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Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior state department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has demanded neighbouring Pakistan act against Taliban militants, allegedly based in the country.

Germany's 'grand coalition' talks stumble over refugee rights

Asher Kessler

Germany's 'grand coalition' talks stumble over refugee rights

Negotiations between the SPD, CDU and FDP have broken down over the contentious issues of immigration and family reunification.

Afghanistan reels with new deadly IS-claimed attack in Kabul

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Afghanistan reels with new deadly IS-claimed attack in Kabul

IS have claimed an attack on a military compound in Kabul, killing at least 11 soldiers this morning

Dozens killed in ambulance bomb attack on <em>Afghan</em> capital Dozens killed in ambulance bomb attack on Afghan capital

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Dozens killed in ambulance bomb attack on Afghan capital

At least 95 people have been killed and dozens injured in a bomb attack in the Afghan capital, as Kabul witnesses a spike in attacks ...

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US calls for 'decisive action' after Kabul killings

US President Donald Trump called for 'decisive action' after at least 95 were killed in an ambulance bomb blast, which is being described in Afghanistan's deadliest militant attack this year.

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Afghan militants target Kabul with ambulance bomb

Dozens have been injured in a car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, as Kabul witnesses a spike in attacks from a reinvigorated ...

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US denies hitting refugee camp in Pakistan drone strike

Tensions continue between Washington and Islamabad as the US denies claims that it attacked an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan on ...

Harun Arsalai

"Never ending trauma" plagues Afghanistan

As NGO workers recover from a car-bomb attack on Save The Children's officers, Afghanis face violence from IS, the Taliban, security forces and ...

Kabul hotel attack death toll rises to 40

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Kabul hotel attack death toll rises to 40

The death toll from the attack on the hotel in Afghanistan has risen to 40 people including at least 15 foreigners.

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Militants attack Save the Children offices in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Armed militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning after carrying out a blast nearby, with one ...

Death toll from Kabul hotel Taliban attack drastically rises

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Death toll from Kabul hotel Taliban attack drastically rises

The death toll from a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel has been raised from six to at least 18 people, including more than a dozen foreigners.

Afghanistan hotel siege ends after terrifying 12-hour Taliban raid

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Afghanistan hotel siege ends after terrifying 12-hour Taliban raid

A siege on a Kabul hotel has ended, after Afghan security forces spent 12 hours battling Taliban militants to rescue staff and guests.

Pakistan clerics issue Muslim fatwa forbidding suicide bombings

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Pakistan clerics issue Muslim fatwa forbidding suicide bombings

In Pakistan's latest move to crackdown on extremism, thousands of clerics have come together and issued a ruling on suicide bombings as ...

Afghanistan's youthquake: Young activists lead the way

Austin Bodetti

Afghanistan's youthquake: Young activists lead the way

In-depth: Young Afghan activists such as Hamidullah Barakzai, an educated up-and-comer striving for social change, is providing reasons ...

Naveed Ahmad

Is Pakistan's loss America's gain?

Comment: Pakistan's military has been ready for the US refusal to sell arms or provide assistance for about a decade, writes Naveed Ahmad.

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Thousands saved from execution as Iran eases drug law

Thousands of convicts on death row for drug crimes in Iran will escape hanging as a new softened anti-narcotics law is enforced, local media ...

Mat Nashed

The EU must stop deporting Afghans to warzones

Comment: Sending Afghans back to a country where they risk persecution or death violates international and EU law, writes Mat Nashed.

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Trump could freeze $2 billion of Pakistan aid

The move will include both US military assistance and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad.

Over 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran killed in Syria

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Over 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran killed in Syria

An official in an Afghan volunteer force said more than 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran have been killed fighting on the side of ...

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Pakistan denounces 'counterproductive' US security aid suspension

Animosity between the two countries, which began after President Trump accused Pakistan of sheltering militants, has escalated after Washington ...

Iran hangs man for rape and murder of child

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Iran hangs man for rape and murder of child

Iran carried out the death penalty on a man convicted of raping and killing a child when he himself was a minor in a case that shook the nation.

Top US commander wants more aggressive policy in Afghanistan

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Top US commander wants more aggressive policy in Afghanistan

General Joseph Votel of US Central Command said an influx of new American trainers can help escalate the fight against IS as the Afghanistan war ...

Osama bin Laden's grandson 'killed during air raid'

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Osama bin Laden's grandson 'killed during air raid'

The 12-year-old grandson of former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has reportedly been killed in an airstrike along the Pakistan-Afghan ...

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