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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was returning approximately $100 million intended for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and would withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance to the country, citing corruption and lack of transparency.

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Taliban are mainly responsible for any setback in Afghan peace process, Afghan president's spokesman said on Thursday.

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called on the government to postpone election and focus on peace.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan late on Wednesday, urging him to cooperate in reducing violence during Afghan presidential election due to be held next week.

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At least 15 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province on Thursday, officials said.

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Talks between the United States and the Taliban are likely to restart, Afghan foreign ministry's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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The United States on Tuesday condemned recent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan as "blatant disregard" for people and institutions of the country.

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A suicide bombing struck a government building in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, officials said.

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The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a UN political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no mention of Beijing's global Belt and Road infrastructure project in the resolution.

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A female journalist from Afghanistan will receive the Per Anger Prize, a Swedish award for human rights.

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