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UN lifts sanctions on notorious Afghan warlord

The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded "a global terrorist" and accused of widespread human rights abuses.

More US help for Afghanistan if needed, says Kabul

More US help for Afghanistan if needed, says Kabul

"President elect Trump emphasised that the US will continue to remain with the government and people of Afghanistan during his term," the statement said.

Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016, says UN

Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016, says UN

Tens of thousands of Afghans have sought asylum in Europe and other areas, but many have been forced to return home.
 

Pakistan hosts meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talks

Pakistan hosts meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talks

Pakistan on Wednesday hosted a new four-nation meeting aimed at reviving long-stalled direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents, officials said.

Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

The announcement is a blow to efforts by Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States to restart negotiations aimed at ending the Taliban's long and bloody insurgency in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan rejects reports of child soldiers in army

The Afghan government has dismissed reports of the presence of child soldiers in the security forces as baseless.

Afghan Taliban divided as talks between two factions fail

The Afghan Taliban may split into two factions, said a spokesman for one group on Saturday, because they cannot agree who should be leader following the death of their founder.