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U.S. tries to safeguard Afghan peace push from India-Pakistan crisis

U.S. tries to safeguard Afghan peace push from India-Pakistan crisisU.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been publicly focused on lowering tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals since a Feb. 14 suicide car bomb in an Indian-controlled area of Kashmir triggered the first Indian air strikes inside of Pakistan since a 1971 war. Senior U.S. officials told Reuters that as the United States spoke with senior Pakistani officials, emphasizing the need to lower the risk of conflict with India, Islamabad privately offered warnings on Afghanistan. Pakistani officials said their ability to support Afghan peace talks could be in jeopardy in the event of a full-blown crisis, U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.



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Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran KhanMore than 300,000 people have signed online petitions calling for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after he freed an Indian pilot in a bid to defuse tensions with his country’s arch-rival neighbour. The capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had become the focus of renewed hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals which have alarmed the international community. The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter on Thursday after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a “peace gesture”.



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As Trump lands in Hanoi, experts warn against hasty peace deal with North Korea

As Trump lands in Hanoi, experts warn against hasty peace deal with North KoreaTRUMP ARRIVES IN HANOI, TALKS WITH KIM TO BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY (1400 GMT) U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Kim arrived earlier in the day after a two and a half-day train journey from Pyongyang and through China, and then a 170-km (105-mile) road journey from the Vietnamese border to Hanoi. While there is no real expectation that the second meeting between the two will bring a final deal on ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons that threaten the United States, there are some hopes it could lead to a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is at last formally over.



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AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact

AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pactKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries.



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Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks

Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talksShanahan, making his first trip to Afghanistan in his new role, met U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Ghani’s government has been shut out of the peace talks between Taliban negotiators and U.S. envoys, with the hardline Islamist movement branding it a U.S. puppet. “It is important that the Afghan government is involved in discussions regarding Afghanistan,” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him on the previously unannounced trip.



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Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with TalibanWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative.



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The Latest: China says dialogue only way to Venezuela peace

The Latest: China says dialogue only way to Venezuela peaceCUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):



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US envoy in Taliban talks seeks peace deal before July vote

US envoy in Taliban talks seeks peace deal before July voteThe United States is hoping Afghanistan can strike a peace agreement including the Taliban before elections scheduled for July, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Friday. “It will be better for Afghanistan if we could get a peace agreement before the election, which is scheduled in July,” the negotiator said, adding that there remained “a lot of work” to do. Khalilzad, who is leading talks with the Taliban, was at the US Institute of Peace in Washington to discuss an ongoing push for a political settlement to the 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict.



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As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat

As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”



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Afghan president says he will oppose peace deal without his government

Afghan president says he will oppose peace deal without his governmentGhani’s government has so far been shut out of the evolving peace talks between Taliban negotiators and U.S. envoys to end more than 17 years of war, with the hardline Islamist movement branding his government as a U.S. puppet. “At the end of any peace deal, the decision-maker will be the government of Afghanistan,” Ghani told TOLO News, the country’s largest private television station. “No power in the country can dissolve the government,” he said, adding that he was ready to “stand and defend our country”.



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