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Afghan peace envoy and Taliban representative held secret talks with former Taliban officials in China last week, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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At least five policemen were killed as militants attacked their checkpoints in southern Helmand province overnight, police said Sunday.

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India has reacted to intelligence memorandum of understanding between Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying it is based on wrong assumptions.

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Masoom Stanikzai has been formally introduced to parliament for confirmation as defense minister, the Presidential Palace said in a statement Saturday.

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India is likely to back off one of its project plan in Afghanistan that is worth up to $10.8 billion on iron mining.

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A U.S. drone strike in eastern Kunar province has killed four militants, Afghan officials said Saturday.

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A bomb blast went off in southern Uruzgan province on Saturday morning, killing a governor for one of its districts, officials confirmed.

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Amid suspicions in Afghanistan against an intelligence sharing agreement with Pakistan, a meeting of elites was held Friday in presidential palace to discuss over the issue where the provisions of the agreement were seen as needing revision.

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The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced his third nominee for defense minister to spearhead the fight against Taliban insurgents after most foreign forces left at the end of last year.

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