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1 HOUR AGO - The Guardian

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The man with the toughest job in the world | Janine di Giovanni

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish diplomat, was enjoying a peaceful semi-retirement on the isle of Capri when he ...

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1 HOUR AGO - Associated Press

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Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.

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2 HOURS AGO - Reuters

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Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own.

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3 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Afghan Taliban say 'unaware' of peace talks, no comment on Mullah Omar

The Taliban Thursday rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar. Afghanistan on Wednesday said Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, in the first such official confirmation from Kabul after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise ...

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7 HOURS AGO - Los Angeles Times

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Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead, Afghan president says

As U.S.-backed forces closed in on southern Afghanistan in late 2001, the Taliban leader who lost an eye fighting the Soviet occupation and sheltered Al Qaeda militants as they plotted the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States decided not to stay and fight another invader.

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