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Ashraf Ghani’s abrupt exit scuttled deal on power-sharing, Zalmay Khalilzad

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Former president Ashraf Ghani’s abrupt exit last month scuttled a deal under which the Taliban would hold off entering Kabul and negotiate a political transition, the US negotiator on Afghanistan said on Wednesday. In his first interview since the collapse of the 20-year Western-backed government, Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered a deal with the Taliban last year to withdraw US...

US in contact with Pakistan over Afghanistan issue, says State Dept

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US State Department Thursday said that Washington was in regular touch with Pakistan over Afghanistan’s issue. Addressing a media briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “We have been in regular touch with Pakistani counterparts as well as Pakistani leadership. We’ve discussed Afghanistan in some detail.” Responding to a question about US State Secretary Antony Blinken’s statement in which...

US tells Pakistan not to recognise Taliban govt till it gives rights to women

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The US has made it clear to Pakistan that it does not want Islamabad to recognise the Taliban government until it doesn't give women their due rights and allows Afghans who want to leave the country, to do so. In the first public hearing in Congress about Afghanistan since last month's collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, US Secretary...

Stanford professors urge US to end Trump-era programme looking for Chinese spies in academia

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A group of Stanford University professors has asked the Justice Department to stop looking for Chinese spies at US universities, joining an effort by human rights groups to end a Trump administration programme they said caused racial profiling and was terrorising some scientists. The "China Initiative" launched in late 2018 aimed to prevent US technology theft by China but...

Taliban make themselves at home in Abdul Rashid Dostum’s Kabul mansion

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Taliban have taken over the glitzy Kabul mansion of one of their fiercest enemies — the warlord and fugitive ex-vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum. Now in the hands of rank and file Taliban fighters, the opulent villa has given the austere group a peek into the lives of Afghanistan’s former rulers, and they say the luxury is the proceeds...

Biden again defends Afghanistan pullout on 9/11

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President Joe Biden, speaking unexpectedly during a visit to the Pennsylvania site of one of the 9/11 plane crashes, again defended the widely criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the US could not "invade" every country where Al-Qaeda is present. "Could Al-Qaeda come back (in Afghanistan)?" he asked in an exchange with reporters outside a Shanksville fire station. "Yeah. But...

20th anniversary: September 11 affected the entire nation

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The fear assaults of September 11, 2001 were based on the East Coast, yet its impact was felt in virtually all edges of the country. In front of Saturday’s commemoration, paper editors around the US are distributing amazing front pages with remarkable stories that catch how nearby networks are as yet wrestling with the misfortune 20 years after...

Biden and Xi discuss avoiding conflict in first phone call in 7 months

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US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes in their first talks in seven months on Thursday, discussing the need to avoid letting competition between the world's two largest economies veer into conflict. The US side said the "proof will be in the pudding" as to whether the stalemate can be broken with relations...

US says interim Taliban govt not reflective of what it had ‘hoped to see’

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The interim Taliban government does not reflect what the international community and the United States hoped to see, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a news conference Thursday. Earlier, this week, the Taliban announced the first members of a new "acting" government, three weeks after sweeping into full power with the takeover of Kabul, on August 15. The...

U.S. govt set to release plan to lower prescription drug prices

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The COVID-19 flare-up, which has overturned the U.S. economy thus far killed around 649,299 individuals in the nation, has caused restored to notice medical care costs. In August, President Biden said U.S. doctor prescribed medication costs were a few times higher than different countries on the planet, while asking legislators to order enactment to bring down drug costs. peruse more The...

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