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Taliban demands release of its cadres, removal of names of leaders from UN blacklist

Updated: Oct 20, 2016 15:51 IST      
Taliban demands release of its cadres, removal of names of leaders from UN blacklist

Kabul [ Afghanistan], Oct. 20 (ANI): The Taliban delegation has reportedly demanded the release of its cadres and removal of the group's leaders from the United Nations blacklist during informal talks held in Qatar.

The group also demanded that the Taliban group should be identified as a formal movement before they agree to participate in peace talks, reports the Khaama Press.

The Afghan Taliban officials, based in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said that the talks yielded little results, adding that the U.S. officials were part of the process, although they did not specify whether they were directly involved in the talks.

Afghan and U.S. officials demanded that the Taliban declared a ceasefire, laid down arms and started formal peace talks, said the UAE-based official.

"Like our previous meetings, it was a waste of time and resources, as we could not achieve anything from the meeting," said the UAE-based official.

This comes as the Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid rejected that the group's delegation participated in informal talks with the Afghan government delegation in Qatar, calling the report by the Guardian as baseless.

Mujahid further added that the group remains firm on its conditions to participate in peace talks only if the government agrees to the exit of all foreign troops from the country and the establishment of a strict Islamic system. (ANI)

Manchester attack: One arrested as terror raids continue

Updated: May 23, 2017 20:23 IST     

New York [U.S.], May 23 (ANI): The Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Manchester Arena bomb attack on Tuesday even as Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening cowardice" of the perpetrator.

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Manila [The Philippines], May 23 (ANI) :Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday made it clear that Manila does not have the cruise missile to hit China, and therefore, is focused on developing cooperation with China, ASEAN and Russia.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): German Ambassador to India Martin Ney while condemning the Manchester Arena terror attack in England, assured that Berlin stands united with its allies to fight the menace of terrorism.

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Taliban kills 11 Afghan soldiers in attack on military base

Updated: May 23, 2017 14:14 IST     

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London [UK], May 23 (ANI): The Manchester Police confirmed on Tuesday that a lone male suicide bomber was behind the explosion that killed at least 22 people, including children, during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

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Manchester blast: Indian High Commission opens helpline

Updated: May 23, 2017 12:06 IST     

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Trump in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president

Updated: May 23, 2017 11:47 IST     

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Passenger wearing 'Trump hat' kicked off UA flight

Updated: May 23, 2017 11:37 IST     

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Peshawar [Pakistan], May 23 (ANI): The assembly in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has unanimously passed a joint resolution demanding the immediate hanging of former Indian naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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First hearing begins for ousted South Korean President

Updated: May 23, 2017 11:24 IST     

Seoul [South Korea], May 23 (ANI): A Seoul court on Tuesday began the trial of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye over a string of corruption allegations involving her longtime friend and former aides.

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Pak Senate panel demand death penalty for ex-TTP spokesperson

Updated: May 23, 2017 10:59 IST     

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Third maritime patrol ship inducted for security of CPEC

Updated: May 23, 2017 10:14 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): According to unconfirmed reports, an unknown twitter account of a possible Islamic State sympathizer sported a tweet about the Manchester Arena in England, hours before the explosion rocked pop star Ariana Grande's concert.

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