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Key dates since the start of the 2001 war in Afghanistan and efforts to broker peace

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, a decision endorsed by President Ashraf Ghani, paving the way for peace talks between the government and the insurgents aimed at ending a 19-year war.


Spotlight: U.S. Fed to debate more economic stimulus amid COVID-19 resurgence

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to debate how to provide more stimulus to the coronavirus-ravaged economy at its two-day policy meeting starting Tuesday, but the central bank is unlikely to announce major policy changes this week despite a recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases, analysts said.


Mexican murders hit new high in first half of 2020

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Murders in Mexico edged up to a new record high in the first half of 2020, despite easing during the last few months, preliminary government data showed on Monday.


Germany introduces localised lockdowns to contain COVID-19 outbreaks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany took steps on Thursday to fine-tune its response to localised coronavirus outbreaks, introducing tighter restrictions on affected residents over smaller areas.