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Charlotte Greenfield

Huge attack shows Taliban strength at outset of talks

11:03am EST

KABUL With one of the deadliest attacks of Afghanistan's 17-year insurgency just hours before a new round of peace talks, the Taliban rammed home its message that it intends to agree any settlement from a position of strength on the battlefield.

As Taliban talks gather pace, Afghan women fear turning back clock

Jan 21 2019

KABUL Eighteen years ago, at the height of the Taliban's power in Afghanistan, Roshan Mashal secretly taught her daughters to read and write alongside a dozen local girls who smuggled school books to her house in potato sacks.

Squabble over venue latest hurdle in Taliban-U.S. peace talks

Jan 14 2019

KABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan, already beset by disagreement about the agenda, are facing a new hurdle over the venue for the talks.

UPDATE 1-Global dairy prices rise again at auction

Jan 02 2019

* Volume of product traded sinks 20 pct (Recasts, adds detail)

Krakatau volcano partial collapse triggered Indonesia tsunami: officials

Dec 24 2018

WELLINGTON A large chunk of a flank of the volcanic Anak Krakatau island slipped into the ocean and triggered a tsunami that hit Indonesian shores, killing hundreds of people, officials and scientists said on Monday.

Krakatau volcano partial collapse triggered Indonesia tsunami - officials

Dec 24 2018

WELLINGTON A large chunk of a flank of the volcanic Anak Krakatau island slipped into the ocean and triggered a tsunami that hit Indonesian shores, killing hundreds of people, officials and scientists said on Monday.

Krakatau volcano partial collapse triggered Indonesia tsunami - officials

Dec 24 2018

WELLINGTON A large chunk of a flank of the volcanic Anak Krakatau island slipped into the ocean and triggered a tsunami that hit Indonesian shores, killing hundreds of people, officials and scientists said on Monday.

Heard on the grapevine: How Pacific trade pact primes New Zealand wine for Japan buzz

Dec 19 2018

TOKYO/WELLINGTON From sleepy New Zealand hillsides to sleek Tokyo dining scenes, a bottle of Hawke's Bay wine shipped to Japan traces an arc that exporters like Nigel Avery see as an avenue for multi-million dollar growth built on a free trade pact.

UPDATE 1-Global dairy prices rise for second auction in a row

Dec 18 2018

* Prices have been falling since May amidst higher global supply (Recasts, adds analyst comment, market reaction)

UPDATE 3-NZ central bank proposes almost doubling bank capital requirements, kiwi dlr falls

Dec 13 2018

WELLINGTON, Dec 14 The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) said on Friday it was considering almost doubling the required capital banks would need to hold to bolster the financial system's capacity to handle any shocks, sending the currency lower. The RBNZ, which regulates the banking sector, said in a statement that the increase in capital for individual banks would depend on a number of factors but would generally be between 20 and 60 percent.

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