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Death toll in Afghanistan wedding blast rises to 80

Officials say more than 160 being treated in hospital, 30 of them in critical condition, after Saturday’s blast. The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a wedding hall in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has risen to 80. The death toll stood at 63 on Sunday, a day after the …

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افغانستان سے فوجی انخلا کا معاہدہ یقینی نہیں: صدر ٹرمپ

امریکہ کے صدر ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ نے کہا ہے کہ افغانستان سے متعلق امریکہ اور طالبان کے درمیان “اچھی بات چیت” جاری ہے۔ لیکن ساتھ ہی انہوں نے یہ خدشہ ظاہر کیا ہے کہ امریکی فوج کے انخلا کا معاہدہ کھٹائی میں پڑ سکتا ہے۔ منگل کو وائٹ ہاؤس میں رومانیہ …

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Trump To Meet Top Security Officials On Afghanistan

Trump is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. US President Donald Trump is expected to meet with his top national security advisers on Friday to review a US-Taliban peace plan that could end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, CNN reported. …

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Pakistan Struggles to Make Good on a Golden Opportunity in Balochistan

In a remote and arid corner of southwestern Pakistan, Islamabad has found itself embroiled in a difficult battle: a multibillion-dollar dispute with a global mining company over one of the world’s richest untapped deposits of copper and gold. In July, the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes …

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Suicide blast in Afghanistan kills 14 people; 145 wounded

The Taliban bomber detonated his explosives-packed car at a security checkpoint outside the police headquarters in a minority Shiite neighborhood in western Kabul. KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a police station the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145, most of them civilians, …

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Afghan TV Bus Bombed In Kabul, Killing Two

KABUL — Two people were killed and at least three others wounded in a blast targeting media workers in Kabul, Afghan officials say. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said that a magnetic explosive device attached to a bus carrying employees of the Afghan television station Khurshid TV blew up during …

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The Baloch And Pashtun Nationalist Movements In Pakistan: Colonial Legacy And The Failure Of State Policy – Analysis

Observer Research Foundation By Kriti M. Shah Introduction The border lands between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been a hotbed for global terrorism and jihad for the last four decades. The causes are rooted in colonial legacy and the impact of British rule on the region. In the late 1800s, the …

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Interview: U.S. Envoy Backs Afghan Presidential Election If No Peace Deal

KABUL — The U.S. peace envoy seeking to negotiate an end to the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan said peace negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban will determine whether the presidential election slated for September 28 is held.In an interview with RFE/RL in the Afghan capital on July 31, Zalmay …

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Pompeo Says Trump Wants To ‘Reduce’ Foreign Forces In Afghanistan By November 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump wants combat forces of the United States and its allies reduced in Afghanistan before the next U.S. presidential election in November 2020.Pompeo made the remarks on July 29 during a talk on foreign policy hosted by the economic …

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Trump’s Three Missteps on Pakistan

By Daniel Markey Pakistan is where good policy options go to die. U.S. administrations have struggled to develop a coherent and effective policy toward Islamabad, trying to coerce and co-opt it, with limited success at best. Daniel Markey of SAIS offers a readout of Prime Minister Khan’s visit to Washington. He …

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