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Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan.
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Taliban appoint co-founder as top negotiator for talks with US

The Taliban have appointed a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan.
The Taliban want to change the venue for talks from Saudi Arabia to Qatar [Osama Faisal-AP]

Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US to Qatar

The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar.
The Taliban has refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government [File- Sergei Karpukhin-Reuters]

Taliban rejects Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban has rejected Kabul's offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the armed group, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet the United States officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said.
Zalmay Khalilzad held three days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar in November [US embassy via Reuters]

Taliban to meet US officials in UAE – spokesperson

The Taliban have said they are holding a meeting on Monday with US officials, in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Dozens of security forces have died as a result of Taliban attacks in recent months [Rahmat Gul-AP Photo]

Taliban urge Afghans to boycott polls, reject peace talks

The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20, as they ramp up attacks in strategic provinces.
Dozens of security forces have died as a result of Taliban attacks in recent months [Rahmat Gul-AP Photo]

Officials: Taliban kill 10 policemen, blow up bridges

At least 10 policemen have been killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said.
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Four die as military helicopter crashes

An Afghan military helicopter carrying weapons and ammunition burst into flames during an “emergency landing” in western Afghanistan, killing at least four people, including the pilot, officials said on Saturday.
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Two US citizens hurt in Dutch ‘terrorist’ knife attack

Dutch officials Saturday said a knife-wielding attacker who wounded two US citizens at Amsterdam Central Station a day before “had a terrorist motive”.
Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an ongoing attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province on April 21, 2017. AFP.FARSHAD USYAN - AFP

Taliban, Kabul government both claim embattled Afghan city

Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Saturday, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ghani orders resumption of anti-Taliban operations

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a formal end to his government's ceasefire with the Taliban and ordered security forces to resume operations against the group.

Taliban to continue fighting after refusing to extend ceasefire

"The ceasefire ends tonight and our operations will begin, inshallah," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Taliban bans fighters from public gatherings during Afghan ceasefire

The Taliban have banned their fighters from attending public gatherings, going into cities and meeting with the Afghan public, as well as officials and security forces, during the three-day ceasefire, according to a statement by the militants.

Gunmen kill 30 at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel

Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed 30 people and wounded many more.

Afghan Taliban claims deadly Kabul hotel siege

Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least five civilians killed and six wounded.

Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday.

NATO soldier, 3 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack

One NATO soldier and three civilians were killed and four injured in the suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Afghanistan in different days, Basir Mujahid, police spokesman in Kabul province, said on Friday.

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CDD: Vote buying, violence marred supplementary polls

The Centre for Democracy and Development’s (CDD) Election Analysis Centre (EAC) has said that despite repeated assurances from the authorities, Saturday’s supplementary elections in parts of the country were marred by attacks against journalists, observers and voters apart from widespread vote buying and selling.

Taraba elections: PDP wins Ussa supplementary poll

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