A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met one-on-one with the Taliban's lead negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
The struggle for peace in Afghanistan is complicated by international powers, as well as conflicts between and within various Afghan factions.
Afghanistan's Independence Day celebrations have been ripped apart by a series of attacks as Afghans face a concerted push from Daesh in the country.
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The terror group's leadership and fighters have been decimated, but as the US looks set to reach an accord with the Taliban, Daesh could become more violent as a means to prove its relevance.
The Turkish government says it started a new project in aid of Afghan migrants as it realises they face desperate conditions when they return to Afghanistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's comments come as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day and mourns at least 63 people killed in a bombing in Kabul claimed by a local Daesh-affiliate.
Expectations are high for a deal under which the United States would start withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war that has ground into a stalemate.
The blast occurred at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, in a part of the city that many in the minority Shia Hazara community call home.
Pakistani police said that a powerful bomb went off inside a mosque during Friday prayers on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least five worshippers and wounding dozens.
Washington-based Special Inspector-General for Afghan Reconstruction said in a report earlier this year that the country may not be ready for peace unless it finds a way to reintegrate Taliban fighters into society and combat "endemic corruption".
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