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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that he had written to US President Donald Trump that an ex-Afghan soldier who killed three Australians in 2012 should not be released.

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US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday welcomed Afghan government's decision to release last 400 Taliban prisoners, hoping the process gets completed in the next few days.

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Afghan grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, on Sunday announced decision to free 400 hard-core Taliban prisoners to remove last hurdle to peace talks.

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At least seven people were killed after a car bomb and gun attack targeted a security forces base in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Saturday evening, officials said.

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Not to think about reconciliation with the Taliban and driving them away from Afghanistan early on was a bad policy, the country's acting foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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Four individuals, including head of a travel agency in Kabul, who allegedly duped people by promising them visas for Canada and European countries have been arrested.

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At least 10 Taliban militants were killed in two separate clashes in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Wednesday, officials said.

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Afghan government will implement any decision that the upcoming consultative Loya Jirga on the fate of 400 Taliban prisoners takes, head of the commission for holding the grand assembly said on Wednesday.

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The World Bank's board of directors on Tuesday approved $210 million in two grants to help cushion impact of COVID-19 on poor households and protect food security, the Bank said in a statement.

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As the Afghan government is set to convene Loya Jirga, or grand assembly of elders, on the fate of 400 Taliban prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before peace talks, Afghan parliament speaker on Tuesday said that holding the assembly is illegal.

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