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Taliban Name Cleric as Chief Negotiator for Afghan Peace Talks

ISLAMABAD – Afghanistan’s warring factions are set to begin their first direct peace talks early next week in Qatar amid U.S.-led international calls for them to seize the “historic opportunity” to end the country’s long war. The U.S.-brokered dialogue, known...
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11 Die After Bangladesh Mosque Blast

Officials in Bangladesh said Saturday that at least 11 people have died following a blast likely caused by a leak in a gas pipeline at a mosque outside Dhaka during evening prayers Friday. The Dhaka Tribune reported that 26 people are...
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Taliban Says Its Team Is in Qatar for Afghan Peace Talks

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The Taliban’s negotiating team has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman said Saturday, in a sign that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan government are inching closer to starting. A date for the talks, to be hosted in...
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‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ OK’d to Leave Zoo for New Life

ISLAMABAD – An elephant who has become a cause celebre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his Pakistani zoo and transferred to better conditions, the animal welfare group helping with the case said Saturday....
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President of Turkmenistan welcomes participants of the children’s arts contest

“I sincerely congratulate you on your participation in the final round of the contest among gifted children “Garaşsyzlygyň merjen däneleri”, which is held at the state level as part of the competition for the award “Türkmeniň Altyn asyry”, says ...
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