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    Azerbaijan drug rehab centre fire claims 25 lives

    Twenty-five people perished in a fire which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early on Friday, with activists saying safety standards had not been met.

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    Ashraf Ghani invites Taliban to join peace talks to 'save the country'

    Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called on the Taliban to take part in peace talks to “save the country” while simultaneously calling for government.

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    Ready to negotiate with US: Afghan Taliban

    The Taliban has called for direct talks with the United States (US) to find a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy reversal after months of escalating attacks.

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    Afghan government to shut down Taliban's Qatar office

    The Afghan government initiated discussions with the Qatari government to close down Taliban’s Doha wing as it has “no positive consequence in terms of facilitating the.

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    Afghans submit 1.17m war crimes claims to International Court

    Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans.

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    US not in Afghanistan to defeat Taliban: Karzai

    The United States is not in Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban but because America’s main rivals like China, Russia and Iran are in the neighborhood, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says.

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    Afghan Taliban say willing to engage in dialogue to end war

    The Taliban said on Wednesday they want to end Afghanistan’s war through dialogue but warned that their willingness to find peace did not mean they were exhausted and that their armed.

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    Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence

    Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, it has been learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly 200.

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    Pakistani, Indonesian presidents agree to work for Afghan peace

    The visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain have agreed to work together for peace in the war-shattered Afghanistan.

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    Kabul hotel attack death toll rises to 43, including 14 foreigners

    Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more.

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    Afghan president criticises Pakistan's anti-terror fatwa

    Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has criticised the anti-terror fatwa (Islamic directive) issued by religious scholars in Pakistan earlier this month, saying the anti-terrorism fatwa should.

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    IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

    Middle-class Afghans turned militants have assisted the banned Islamic State (IS) group's expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan's restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital.

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    40 killed in attack on cultural centre in Kabul

    At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital.

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    Back in Afghanistan, Russia is now tacitly supporting its former enemy, the Taliban

    Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine

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    20 Afghan police killed as Taliban attack checkpoints

    A series of Taliban attacks over six hours on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the southern province of Kandahar, police said on Tuesday.

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    43 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

    The Taliban has carried out yet another massive suicide bombing attack against a security forces facility, this time at an Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district in Kandahar province.

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    Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills 74

    The Taliban militants have launched coordinated attacks on police forces in two neighboring provinces in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 74 people dead and more than 200 others injured.

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    UN: Afghan Civilian Casualties From US Airstrikes Up Over 50 Percent

    The latest quarterly report on Afghanistan civilian casualties from the United Nations once again is bad news, unsurprising since all other reports on the Afghan War for months have been worse and worse.

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    Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

    Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties between the wary neighbors and Baku's growing desire to show that it has non-Western geopolitical options.

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    US aiding IS in Afghanistan, says Karzai

    The US forces are helping the militant Isla­mic State group in Afghan­istan, Hamid Karzai, the country’s former president, alleged in a controversial interview aired on Sunday.

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    Afghan Taliban in bid for ceasefire with IS

    The top leadership of Taliban in Afghanistan has reportedly According to Khaama Press, a source privy to the development said Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada had also instructed his fighters to not attack IS militants.

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    Six rockets land near Kabul airport after Mattis arrives

    The Taliban launched a volley of rockets near Kabul's international airport on Wednesday shortly after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital for talks, an official said.

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    Afghan forces find mass graves at site of village attack

    Mass graves containing the bodies of more than 40 civilians allegedly massacred by Taliban and Daesh militants were found after Afghan forces recaptured the village where they died, officials said on Tuesday. 

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    Afghan conflict: "They took everyone away from me"

    “My daughter was so frightened that she couldn’t even cry. She was just shivering,” said Dordana, a 47-year-old mother in Sar-e-pul Province, in northern Afghanistan.

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