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Afghan government envoys accuse Taliban of snubbing talks

Doha - Afghan government negotiators holding peace talks with the Taliban charged Tuesday their opponents had been avoiding formal engagement for more than a week, an accusation the insurgents denied.

Peace talks at 'snail's pace' due to Taliban, says Afghan govt

Kabul - Afghan authorities lambasted the Taliban Wednesday for failing to actively participate in peace talks seeking to end the country's long-running war.

Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

Kabul - A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin in Qatar Tuesday.

Next round of Afghan peace talks to take place in Doha: official

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government will be held in Qatar from next month, a top official said Sunday, despite President Ashraf Ghani's recent calls for them to be moved home.

Afghan president calls for peace talks to be moved home

Kabul - The next round of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government should be held at home, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, backing calls to move the talks from Qatar.

UK demands EU concessions ahead of 'moment of finality'

London - Britain on Thursday said talks to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union will not go beyond this weekend unless there is "substantial movement" from Brussels in key areas.

TikTok keeps ticking in US as deadline for asset sale passes

San Francisco - TikTok continued serving up short videos in the US despite missing a Trump administration deadline to come up with an acceptable deal to put its American assets into US hands.

UN envoy searching for way forward on Cyprus talks

Nicosia - A UN special envoy will meet rival Cypriot leaders on Tuesday to assess whether conditions are ripe to involve Britain, Greece and Turkey in getting reunification back on the rails.

EU warns will defend its market amid Brexit frustrations

Apo - EU chief Ursula von der Leyen warned Wednesday that any post-Brexit trade deal must not undermine the EU single market, as frustration with London grows.

EU chief warns Brexit deal must not hurt single market

Apo - In a downbeat assessment of progress in post-Brexit trade talks, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen warned Wednesday that any deal must not undermine the EU single market.

Rival Cypriot leaders to meet on November 3

Nicosia - The leaders of divided Cyprus will hold a rare meeting next week in the wake of Ankara-backed hardliner Ersin Tatar becoming leader of the breakaway north, the UN said Tuesday.

Libya factions sign 'permanent' ceasefire

Geneva - Libya's two rival factions signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement Friday after five days of talks at the United Nations, which hailed the move as a moment that will go down in history.

Afghan president urges Taliban to 'have courage' and silence guns

Doha - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to "have courage and declare a national ceasefire" on Tuesday as he visited Doha where peace talks between government and Taliban negotiators have stalled.

Nearly two decades after US invasion, Afghans fear Taliban return

Kabul - Almost two decades after the United States launched air strikes against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime and started what would become America's longest-ever war, the hardline group are in a stronger position than ever.

Head of Afghan peace process visits Pakistan as talks continue

Islamabad - The Afghan official overseeing Kabul's efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban arrived Monday for a three-day visit to Pakistan, the influential neighbour considered vital to the peace process.

Afghan government presses truce demand in Taliban talks

Doha - The Afghan government on Monday pressed its calls for a truce with the Taliban, reiterating its desire for a long-term ceasefire at historic talks in Qatar.

Afghan women negotiators face hardline Taliban in peace talks

Kabul - Four Afghan women who endured the Taliban's oppressive rule and have fought for fragile gains since the militants were ousted are facing the hardline group in peace talks.

At Afghan peace talks, the hard work begins

Doha - Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators get down to business Sunday, with the search for a lasting ceasefire one of many key issues up for discussion.

Taliban could swap inmates for truce: Afghan govt peace chief

Doha - The Taliban could offer a truce in exchange for the release of its jailed fighters, the head of the peace process for the Afghan government said as talks opened Saturday.

Afghanistan talks: bitter foes with incompatible goals

Kabul - Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators offer no easy route to bridging deep ideological divides and resolving the bitter legacy of two decades of war.AFP takes a look at the main issues:- Why now?

Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

Doha - Historic peace talks opened between the Taliban and the Afghan government on Saturday, with the warring parties meeting face to face in Qatar even as violence continued on the ground in Afghanistan.

Afghan govt negotiators leave for peace talks with Taliban

Kabul - Afghan government negotiators left for Doha on Friday to hold landmark peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the country's long running conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.

Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured

Kabul - The Afghan government and the Taliban will this weekend begin talks to end nearly two decades of war, though few expect a peace deal any time soon.

After months of delays, 'historic' Afghan peace talks to open

Kabul - Long-delayed peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators will begin Saturday in Qatar, officials said, marking a potentially momentous milestone in Afghanistan's 19-year-old war.

Afghan peace talks to begin Saturday

Kabul - Long-delayed peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators will begin Saturday in Qatar, officials and the insurgent group announced Thursday.

Taliban say team in Qatar for Afghan peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban's negotiating team has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman said Saturday, in a sign that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan government are inching closer to starting.

Serbia, Kosovo strike economic pact at White House

Washington - Former foes Kosovo and Serbia agreed Friday to normalize economic relations in a US-brokered deal that the administration of President Donald Trump touted as a major diplomatic success.

Serbia, Kosovo expected to sign pact at White House

Washington - Serbia and Kosovo are expected to sign an agreement on opening economic relations at the White House Friday, giving President Donald Trump the opportunity to claim a new diplomatic victory for his administration.

'Real progress' at Serbia-Kosovo talks hosted by White House

Washington - Kosovo and Serbia officials made progress toward thawing economic relations in talks Thursday at the White House, officials said, but Serbia said it rejected an effort to force it to officially recognize its bitter enemy.

Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks

Kabul - The Afghan government said Thursday it had released 400 Taliban prisoners under an exchange deal with the militants, except for "a few" opposed by foreign nations, and expected peace negotiations to start soon.
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