U.S. Looks to Build on Secret Portions of Taliban Deal to Reduce Violence

In the final weeks before the U.S. is set to withdraw from Afghanistan, officials are trying to negotiate with the insurgent group and stave off a Taliban spring offensive.

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Can Roger Federer Be Roger Federer Again?

He has 20 Grand Slam titles, but he is 39 and has not played competitively in more than a year. That changes this week in Qatar.

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What to Know as Troubled Afghan Peace Talks Enter a New Phase

The Afghan government and the Taliban are set to continue negotiations toward a cease-fire in early January, but several fundamental issues stand in the way of progress.

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Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

Afghan government and Taliban officials said they had finalized the terms to guide future talks, opening the door to a new phase of negotiations toward a long-term peace.

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A Responsible Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The Biden administration should support a regional effort to stabilize the country.

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Afghan Leader Digs In on Peace Talks Despite Progress, Officials Say

President Ashraf Ghani is holding up a tentative agreement on the talks’ framework, some officials say. His aides say no agreement was near.

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Qatar Charges Doha Airport Police Over Strip-Search of Female Passengers

Officials said they had identified the mother of a baby abandoned at the airport, and were seeking to extradite the women in order to charge her with attempted murder.

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Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban

The strikes on the Afghan capital, which killed at least five people, comes on the heels of an already bloody month for the city.

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String of Attacks Have People in Kabul Pointing a Finger, at the Government

The assaults not only highlight a city under siege, they have exposed a growing, and very public, discontent with an Afghan government unable to protect its people.

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Qatar ‘Regrets’ Airport Strip-Searches Over Abandoned Baby

Women were pulled from a Qatar Airways flight bound for Sydney, Australia, and subjected to strip-searches after a baby was found in an airport toilet.

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Australia Says Female Passengers on Qatar Flight Got Invasive Medical Exams

Women told officials they had been pulled from a Sydney-bound flight in Doha, strip-searched and examined to see if they had recently given birth after an abandoned newborn was found in an airport bathroom.

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Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

Finding common ground on the role of Islam is the most decisive task in the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

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Violent Attacks Plague Afghanistan as Peace Talks in Doha Slow

More than a dozen civilians are feared dead in an airstrike, as talks go on to finalize rules for negotiations.

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To Get to Afghan Talks, Lots of Last-Minute Deals — and Nose Swabs

Months of delays over issues as big as prisoner swaps and as small as haircuts, with extra coronavirus complications, made the Afghan flight to meet the Taliban no sure bet.

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Afghanistan Peace Talks to Open in Qatar, Seeking End to Decades of War

The Afghan government and the Taliban are finally coming to the table, after repeated delays. But the violence continues, and the challenges are vast.

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Afghan Peace Talks Begin This Week. Here’s What to Know.

The Afghan government and the Taliban are to meet on Saturday to open negotiations about power sharing after years of relentless war. The differences on major issues are vast.

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After 18 Years, Is This Afghan Peace, or Just a Way Out?

Afghanistan has gone from being the “good war” that the United States must win to the longstanding burden that, like the British, the Soviets and a series of others, it now seeks to unload.

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