kabul - Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to "enter serious talks" with the government in Kabul Monday, following unprecedented marathon negotiations between the insurgents and the US in Qatar last week."I call on the Taliban to...

Kabul govt key to peace talks, US says, after Taliban progress

Kabul - Afghanistan said on Monday it has been reassured by Washington that progress in talks with the Taliban remains geared towards facilitating peace negotiations with the government in Kabul.

US-Taliban talks: As hopes rise of a deal, what comes next?

Kabul - More than 17 years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, Washington and the Taliban appear closer than ever to some sort of agreement that could bring the insurgents to the table for peace talks.

US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

Washington - The United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained.

US envoy hails 'significant progress' in Taliban talks

Washington - The US envoy negotiating with the Taliban hailed "significant progress" Saturday in finding a solution to end Afghanistan's long-running war."Meetings here were more productive than they have been in the past.

Syria anti-IS forces must keep 'special status': Kurdish commander

- Any deal between Syria's Kurds and Damascus should respect the "special status" of Kurdish-led forces who fought the Islamic State group, a top Kurdish commander of those forces said.

Taliban appoint co-founder as top negotiator for talks with US

Kabul - The Taliban have appointed a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan.

UN seeks 'substantial progress' in Yemen before more talks

New York - UN envoy Martin Griffiths warned Wednesday that "substantial progress" was needed to advance peace efforts in Yemen before new talks can be held on ending the devastating war.

'Substantial progress' needed in Yemen before more talks: UN envoy

New York - UN envoy Martin Griffiths warned Wednesday that "substantial progress" was needed to advance peace efforts in Yemen before new talks can be held on ending the devastating war.

Yemen rebels open to more talks if 'progress' made in Sweden

Rimbo - Yemen's Huthi rebels are open to more talks with the rival government if progress is made this week at UN-brokered negotiations in Sweden, a spokesman said on Sunday.

China vows quick trade moves, Trump upbeat

Bejing - China vowed Wednesday to move swiftly to strike a trade consensus with the United States -- to the apparent relief of US President Donald Trump after a day of mixed signals that sent global markets into a swoon.

China vows quick trade moves as US sends mixed signals

Bejing - China vowed Wednesday to move swiftly to strike a trade consensus with the United States, even as mixed signals on the detente from self-described "Tariff Man" Donald Trump's administration upset global markets.
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