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Taliban restart secret talks with Afghanistan in Qatar

The Taliban and the Afghan government restarted secret peace talks in September and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. Citing a Taliban official, the Guardian said a senior American diplomat was present at the meetings in Qatar, where the Islamist group has a diplomatic office. The newspaper said the ...

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Russia Announces Humanitarian Pause In Syria’s Aleppo

The Russian Defense Ministry announced a pause of strikes against the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours. The Chief of the Russian general staff’s main operational directorate, Sergey Rudskoy, said the humanitarian pause will be introduced from 08:00 till 16:00 local time on October 20, during which Russian aerospace forces and Syrian government troops will cease strikes, Rudskoy said, ...

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Kansas trio pleads not guilty in plot to bomb apartment, mosque

  Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment building in western Kansas where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque pleaded not guilty on Monday but remained in jail, prosecutors said. Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, were each charged on Friday with one count of conspiring to use a weapon ...

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Billy Bush leaves NBC ‘Today’ show after Trump lewd tape

U.S. television host Billy Bush is leaving the “Today” show, NBC said in a note to employees on Monday , in the wake of his role in a lewd 2005 conversation with Republican presidential contender Donald Trump about women. Bush, 45, had been suspended from hosting duties on NBC’s flagship morning show after the emergence of the tape, in which ...

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Melania Trump calls taped comments by Donald Trump ‘boy talk’

Melania Trump rose to her husband’s defense on Monday, describing lewd comments the Republican presidential nominee made on a leaked 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women as “boy talk.” Trump, who has kept a low profile during her husband’s presidential bid, gave her first television interviews since the Oct. 7 release of the tape that has shaken ...

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China defends Pakistan after “mother-ship of terrorism” comment

China sprang to long-time ally Pakistan’s defense on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS nations. Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – escalated his diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan, which India accuses of sponsoring cross-border terrorism. Chinese ...

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Indications ceasefire could be accepted in Yemen

Saudi Arabia sees some indications that a ceasefire could be agreed in Yemen but called on Iran-backed Houthis to accept that the impoverished country should be free. Since March 2015, Yemen has been gripped by war pitting the Houthi group, backed by troops loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the internationally recognised Hadi government, which is backed by Saudi ...

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One dead in explosion at Germany

At least one person died and four were injured in an explosion at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site, German daily newspaper Bild said on its website on Monday, without citing sources. BASF said earlier that several people had been injured and some were missing after an explosion in the north harbour area of the site. The company was not immediately available for ...

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Suicide bombing kills 10 at Baghdad

A suicide driver detonated a car packed with explosives at a security check-point south of Baghdad on Monday, killing ten people and wounding 25, police and medical sources said. The blast happened as a convoy of Shi’ite paramilitary fighters drove past the check-point in Yusufiya, 15 kilometers south of the Iraqi capital, the sources said. It caused casualties among police ...

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U.S. ready to support Iraq in ‘difficult fight ahead’ for Mosul

  The United States and the rest of the U.S.-led international coalition stand ready to support Iraq “in the difficult fight ahead,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday as Baghdad announced its offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State. “This is a decisive moment in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat,” Carter said in a statement, ...

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