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Afghanistan and the Taliban hail progress in talks

International | Uncertainty remains over the insurgent group’s commitment to peace
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/16/19, 05:57 pm

A group of delegates from the Afghan government and the Taliban last week approved a “roadmap for peace” during a conference on ending the 18-year civil war. The meeting produced one of the most detailed peace plans yet, but uncertainty remains over the absence of a cease-fire agreement and the Taliban’s commitment to the discussions.

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Syrian refugee accused of church bomb plot

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/20/19, 12:50 pm

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS) and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive device or weapon of mass destruction. “Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation,” said John Demers, assistant U.S. attorney general for national security.

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Sri Lanka bans face coverings, tightens security

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/29/19, 10:44 am

An emergency law went into effect in Sri Lanka on Monday banning all forms of face coverings. The law was enacted as a security measure following church attacks on Easter and more bombings over the weekend. President Maithripala Sirisena’s order prevents Muslim women from veiling their faces. Officials continue to hunt for militants linked to the Easter Sunday suicide bombings at churches and hotels that killed 250 people.

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