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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.

'Serious steps' against Taliban on Afghan talks agenda (17.05.2016)

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...

Afghan president blasts Taliban "slaves", says little time left for peace (25.04.2016)

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 pulls back troops from Kyrgyz-Uzbek border (26.03.2016)

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.

Kazakh president's party wins 82 percent of vote in parliamentary elections (24.03.2016)

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 turns to Russia-led security body over incident with Uzbekistan (22.03.2016)

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...

OSCE: Kazakh vote falls short of democratic standards (21.03.2016)

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.

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan (16.03.2016)

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.

NATO sends general to troubled Afghan south (16.03.2016)

The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan has sent a one-star general to lead foreign troops in embattled Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday, a rare move that signals foreign forces' deepening involvement in the war with the Taliban.