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Sudan army rulers say civil talks to resume as Islamists protest

Khartoum - Talks between Sudan's military council and protesters are set to resume, army rulers said Saturday, as hundreds of supporters of Islamic movements rallied for the inclusion of sharia in the country's political roadmap.

Six shot dead as Sudan sees breakthrough in civil rule talks

Khartoum - Five Sudanese protesters and an army major were shot dead Monday in the capital, hours after protest leaders and the ruling generals reached a breakthrough agreement on transitional authorities to run the country.

China outlines three disagreements in US trade talks

Bejing - China's top trade negotiator said more talks will be held with the United States as he revealed what Beijing considers the three main differences keeping the two sides from reaching a deal.

Sudan army rulers, protest leaders differ on joint council make-up

Khartoum - Sudan's army rulers and protest leaders on Monday offered differing visions for a joint council, but a military spokesman said he hoped a final structure for the body could be agreed soon.

Syria constitutional committee 'unclear': Russian negotiator

Astana - Russia's envoy on Syria said Thursday that "several unclear issues" were slowing the formation of a constitutional committee which the United Nations hopes will drive a political settlement for the war-ravaged country.

Sudan protest leaders halt talks with military

Khartoum - Sudanese protest leaders Sunday suspended talks with military rulers, after the army failed to meet their demand for an immediate transfer to civilian rule.

Hundreds of Afghan delegates to meet with Taliban in Doha

Kabul - Afghanistan published Tuesday a lengthy list of delegates who will meet with the Taliban in Doha this week, including government officials, in what could become the highest-level dialogue between the sworn enemies in years.

Sudan protesters demand 'immediate' civilian rule

Khartoum - Sudanese protesters on Sunday demanded the country's military rulers "immediately" hand power over to a civilian government that should then bring ousted leader Omar al-Bashir to justice.

Sudan protesters present demands to military in talks

Khartoum - Sudanese protest organisers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said.

US peace envoy returns to Kabul to speak with Afghan government

Kabul - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul on Monday to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials, as part of an ongoing drive to find a way out of Afghanistan's 17-year-old war.

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.
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