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Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha, Apr 19: Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan’s gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed. The so-called intra-Afghan dialogue, due to take place in Doha this weekend, fell apart at the last minute in a row over […]

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Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Kabul: A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar’s Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the organisation sponsoring the talks, tweeted news of the postponement on […]

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UNSC urges Taliban to call off spring offensive

UNSC urges Taliban to call off spring offensive

WASHINGTON, Apr 18 :  The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the Taliban’s spring offensive, saying the move will “only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”. The Taliban launched their annual offensive on the battlefield on April 12, days before the scheduled resumption of talks in Doha, Qatar. If the […]

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South Africa name 15-man squad, Hashim Amla included

South Africa name 15-man squad, Hashim Amla included

JOHANNESBURG: Veteran batsman Hashim Amla was on Thursday named in South Africa´s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. Amla, 36, will be playing in his third World Cup despite a poor run of recent form. He was selected ahead of opening batsman Reeza Hendricks, who played in 18 consecutive one-day […]

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Sri Lanka announce World Cup 2019 squad

Sri Lanka announce World Cup 2019 squad

COLOMBO: Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Jeevan Mendis made remarkable comebacks as Sri Lanka announced their 15-strong squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday, 18 April. Siriwardana and Vandersay last played one-day internationals in October 2017, while Jeevan Mendis’ previous appearance in the format came in the 2015 World Cup match […]

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North Korea demands Pompeo’s removal from US nuclear talks

North Korea demands Pompeo’s removal from US nuclear talks

Seoul, Apr 18 :  North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear programme, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon. Describing Pompeo as “reckless” and immature, the foreign ministry said it wanted him replaced by another […]

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Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Jakarta, Apr 18 : Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy. National Police Chief Tito Karnavian said Wednesday’s “smooth and safe” polls would not be disrupted by demonstrations, and warned of arrests. […]

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Djokovic into quarters as Medvedev topples Tsitsipas

Djokovic into quarters as Medvedev topples Tsitsipas

Monte Carlo: Top seed Novak Djokovic continued his win streak against US players as he reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Taylor Fritz on Thursday. Two-time tournament champion Djokovic has now won nine in a row over US players since losing at Wimbledon 2016 to Sam Querrey. […]

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Iran’s Rouhani urges Mideast states to “drive back Zionism”

Iran’s Rouhani urges Mideast states to “drive back Zionism”

Tehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to “drive back Zionism”, saying Israel and its US ally were the root causes of the region’s problems. “The region’s nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem… If there is a problem, it is caused by others,” […]

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Netanyahu expected to receive formal nod Wednesday to remain PM

Netanyahu expected to receive formal nod Wednesday to remain PM

Jerusalem, Apr 16 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to receive formal backing to remain premier for a fifth term Wednesday, but tough negotiations to form a coalition government await following last week’s elections. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin must choose who will form the next government and is expected to pick Netanyahu to do […]

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