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Two blasts in Afghan capital during presidential inaugurations    

Hundreds of people had assembled at two venues inside the presidential palace complex to watch the swearing-in ceremonies for President Ashraf Ghani and challenger Abdullah Abdullah, when the blasts were heard, prompting some to flee.

A Strange Deal

In a country that has been home to war for over 40 years, any glimmer of peace is welcome but the US-Taliban pact is rickety at best

Taliban attacks kill 20 army, police, hours after Trump call: Officials

"Taliban fighters attacked at least three army outposts in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz last night, killing at least 10 soldiers and four police."

Taliban attacks kill 20 army, police, hours after Trump call

The violence has cast a pall on the nascent Afghan peace process, with the insurgents clashing with Kabul over a prisoner exchange ahead of talks that are due to begin on March 10.            

US peace deal leaves Afghans to determine post-war landscape

Activists want negotiators to write in guarantees up front that provisions on Islamic principles can't be used to later violate those rights.

Afghanistan must prepare for peace

A Taliban accord ends America’s war but durable peace will take root only through sustainable economic growth

Afghan peace deal

The Doha agreement, signed after months of negotiations, could lead to resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan where India has invested heavily, both financially and diplomatically

Pak hails US-Taliban deal as harbinger of Afghan peace

"It is a significant step forward by US and Taliban in advancing the ultimate aim of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan."

US, Taliban sign historic deal on Afghanistan’s future

Agreement is expected to lead to a dialogue between the Taliban and the Kabul government that, if successful, could ultimately see an end to the grinding 18-year conflict

With Taliban deal, US shifts away from two decades of global war

Russia has deployed in force into Syria, where both Obama and Trump resisted calls for greater intervention to try to stop President Bashar al-Assad's brutal crushing of opposition.

US ready to consider agreement with Taliban: Defence Secretary

"Should, intra-Afghan peace dialogues progress, the US will reduce our force posture as appropriate, based on conditions on the ground."

Cong asks Modi if he would raise H-1B visa with Trump

The Congress leader alleged that India's exports of USD 761 million of steel to the US fell by 50 pc to USD 372 million as the Trump Government hiked tariffs on import by 25 pc.

US, Taliban may sign peace deal on February 29 

They will "build on this step to deliver a permanent ceasefire and the future political roadmap for Afghanistan, says US State Secretary

US to sign peace deal with Taliban, withdraw forces over 18 months

Top sources involved in the negotiations between the US and the Taliban in Qatar, told IANS that the two sides have agreed to sign the peace deal on February 29, just four days after President Donald Trump concludes his trip to India.

NATO asks Taliban to show ‘real will’ to reduce violence

Afghanistan has been ravaged by war since the 2001 invasion of a US-led coalition that brought down the Taliban regime.

US, Taliban close to ‘reduction in violence’ agreement

Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan with a harsh version of Islamic law from 1996 to 2001 and hosted Osama bin Laden as he masterminded the 9/11 attacks.

Afghan official: Multiple US deaths after insider attack

It wasn't immediately clear if the gunman was an insurgent infiltrator or rogue Afghan military personnel.

US President Donald Trump renews vow to withdraw from Afghanistan

"We are working to finally end America's longest war and bring our troops back home."

Pompeo urges Taliban to show clear commitment to peace

The top diplomat added that the goal of peace and stability will need to be achieved via "negotiations of, by and among the Afghans".

US dropped record 7,423 bombs on Afghanistan last year

Earlier this month, over 60 civilians were killed or wounded in a US drone attack targeting a top Taliban splinter-group commander in western Afghanistan.

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