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Afghan government urges Taliban to join peace talks (26.05.2016)
An Afghan spokesman has called on the new Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada to join peace talks or face dire consequences, only hours after the armed group appointed him.
Taliban name lesser-known cleric as their new leader (25.05.2016)
[…] Breaking four days of silence after their previous leader was killed by an American drone strike, the Taliban announced that a lesser-known deputy of the group, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, a conservative cleric in his 50s, would take over and continue the group’s war against the Afghan...
Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar (18.05.2016)
Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul's peace efforts.
Action against the Taliban will be part of the agenda during the fifth round of Afghanistan peace talks that will take place in Pakistan on Wednesday, high-level Afghan sources say. The Taliban has repeatedly refused to take part in the negotiations and shows no signs of easing its ongoing spring...
President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan faced a terrorist enemy led by Taliban "slaves" in Pakistan in a sombre speech to parliament on Monday that nonetheless left the door open to resuming peace talks with parts of the Taliban.
Taliban announces 'spring offensive' (12.04.2016)
The Afghan Taliban has announced the start of its warm-weather fighting season, an annual declaration marking the launch of a violent summer.
Uzbekistan has pulled backed troops and military vehicles from a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, ending a weeklong standoff over the contested area.
Kazakhstan’s election authorities say President Nursultan Nazarbaev's Nur Otan party has won 82.15 percent of the vote in the March 20 parliamentary elections.
Kyrgyzstan initiated a special meeting of a Russia-led regional security body on Tuesday to address tensions with its bigger neighbour Uzbekistan after a group of Uzbek armoured vehicles and troops were deployed near their disputed border. The incident has not led to any violence, but underlined...
Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) say Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections have fallen short of its own commitments for democratic elections.