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Candidates will begin registering Saturday for upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan, which is scheduled to be held on April 20 next year.

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Taliban's refusal to enter into negotiations with the Afghan government was a political setback for the group, Kabul said after its negotiators returned from the United Arab Emirates.

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Afghan peace talks held in the United Arab Emirates will yield "very positive results by the beginning of next year", Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States said on Thursday.

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In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump has ordered withdrawal of half of the country's troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, American officials reportedly said Thursday.

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US envoy for Afghanistan peace visited Pakistan on Wednesday after meeting with the Taliban in the United Arab Emirates.

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Afghanistan's attorney general has agreed to release Nizamuddin Qaisari, a powerful police commander in north, who was arrested in July.

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After two days of talks with the United States in Abu Dhabi, the Taliban on Wednesday said that its representatives discussed withdrawal of foreign troops, halting of airstrikes against civilians and release of prisoners.

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Taliban insurgents have damaged an electricity pylon after firing rocket at it in western Herat province, officials said Wednesday.

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Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission will see changes in the leadership of the body, a commissioner said Tuesday.

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Afghan commandos killed a key Taliban commander in eastern Paktika province last night, defense ministry said Tuesday.

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