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

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

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.

Australia accused of failing academic jailed in Iran

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Australia accused of failing academic jailed in Iran

Australia's foreign ministry this week said Kylie Moore-Gilber case remained one of its "highest priorities, including for our embassy officials ...

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 the ...

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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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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.

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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 ...

Israel proposes new <em>prisoner</em> <em>swap</em> with Hamas: Report

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Israel proposes new prisoner swap with Hamas: Report

Israel is reportedly waiting on the Palestinian group's response to the proposal.

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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.

Dozens of Palestinians injured as Israel storms West Bank

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Dozens of Palestinians injured as Israel storms West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured as Israeli soldiers and settlers stormed towns in the West Bank, local reports confirmed.

Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

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Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

The Taliban have continued to work with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the US Defense Department said in a report.

US considers withholding aid to Jordan to force extradition

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US considers withholding aid to Jordan to force extradition

Al-Tamimi is on the FBI's list of "most wanted terrorists" for her role in the suicide bombing at a crowded Jerusalem pizzeria.

Attack blamed on Taliban kills seven Afghan police

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Attack blamed on Taliban kills seven Afghan police

Seven police officers were killed in Afghanistan in what seems to be a Taliban blast.

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Four killed in blast at Friday prayers in Afghanistan

Four people have been killed in a bomb explosion at the Sher Shah Suri mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers, as the Taliban and the Afghan government continue negotiations.

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Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Security concerns are mounting as several of the newly liberated fighters say they are ready to resume their holy war.

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Iran scientist returns home after US release

Iranian scientist Majid Taheri returned to the Islamic republic on Monday after his release from jail in the United States last week.

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Trump 'hopeful' for Iran after prisoner swap

Trump said he spoke to Michael White by phone and voiced rare appreciation for Iran, with which the United State was close to all-out war ...

Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attacks' since ceasefire

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Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attacks' since ceasefire

The first deadly assault since the end of a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan led to the deaths of seven Afghan security force members.

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Afghan president vows to quicken release of Taliban prisoners

The release of Taliban prisoners will be accelerated, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday.

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

The Covid-19 pandemic and a spike in violence threaten to jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process.

Will a gut-wrenching attack shake up Afghanistan's peace process?

Tanya Goudsouzian

Will a gut-wrenching attack shake up Afghanistan's peace process?

Comment: Two gruesome attacks shook Afghanistan this week, but even these horrific acts seem unlikely to mark a significant turning point in the ...

Hamas chief confirms <em>prisoner</em> <em>swap</em> negotiations with Israel

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Hamas chief confirms prisoner swap negotiations with Israel

Ismail Haniyeh has confirmed talks with Israel for a prisoner swap via Egypt and has urged Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian ...

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