Top diplomats of Russia and Pakistan discuss Afghanistan, bilateral trade, and coronavirus vaccines in Islamabad.
Mediators in Moscow urge the Taliban not to launch a spring offensive as international efforts for a peace deal intensify ahead of a deadline for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.
Just six weeks before a deadline for the US to pull out troops that have been in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years, Washington sent a senior official for the first time to participate in regional peace talks convened by Russia.
Although the alliance put off making a decision on the fate of NATO's 9,600-strong support mission, they opted to expand a training mission in Iraq to "around 4,000" personnel.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
Visit comes as Taliban unleashes a wave of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, striking northern Baghlan and southern Uruzgan province.
Afghan government and Taliban sign a three-page document that lays out the rules and procedures for the negotiations, which are taking place in Qatar where the Taliban have long maintained a political office.
The lawmakers have met in the coastal town of Bouznika for talks that come ahead of a major meeting in Tunisia slated for November 9.
Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation that is overseeing Kabul's peace push, said after several small-group meetings in Doha, the issue had been resolved "to a large extent."
Azerbaijan and Armenia are accusing one another of firing directly into each other's territory and reject pressure to hold peace talks.
At least 14 civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in central Afghanistan, officials say.
The clashes came a day after the Taliban said they had killed 28 Afghan paramilitary policemen in Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan.
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