Associated Press/Photo by Robert Burns

Taliban tango

International | Islamist group dances around peace while still making war
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/19, 03:06 pm

While the Taliban orchestrates staged peace talks around the globe, confusion reigns in Afghanistan over how the country will function if and when U.S. troops leave.

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Associated Press/Photo by B.K. Bangash

A ‘positive development’ in Pakistan

International | Asia Bibi decision proves religious freedom protections are possible in the country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/30/19, 09:48 am

PAKISTAN: Christian mother Asia Bibi—held for nine years—is free to go after the Supreme Court upheld its acquittal from the death penalty conviction for blasphemy against Islam. Bibi, who watched from a secret location as the decision was announced, is expected to join her daughters in exile in Canada.

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U.S. reports progress in Taliban talks

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/29/19, 10:40 am

Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban have reached “agreements in principle” for a peace deal that could end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said. He announced the draft agreement Monday following six days of talks last week with the Taliban in Qatar. U.S. conditions for a peace deal included Taliban guarantees that Afghan territory would not be used as a “platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.”

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