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Berlin pledges funds for Kabul to reintegrate returned migrants (01.02.2016)

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has promised Afghanistan financial help to help reintegrate returned migrants. Speaking about the 850 German soldiers that remain in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, de Maiziere said they would remain “as long as necessary.”

Taliban sets out demands to take part in Afghan peace talks (24.01.2016)

The Islamist insurgents are demanding the release of an unnamed list of prisoners, to be removed from a UN blacklist freezing their assets and imposing a travel ban on its leaders, and to have a political office formally recognized.

Nazarbaev dissolves Kazakh parliament, sets date for early elections (20.01.2016)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has dissolved the parliament's lower chamber, the Mazhilis. Nazarbaev's press service said on January 20 that the president had set the early parliamentary elections for March 20.

Afghan election officials schedule parliamentary ballot for October 15 (18.01.2016)

Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, told journalists in Kabul on January 18 that the ballot would only be held on time if the government provided the necessary budget, security for candidates, electoral workers, and ballot boxes.

Powers aim to draw Taliban into Afghan peace talks (17.01.2016)

Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States hold talks on Monday aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to almost 15 years of war between U.S.-supported government forces and Taliban insurgents now firmly on the offensive.

Tajikistan early warning: internal pressures, external threats – ICG briefing (11.01.2016)

Tajikistan, Central Asia’s poorest state, is under dangerous pressure both internally and externally. President Emomali Rahmon’s 23-year rule is marred by violence, lack of accountability, corruption and mass migration.

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks (11.01.2016)

Key Afghan, Pakistani, Chinese and US officials have met for talks aimed at establishing a roadmap for peace between Afghanistan and the Taliban. … Delegates hope the talks, hosted by Pakistan, will help pave the way for negotiations with the Afghan Taliban. However, the Taliban, who are divided by...

Talks aimed at jump-starting Afghan peace set for January 11 (02.01.2016)

Afghanistan and Pakistan are renewing efforts to forge peace in the new year, scheduling a round of talks in Pakistan for January 11. The move comes amid renewed attacks in Kabul by the Taliban, which so far has shunned any new peace negotiations.

Despite intensification of violence, UN official reports progress in overall relief assistance (15.12.2015)

Amid rising levels of violence in Afghanistan that has now spread across a large part of the country, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative there, reported today overall progress in the ability to provide relief aid to those in need, as all parties to the conflict have shown an increase...

New UN report documents civilian harm, human rights concerns in Kunduz during temporary Taliban occupation (12.12.2015)

A special report was released today by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan and the UN rights office, which documented civilian harm and human rights concerns in Kunduz, Afghanistan from 28 September to 13 October 2015 – the period covering the Taliban's attack and temporary occupation of...