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(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said, the latest signal to the Taliban that the United States is serious about talks to end its longest war.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is not reviewing Blackwater Founder Erik Prince plan to privatize Afghanistan war.

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Afghanistan's national security adviser has called on the Russian government to put pressure on the Taliban to enter into peace talks.

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Representatives of the Taliban will attend a multinational conference on Afghanistan that will be held in Russia early next month, Moscow said Tuesday.

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Pakistan's new foreign minister, Shah Mahmood, Qureshi, on Monday spoke of his intention to visit Kabul with a "positive message."

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Throw curse and stones at Taliban fighters roaming the streets in cities during possible ceasefire, members of Afghanistan Green Trend party urged citizens in a demonstration in Kabul on Monday.

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The United States has welcomed Afghan government's offer of another ceasefire with the Taliban, urging the movement to reciprocate.

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Taliban insurgents stopped three buses and abducted passengers in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz on Monday, an official said.

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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a conditional ceasefire starting from tomorrow Monday.

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President Ashraf Ghani is seeking to allow disqualified candidates to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, a source told 1TV.

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