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Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed

KABUL: Afghan negotiators said Thursday their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wracked by nearly 40 years of war. Government representatives struck a positive note after returning from their first face-to-face talks with militant commanders held on ...

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PM departs Norway for SCO, BRICS summits in Russia

OSLO: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday left Oslo for Ufa, Russia to attend the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and the 7th BRICS summit. Nawaz is expected to meet with participating leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the ...

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PTI provincial minister, 10 others arrested by NAB

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Provincial Minister for Mines and Minerals Ziaullah Afridi was arrested on corruption charges on Thursday following a proceeding by the Ehtesab Commission in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The commission claims that the minister was involved in misuse of power for non-transparent leasing of contracts pertaining to land. The ...

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Ex-TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid killed in US drone strike: report

PESHAWAR: Former spokesperson for the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Shahidullah Shahid has been killed in a US drone strike, Afghan media reported Thursday. Quoting the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan, the official account of the country’s renowned news channel Tolo News tweeted that Shahidullah Shahid had been killed ...

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Younis a ‘modern world great’: David Lloyd

LONDON: Former England all-rounder David Lloyd has praised veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, dubbing him a ‘modern world great’ for his remarkable and invaluable contribution to cricket. Younis, 37, has been earning praise from the cricket fraternity after his unbeaten 171-run knock in the fourth innings of the third and ...

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Pakistan’s effort advances peace prospects, says US

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s decision to facilitate direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants advances prospects for a credible peace, says the White House. “We both (the United States and Afghanistan) acknowledge and appreciate Pakistan’s important efforts to host these conversations,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told a briefing ...

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Sinai blast wounds 15 Egyptian policemen

CAIRO: A roadside bomb blast wounded 15 policemen on Thursday as they traveled in a bus in northern Sinai where militants have launched deadly attacks against security forces. The military is fighting an Islamist insurgency in North Sinai, which grew since the 2013 ouster of president Mohamed Morsi by then ...

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