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Taliban, Afghan officials say reach pact to reduce violence

8:07am GMT

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taliban leaders said on Friday.

U.S. special envoy discusses Taliban deal with re-elected Afghan president

20 Feb 2020

KABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday discussed a U.S. deal with Taliban militants on a weeklong reduction in violence, meeting the day after Ghani was declared a winner of a disputed presidential poll.

Ghani named winner of disputed Afghan poll, rival also claims victory

19 Feb 2020

KABUL Afghanistan on Tuesday declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election, but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government, threatening new turmoil as the United State strives to seal a U.S. troop withdrawal deal with Taliban militants. | Video

U.S.-Taliban pact to cut violence about to start, Afghan minister says amid clashes

18 Feb 2020

KABUL An agreement between the Taliban and U.S. forces to reduce violence will come into force within the next five days, Afghanistan's acting interior minister said on Tuesday, amid continued clashes between the militants and Afghan forces.

No let up in Taliban attacks, fresh orders awaited over deal with U.S.

17 Feb 2020

KABUL Taliban fighters attacked Afghan government forces overnight, and militant commanders said on Monday insurgency operations would go-ahead until they receive fresh instructions based on a deal with the United States to reduce violence in the country.

Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Afghan capital - police

16 Feb 2020

KABUL Gunmen shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, shining a light on chronic drug abuse in the world's biggest producer of opium but a rare incident of apparently coordinated violence against addicts.

'Mr and Ms Valentine': Afghanistan celebrates with roses and fashion

14 Feb 2020

KABUL After a busy afternoon walking the catwalk in a luxury hotel in Kabul on Friday, Salma Hussaini was named Afghanistan's first "Ms Valentine".

U.S., Taliban could sign peace deal in February if insurgents reduce violence - sources

13 Feb 2020

KABUL/DUBAI A U.S.-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month if the Taliban significantly reduces violence, which could lead to an eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, two Afghan government sources and a Western diplomat said on Wednesday.

Afghan president says Pompeo reports progress in U.S.-Taliban talks

12 Feb 2020

WASHINGTON/KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that "notable progress" had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Six killed in suicide blast in Kabul, Taliban deny attack

11 Feb 2020

KABUL A suicide bomber killed six people near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.

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