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    US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan talks

    The United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday.The reasons the US wasn't consulted before receiving the invitation.

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    Pak hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to peace talks

    The Taliban said Pakistani officials have hosted a meeting with their leadership to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow.

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    Taliban signal interest in joining Moscow talks

    The Afghan Taliban have signalled willingness to take part in a meeting that Russia is expected to host next month on peace and reconciliation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

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    Nowroz- e- Por-rang

    Nowroz or Nowrooz, contrary to the popular perception, is not merely a community - centric tradition. It is a philosophy, a concept, and tradition, which will always have the contemporary significance.

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    Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghan border

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the immediate reopening of border crossings with Afghanistan, more than a month after they were closed.

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    Afghan Star: Rap, stilettos and a musical revolution

    Smokey-eyed Zulala Hashemi, standing tall in four-inch gold heels, wants to sing for women. The 18-year-old has become the first girl to reach the final of popular television music talent show Afghan Star.

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    British govt to host Pak-Afghan officials for meeting on 'tense bilateral relations': envoy

    Afghan envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal on Tuesday announced that the British government will host a high-level meeting of Pak-Afghan officials tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the current tense.

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    Afghan forces free 59 prisoners from Taliban jail

    Afghan special forces freed 59 prisoners from a Taliban jail in Helmand, officials said on Saturday, as government troops redouble their efforts to drive back the insurgents who have seized large parts of the volatile.

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    Kabul Hospital attack death toll rises to 49

    The death toll from a brazen attack on Afghanistan’s largest military hospital by terrorists disguised as medics has risen to 49 with dozens wounded, a senior health official said on Thursday.

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    China hosts Afghan Taliban delegation: Report

    China hosted a delegation of top Afghan Taliban leaders recently as part of its efforts to encourage the militant group to join the peace process in the war-torn Afghanistan, a media report said today. 

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    US plan against Daesh includes Pak-Afghan region

    US Defence Secretary James Mattis has delivered to the White House a new plan for combating the militant Islamic State group (Daesh), which calls for using both military and non-military means for defeating.

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    10-nation ECO vows to combat terror at summit in Pakistan

    Established in 1985 for promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the member states, ECO now comprises of a region that stretches from the Himalayas in the East to the West of Dardanelles from the Ara

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    Eleven Afghan police killed in insider attack

    An Afghan policeman linked to the Taliban shot dead 11 of his colleagues at a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand, officials said Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack”.

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    Taliban leader goes green, urges Afghans to plant trees

    Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees while Kabul government said the move was made to "deceive public opinion" and distract from the Taliban's "crimes and destruction."

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    Security forces surround Afghan VP's house over abuse case

    Afghan security forces blocked roads and took up positions around the house of Vice President Rashid Dostum on Tuesday as a standoff flared up over accusations his men tortured one of his political opponents.

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    Pakistan moves heavy artillery to Afghan border

    The Pakistan Army has moved heavy artillery towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, security officials said on Monday.The move came just two days after the military"decimated" camps of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

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    Pak asks Afghan to handover 76 wanted militants

    Pakistan on Friday summoned officials of the Afghan embassy to the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to lodge protest against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan, Dwan news report.

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    19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan Supreme court

    At least 19 people were killed and 41 wounded Tuesday in a suicide blast at Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul, officials said, the latest attack to rock the war-torn capital.

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    Afghanistan avalanches: Death toll hits 119

    Afghan officials were working on Monday to reach remote villages after avalanches and heavy snow killed at least 119 people around the country. A storm dumped as much as two metres (6.5 feet) of snow.

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    Afghan civilian casualties at record high in 2016: UN

    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the United Nations, the world body said, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants - one third of them children - killed or wounded.

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    Work on TAPI pipeline to kick off in Pakistan this month

    Work on the long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) gas pipeline will kick off in Pakistan this month as Tapi Company, which has the mandate to run the pipeline.

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    Afghan man cuts off his wife's ears

    A man in Afghanistan has cut off his young wife’s ears, the head of a hospital caring for her said Wednesday, confirming the brutal act of domestic violence.The 23-year-old victim, Zarina, was attacked on Tuesday.

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    Trump's Muslim ban is old news in Kuwait

    Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans have not been able to obtain visit, tourism or trade visas to Kuwait since 2011, in a move which seemingly pre-empted US restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries.

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    'Afghan govt ready to negotiate with Taliban'

    Afghanistan's top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal said his government is open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgents, Chinese media reported Monday.

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