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The US diplomatic effort is focused on persuading the Taliban to settle for the release of 2,000 prisoners by the Afghan government and not wait for full swap before intra-Afghan talks, a former Pakistani envoy to the United Nations has said.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday launched a learning management system to be used by university students and teachers to exchange learning materials online amid coronavirus pandemic.

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Afghanistan's intelligence agency on Wednesday said that a joint Daesh and Haqqani network cell was eliminated in Kabul.

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed in February.

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There is a possible new power-sharing agreement coming out in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday.

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for a "thorough investigation" into "shocking" allegations that Iranian border guards beat and then forced a group of Afghan migrants into river, it has been reported.

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Sixteen Taliban militants were killed in an air raid by Afghan forces in northern Balkh province early on Tuesday, army said.

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In a letter, Afghan Women's Network has urged Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the mother of Qatari leader, to call on the Taliban to declare a temporary ceasefire for the remainder of Ramadan.

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Stefano Pontecorvo, Italy's former ambassador to Pakistan, has been appointed as NATO'S next senior civilian representative in Afghanistan.

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Four electricity workers were injured by bomb on Monday while they were repairing a pylon in Kabul that was damaged by bomb, Afghanistan's national power company said.

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