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Kabul lists 250 for peace talks, including 52 women

Kabul lists 250 for peace talks, including 52 women

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April 16 (UPI) -- The Afghan government announced a list Tuesday of 250 people, including 52 women, to head to Qatar as delegates for peace talks with the Taliban this weekend. The delegation will head to a conference known as "intra-Afghan" dialogue in Qatar's capital, Doha, which starts on Saturday and lasts for two days. The Taliban have refused direct talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government and said it would only recognize participants as "ordinary" Afghans. Critics say the list of delegates is not inclusive enough. The government introduced 150 delegates and political parties and movements introduced 90 delegates. Former jihadi leaders and former senior officials of government, including Ismail Khan, Atta Mohammad Noor and Mohammad Yunus Qanooni are also included on t...
USFK chief: American troop presence in South Korea not related to end-of-war declaration or peace treaty

USFK chief: American troop presence in South Korea not related to end-of-war declaration or peace treaty

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SEOUL, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Robert Abrams reaffirmed Friday that the issue of the American troop presence in South Korea is not related to any potential declaration of an end to the Korean War or a peace treaty with North Korea. His remarks came amid controversy over his congressional statement this week, which was seen as signaling the possibility of the U.S. troop withdrawal -- or drawdown -- in the event that a peace treaty is signed with Pyongyang. "USFK's presence remains a matter of the ironclad ROK-U.S. alliance and is not related to any potential declaration of an end to the Korea War or peace treaty," Abrams said in a press release. ROK stands for South Korea's official name, Republic of Korea. "The United States and Republic of Korea firmly agree on ...
South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn't return

South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn't return

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South Sudan's government is spending millions of dollars next week to celebrate a "final final" peace deal to end a five-year civil war. One problem: The rebel leader who agreed to share power is reluctant to come home. Riek Machar's hesitation amid security concerns is the latest sign that one of Africa's deadliest conflicts might be merely on pause. Worried observers can list several more: Key implementation deadlines have not been met. Cease-fire violations continue amid shocking abuses. And detainees who should have been freed remain behind bars. "There's been no indication that the peace deal's been working," said Denay J. Chagor, chairman of South Sudan's United Movement opposition party, who helped negotiate the peace talks. He told The Associated Press it looks unlikely that Mach...
United States and Taliban dialogue on Afghan peace

United States and Taliban dialogue on Afghan peace

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Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat met with Taliban representatives to negotiate a peaceful end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan, a Taliban statement said Saturday. The meeting Friday in the Qatar political office between Afghan-American diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, who heads the U.S. mission for Afghanistan's peace, and representatives of the Taliban, was the second meeting of a top U.S. official with the Taliban in less than three months. The Trump administration told its top diplomats in mid-July to seek direct talks with the Taliban. Diplomats have referred to the direct contact with the Taliban as "talks before talks" that could lead to more direct negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the New York Times reported. The Taliban statement said six of its representati...
Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

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The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. Ms Murad is a Yazidi woman who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.Mr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.Some 331 individuals and organisations were nominated for the prestigious peace award this year. The winners announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday won the award for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war", Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said.The pair both made a "crucial contribution to focusing attention...