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ISLAMABAD | Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban held another round of talks with U.S. officials on Monday, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, part of the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered few details of the daylong meeting except to … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thursday would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis and lead to tens of millions of aid dollars lost. The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

ISLAMABAD | Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office. A Taliban official and another individual close to the group confirmed the talks, which are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

ISLAMABAD— The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country’s Christians. The minority, among Pakistan’s poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Taliban officials say they held “general discussions” with Washington‘s special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war. The officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on Saturday on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the process, said … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  — Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan