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Taliban forms 14-member team for peace talks

Militants include Haqqani leader in it The Taliban announced on Tuesday a 14-member team to meet American negotiators this month in Doha, including five former Guantanamo Bay inmates and a high-profile militant behind bars in Afghanistan. U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has undertaken extensive recent peace talks with the Taliban …

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Taliban demands new Afghan Constitution

The Taliban demanded a new Constitution for Afghanistan and promised an “inclusive Islamic system” to govern the war-torn country at a rare gathering with senior Afghan politicians in Russia on Tuesday that excluded the Kabul government. The manifesto, outlined in Moscow, comes a week after the Taliban held unprecedented six-day …

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Russia to develop new missile systems by 2021

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday said the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty. The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement and on …

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U.S. briefs S. Korea on Kim meeting

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, on Monday briefed South Korea’s top security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, on Washington’s stance ahead of a working-level meeting with the North’s delegation on Tuesday. The meeting will discuss the agenda of the much-anticipated second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. …

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11 EU nations back Guaido as President

Move comes after an ultimatum given to President Nicolas Maduro to call fresh elections expired Eleven European nations joined the U.S. in recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim President on Monday, heightening a global showdown over Nicolas Maduro’s socialist rule. The EU members’ coordinated move followed the expiry …

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