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The Taliban said they hadn't decided whether to attend an international conference in Turkey called by Washington to hammer out a peace deal aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.

Iran's foreign ministry said it is suspending cooperation with the European Union in various fields following the bloc's decision to blacklist several Iranian security officials over a 2019 protest crackdown.

Mideast 'early inoculators' to recover by 2022: IMF

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Mideast 'early inoculators' to recover by 2022: IMF

The International Monetary Fund raised its 2021 MENA growth forecast because of early inoculation of the vaccine, while saying inequalities are deepening between countries.

Germany's divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

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Germany's divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

Germany's far-right AfD is finalising its election manifesto amid internal division, links to radical Covid-19 deniers and accusations of ties ...

Ex-NATO commander suggests extending US presence in <em>Afghanistan</em>

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Ex-NATO commander suggests extending US presence in Afghanistan

NATO's former top commander has suggested a six-month extension to the US presence in Afghanistan as the 1 May withdrawal deadline ...

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Why the EU-Turkey migration deal needs to be reassessed

In-depth: Five years after the EU-Turkey migration deal was reached, the agreement desperately needs to be reassessed for the sake of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

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Afghan polio workers defiant despite colleagues' murder, Covid pressures

Vaccine efforts against polio have stalled in Afghanistan and Pakistan amid the Covid pandemic but workers remain defiant, despite the ...

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US agrees to move 'remaining combat troops' from Iraq

The US agreed to remove all remaining combat forces from Iraq.

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Battle for Marib key to Iran, US tension

The city of Marib has been facing an assault by Iran-back Houthi rebels and Saudi airstrikes that are trying to push back the advancing forces.

Afghanistan's last known Jew prepares to leave for Israel

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Afghanistan's last known Jew prepares to leave for Israel

Simintov drew international media attention for living a solitary life as Afghanistan’s last known Jew, spending the last two decades looking ...

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Afghan president to reveal new Taliban peace proposal: official

Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, is to unveil a new proposal for peace with the Taliban as the US' troop withdrawal deadline looms, an ...

EU hails US dropping of ICC sanctions

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EU hails US dropping of ICC sanctions

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU stands together with all partners of the ICC against "attempts at obstructing ...

ICC hails 'new phase' with US after sanctions lifted

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ICC hails 'new phase' with US after sanctions lifted

The Biden administration has stripped Trump-era financial sanctions and a visa ban imposed on top ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and another ...

US lifts Trump sanctions on Hague prosecutor, seeking cooperation

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US lifts Trump sanctions on Hague prosecutor, seeking cooperation

The US will lift sanctions on ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, previously imposed by the Trump administration.

'Talibanisation of education': <em>Afghanistan</em> overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

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'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

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US couple arrested over plan to join IS

James Bradley, 20, of New York and Arwa Muthana, 29, from Alabama were stopped on Wednesday as they stepped onto the gangplank of a cargo ship in Newark, New Jersey.

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Biden to reverse Trump ICC sanctions despite key divisions

Despite continued disagreements on Afghanistan and Palestine, the Biden administration is reportedly planning to reverse Trump's ...

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Gunmen kills Afghan policewoman on way to work

A policewoman was gunned down and later died in hospital on her way to work.

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Three women polio workers shot dead in Afghanistan

The three women were killed in two separate attacks in the restive eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.

New US sitcom faces backlash over 'cringeworthy' Afghan portrayal

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New US sitcom faces backlash over 'cringeworthy' Afghan portrayal

The United States of Al has been accused of having a 'white saviour' complex and failing to cast lead roles correctly.

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UAE, China launch project to produce Sinopharm vaccine

The United Arab Emirates and China on Sunday announced a venture to produce the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine in the Gulf nation, state media ...

Biden suggests Afghan withdrawal deadline to be pushed

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Biden suggests Afghan withdrawal deadline to be pushed

It is going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline, Biden said.

Lebanon joins UN list of 'catastrophic famine' risk countries

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Lebanon joins UN list of 'catastrophic famine' risk countries

A report by FAO and WFP lumps Lebanon together with famine-stricken Yemen and war-torn Syria in a list of countries at risk of food insecurity ...

Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

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Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

The militant group appear unimpressed with President Ashraf Ghani's attempt to undercut a US proposal to form an interim government involving ...

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