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U.S.-Taliban peace deal hits snag

by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/02/20, 10:46 am

Celebrations over the peace deal the United States and the Taliban signed on Saturday did not last long. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not free 5,000 Taliban prisoners, a key component of the agreement, before power-sharing talks between the rival factions begin on March 10.

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U.S., Taliban sign peace deal

by Mickey McLean
Posted 2/29/20, 12:27 pm

America’s longest war appears to be coming to an end. The United States on Saturday signed a peace agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan that began after 9/11. As part of the deal, the United States plans to withdraw all 13,000 of its troops in the next 14 months. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are set to begin by March 10, where they plan to negotiate a permanent cease-fire.

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Entropy in action

News analysis | A fortnight of disorder in weather, politics, and world health
by Leah Hickman
Posted 2/27/20, 02:55 pm

According to the adage known as Murphy’s Law, “If something can go wrong, it will.” It’s the concept of entropy applied to the universe, a reminder that things tend toward disorder. In an opening scene of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Interstellar, though, Matthew McConaughey’s science-minded character reassures his daughter Murphy that she’s not named after something bad. “Murphy’s law doesn’t mean something bad will happen,” he says. “What it means is that what can happen will happen, and that sounds just fine to us.”

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