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Kabul's peace council announced peace talks between the government and the Taliban could soon restart, after some 400 militant prisoners were released this week.

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Afghan forces, <em>Taliban</em> clash after ceasefire end

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Afghan forces, Taliban clash after ceasefire end

Two clashes broke out Wednesday in the eastern province of Ghazni.

The young migrants risking everything to escape Greece

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The young migrants risking everything to escape Greece

In Patras, young Afghan migrants strive to reach western Europe. For those willing to endure an often brutal journey, the dream of building a ...

What we know about the Lebanon explosions

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What we know about the Lebanon explosions

Here are the main takeaways from the massive blast that devastated Lebanon's capital Beirut.

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Ammonium nitrate: fertiliser behind many industrial accidents

The fertiliser Lebanese officials said was behind the devastating Beirut blast has been the cause of many industrial explosions over the decades.

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20 dead in Afghan prison raid claimed by IS

Fighting was raging one day after gunmen stormed the prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

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Three killed as armed men storm Afghan prison

Armed men stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least three people and shattering the relative calm of a ceasefire across the ...

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Suicide car bomb, gunmen attack prison in east Afghanistan

Sunday's attack comes a day after the Afghan intelligence agency said a senior IS commander was killed by Afghan special forces near Jalalabad.

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of <em>Taliban</em> prisoners freed

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Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

"You almost forget that there has been a war in this country for 40 years," one Jalalabad resident said.

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Calm across Afghanistan as ceasefire holds on day two

Hopes are building for renewed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a ceasefire holds for a second day

Flash flooding kills dozens of children in Afghan village

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Flash flooding kills dozens of children in Afghan village

Fifteen children under five and one woman were killed as dozens of houses collapsed due to flash flooding in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

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Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

A three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces has begun as Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Adha.

US hails Afghanistan ceasefire as peace talks hopes rise

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US hails Afghanistan ceasefire as peace talks hopes rise

US officials praised a ceasefire proposed by the Taliban and agreed to by the Afghan government, a development that raised hopes for ...

Afghan talks back on track as new ceasefire agreed

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Afghan talks back on track as new ceasefire agreed

The truce is only the third official respite in Afghanistan's conflict since the war started in 2001.

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Taliban propose potential Afghan talks timeline as violence soars

The Taliban are prepared to engage in peace talks with the government after Eid al-Adha.

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Afghan government airstrike 'kills at least 14'

District elders and well wishers had arrived to welcome Ghulam Nabi, a Taliban fighter released as part of a prisoner exchange.

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Afghan girl kills two Taliban fighters after parents murdered

The 15-year-old has vowed to fight any Taliban insurgents who confront her after her parents were gunned down by militants.

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Taliban make big changes ahead of talks with Kabul

Analysts say the shake-up could be a sign of how seriously the Taliban are taking the most critical step in a deal Washington signed ...

US will likely stay in Afghanistan, regardless of election

Sara Bakhtiar

US will likely stay in Afghanistan, regardless of election

Comment: Though Biden talks about 'ending endless wars', he would likely prolong and even expand the drone programme and US presence in ...

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Pakistan shelling kills at least 5 Afghan villagers: officials

The incident occurred when Pakistani security forces were erecting a fence along the border with Afghanistan.

Pentagon withdraws US troops from five Afghan bases

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Pentagon withdraws US troops from five Afghan bases

Washington’s diluted presence does not impact its capability and authority to defend 'US national interests', the Pentagon said.

US-<em>Taliban</em> deal enters 'next phase'

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US-Taliban deal enters 'next phase'

US Special Representative on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who negotiated the deal for Washington, tweeted that both sides had reached a "key ...

Afghanistan says will not release 600 'too dangerous' <em>Taliban</em>

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Afghanistan says will not release 600 'too dangerous' Taliban

Afghan authorities said they will not release 600 Taliban captives deemed "too dangerous", despite an agreed-upon prisoner exchange.

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