A Taliban suicide car bomb attack triggered a clash between the government forces and insurgent group that killed 11 and wounded dozens in Afghanistan.
In a separate attack that went unclaimed, a roadside bombing in eastern Ghazni province killed at least three police officers, including a district police chief.
A recent US Department of Defense report indicates that the Taliban continues to hold relations with Al Qaeda, forcing the Trump administration to reconsider its deal with the powerful armed Afghan movement.
Reports that the Russians put out hits on US personnel in Afghanistan should be treated with caution.
Afghan government officials and Taliban militants are blaming each other for killing at least 23 people in Sangin district of southern Helmand province.
A report carried by the New York Times said the White House has yet to authorize any steps against Russia in response to the bounties.
At least nine students have been killed and six other students were wounded in the explosion in Ishkamish district of northern Takhar province, officials say.
The talks, known as the intra-Afghan dialogue, will be the first high-level meeting between Afghanistan government and Taliban after years of fighting.
Afghan officials blame Taliban for storming a checkpoint in Pasaband district of Ghor province. But the insurgent group hasn't claimed or denied responsibility for the raid.
Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says a bomb that had been planted inside the mosque exploded, wounding eight people. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate possible crimes committed between 2003 and 2014 including the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the CIA.
The US needs to re-examine its identity from scratch.
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