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Afghans met Taliban leader in Pakistan jail: Afghan official KABUL: Afghan government representatives have met a key member of the Taliban held in a Pakistani jail, an official said on Monday a move that could signal fresh hope for peace talks to end the long war. The representatives visited Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a powerful Taliban military chief who has been described as the insurgents' second in command, and discussed peace negotiations with him, the official said. Baradar, whose 2010 arrest in Pakistan was blamed for sabotaging peace initiatives, is the most important Taliban leader held in prison and was known as a trusted aide to the militants' elusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. "Afghan government officials and members of Afghan embassy in Pakistan held secret talks with him (Baradar) in prison two months ago in Pakistan," Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, a member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council told AFP. "They talked to him about peace negotiations. "The Afghan government has also asked the Pakistani authorities ...

6.2 quake hits near Iran city: seismology centre  TEHRAN: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck on Saturday near the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, Tehran University's Seismological Centre said. Iranian news agencies made no immediate mention of casualties or damage, but reports were preliminary. The quake hit at 4:43 pm (1223 GMT) with an epicentre about 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Tabriz, at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), according to the Seismological Centre. The US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes ...
Three US soldiers killed on base by Afghan  KABUL: Three US soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan, in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces in the country during which six soldiers died in rogue attacks. The shooting took place on Friday night in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, not far from where three US special forces soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman and comrades earlier in the day. "Let me clearly say ...
KABUL: Seven international soldiers have been killed by their local colleagues in a bloody four days of violence in Afghanistan, further eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. Six died on Friday alone -- three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan policeman who invited them to a meal and three other troops were killed by an Afghan civilian employed on a NATO base, military and Afghan officials said. NATO has about 130,000 ...
13 dead as lightning strikes Bangladesh mosque DHAKA: At least 13 people were killed and 15 injured when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in Bangladesh as locals were holding special Ramadan prayers, police said Saturday. The Imam was among those killed when the powerful lightning bolt hit the flimsy tin and thatch building at Saraswatipur village in the northeast some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the capital Dhaka late on Friday. About 35 people from the village, which is in ...
British soldier killed in Afghanistan  LONDON: A British soldier has been killed while on patrol in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London said Friday. The soldier's death brought to 423 the number of British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001. Of these, at least 383 died as a result of hostile action. The soldier, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, died of injuries sustained from "enemy action" during a patrol in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province, ...
Man in Afghan uniform kills 3 US soldiers: military KABUL: Three American soldiers were killed on Friday when a man in an Afghan uniform turned his weapon against them, the US military said, the latest in a series of so-called green-on-blue attacks. "There was an incident this morning in which an individual in an Afghan uniform fired on US Forces Afghanistan services members in Sangin district of Helmand province. There were three US Forces Afghanistan fatalities," a spokeswoman said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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