The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the international community must remain united in urging North Korea to return to nuclear talks and in continuing to apply pressure on its nuclear and missile programs.
Washington is reducing aid and is prepared to cut a similar amount in 2021 because of the ongoing feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China first told the US of the novel coronavirus outbreak on January 3, with the State Department alerting Americans in Wuhan on January 15.
If a partial truce slated for Saturday kicks in, it will mark a historic step in more than 18 years of gruelling conflict in Afghanistan and pave the way for a deal that could ultimately end the war.
Afghan defence ministry says an air strike killed a senior Taliban commander in Balkh province. A Taliban spokesman says the insurgents had killed six Afghan military personnel in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunduz province.
Democrats charged aggressively into an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, ordering Secretary of State to turn over Ukraine-related documents and scheduling testimony for witnesses to alleged abuse of power by the US leader.
The Trump administration's campaign against Iran is flying too close to the sun and the UAE sees war as an outcome they don't want, and can't afford.
It’s no longer matters whether Iran carried out the tanker attacks or not. The result is that it has given Tehran an advantage, compounded by the downing of the drone, which Trump did not calculate.
Donald Trump and John Bolton are on different tracks when it comes to foreign policy, and that is particularly problematic when the US is beating the drums of war.
The Saudis and Emiratis have the ear of the US president and are likely pushing for a confrontation with Iran - but they might end up disappointed as the 'America First' president does not have an appetite for war.
In an interview with TRT World, Middle East expert Joe Macaron says Donald Trump's bullying tactics against Lebanon, including sanctioning its politicians, could have a negative impact on US leverage and priorities in the Muslim-majority country.
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