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Exclusive: Taliban, Afghan negotiators set ground rules to safeguard peace talks - sources

Oct 06 2020

Taliban and Afghan government-backed negotiators have agreed on a broad code of conduct to advance the intra-Afghan peace talks in Qatar, even as key differences between the two warring sides remain, three official sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

EXCLUSIVE-Taliban, Afghan negotiators set ground rules to safeguard peace talks - sources

Oct 06 2020

Oct 6 Taliban and Afghan peace negotiators have agreed on a code of conduct to safeguard against the risk of any breakdown in talks that began last month in Qatar to bring an end to decades of war, three official sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The breakthrough was achieved with the help of U.S. officials, as the two sides drew up 19 ground rules that their negotiators should observe during talks, the sources said. While the talks have been taking place in Qatar's capital Doha, scores of Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes and suicide attacks in which dozens of civilians have also died in recent weeks.

EXCLUSIVE-Taliban, Afghan negotiators set ground rules to safeguard peace talks - sources

Oct 06 2020

Oct 6 Taliban and Afghan peace negotiators have agreed on a code of conduct to safeguard against the risk of any breakdown in talks that began last month in Qatar to bring an end to decades of war, three official sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The breakthrough was achieved with the help of U.S. officials, as the two sides drew up 19 ground rules that their negotiators should observe during talks, the sources said. While the talks have been taking place in Qatar's capital Doha, scores of Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes and suicide attacks in which dozens of civilians have also died in recent weeks.

India to hold election in Bihar despite surging coronavirus cases

Sep 25 2020

MUMBAI India announced local elections involving millions of voters in a densely packed state even as it reported 86,052 new infections of coronavirus on Friday and remained set to overtake the United States by next month as the world's worst-affected nation.

Tibetan soldier's death near tense India-China border sheds light on covert unit

Sep 03 2020

MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI The death of a Tibetan member of an Indian special forces unit in a mine blast near the site of a border flare-up with Chinese troops has offered a rare glimpse into a little-known group of elite, high-altitude warriors.

Leader of India's opposition Congress holds on after dissent letter

Aug 24 2020

NEW DELHI India's main opposition Congress party on Monday rejected a request from its leader, Sonia Gandhi, that she be allowed to step down, after a rare challenge to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has dominated the party for seven decades.

India's opposition Congress to meet after letter seeking leadership changes

Aug 24 2020

NEW DELHI, Aug 24 India's main opposition Congress Party called a meeting of its highest decision-making body on Monday, following a letter from almost two dozen top leaders seeking changes to the way the party is run.

Three dead in attack on Afghan jail, scores of prisoners flee

Aug 02 2020

JALALABAD/KABUL An attack claimed by Islamic State on a jail compound in the Afghan city of Jalalabad killed at least three people and injured dozens, triggering heavy fighting in which scores of prisoners escaped, an official said.

Exclusive: U.S. proposes house arrest for 'most dreaded' Taliban prisoners, to end stalemate

Jul 31 2020

MUMBAI/ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON The United States has proposed that hundreds of Taliban prisoners be transferred to house arrest in a supervised facility when they are freed from Afghan jails, three senior official sources said, a proposed solution for a deadlock that is holding up peace talks.

Indian soldiers unarmed and caught by surprise in China clash, families say

Jul 05 2020

NEW DELHI Indian soldiers who died in close combat with Chinese troops last month were unarmed and surrounded by a larger force on a steep ridge, Indian government sources, two soldiers deployed in the area and families of the fallen men said.

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