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SEOUL (Reuters): South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will visit officials in Washington on Thursday (June 18) amid flaring tensions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatened military action.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it had rejected a South Korean offer to send special envoys to ease escalating tension over defiance by North Korean defectors and stalled reconciliation efforts, and it vowed to redeploy troops to border areas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.-Taliban troop withdrawal pact: nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan government's ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called on the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to cooperate to bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks on a hospital and a funeral that killed dozens of people, including two newborn babies.
YANGON: Myanmar military has declared a nearly four-month ceasefire period to help fight against the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The ceasefire will be applied to the areas except for those where armed organisations named as terrorists by the government are based.
KABUL/MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown, according to data seen by Reuters.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Tuesday recalled the insurgent group's negotiators from Afghanistan hours after they suspended talks on a prisoner exchange process with the Afghan government, a spokesman for the hardline Islamist group said in a tweet.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government freed 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group's suspension of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to formal talks to end years of war.
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Taliban on Tuesday recalled the group's negotiators from Kabul hours after they suspended talks on a prisoner exchange process with the Afghan government, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist group said in a tweet.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad said on Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic adds urgency to prisoner releases agreed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government and the Taliban and that they should begin "as soon as possible."