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Exclusive - U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening-general

15 Feb 2019

MUSCAT/KABUL Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts may exceed 1,000 forces. | Video

Life in Kabul's squatter camps highlights challenge for any Afghan peace

15 Feb 2019

KABUL While negotiations between Taliban insurgents and U.S. envoys fuel dreams of peace in Afghanistan, the squatter village of Pul-e Shina highlights the tough realities ahead if the country is to re-build after years of war.

Taliban reject Trump's suggestion of lingering U.S. counter-terrorism presence

06 Feb 2019

KABUL The Taliban reiterated on Wednesday their long-held demand that all foreign troops get out of Afghanistan, rejecting a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump of a lingering U.S. focus on counter-terrorism after troops are drawn down.

Taliban reject Trump's suggestion of lingering U.S. counter-terrorism presence

06 Feb 2019

KABUL The Taliban reiterated on Wednesday their long-held demand that all foreign troops get out of Afghanistan, rejecting a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump of a lingering U.S. focus on counter-terrorism after troops are drawn down.

Afghanistan lacks pilots, engineers to handle Black Hawk 'copters, U.S. watchdog warns

05 Feb 2019

KABUL The United States risks providing Afghanistan with state-of-the-art Black Hawk helicopters that the country's embattled air force does not have the pilots to fly nor the engineers to maintain, a U.S. watchdog said on Tuesday.

Roadblocks cast shadow over path to peace in Afghanistan

03 Feb 2019

KABUL U.S. diplomats and the Afghan Taliban have seen cause for hope in talks to end the United States' longest war, but the pivotal issues of a ceasefire and the militants sitting down with the Afghan government are far from being resolved. | Video

Watchdog shows Afghan defence forces declining as peace talks edge forward

31 Jan 2019

KABUL The strength of the embattled Afghan defence forces has declined to its lowest level in four years, a U.S. watchdog said on Thursday, as talks between Washington and the Taliban continue over the possible withdrawal of foreign troops.

Roadblocks cast shadows over path to peace in Afghanistan

30 Jan 2019

KABUL, Jan 30 U.S. diplomats and the Afghan Taliban have seen cause for hope in talks to end the United States' longest war, but the pivotal issues of a ceasefire and the militants sitting down with the Afghan government are far from being resolved.

Tough South China Sea talks ahead as Vietnam seeks to curb China's actions

30 Dec 2018

HONG KONG Tough negotiations lie ahead over a new pact between China and Southeast Asian nations aimed at easing tensions in the South China Sea, as Vietnam pushes for provisions likely to prove unpalatable to Beijing, documents reviewed by Reuters suggest.

Heeding China's call, Hong Kong tightens grip on dissent

15 Oct 2018

HONG KONG As Hong Kong's government hews closer to Beijing, officials are taking a tough line on perceived national security threats, even deploying an elite police unit for political monitoring and surveillance - a sharp escalation in rhetoric and action. | Video

World News

U.S. lawmakers await details of Mueller's Russia report

U.S. lawmakers waited on Sunday for details of a confidential report into a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over President Donald Trump's time in office and raised questions about possible collusion between the Republican's campaign and Moscow.