US President Trump appoints Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, for new role after firing his hawkish aide John Bolton.
There is more to the scuppering of peace talks between the Taliban and the US than just continued fighting between the two sides.
ICC prosecutor has previously sought to examine possible atrocities by the Taliban, Afghan government forces, and US forces, mostly between 2003-2004.
China had wielded its threat of veto, calling for the resolution to include a reference to President Xi's effort to reinvent the ancient Silk Road connecting Asia with Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.
A suicide bomb blast killed at least 26 people near President Ghani's campaign rally in Afghanistan's Parwan province, officials said. A blast in Kabul killed another 22 people.
Donald Trump has one less hawk in his administration, that much is certain. What is unclear is whether it means a less combative foreign policy with countries like Iran or Venezuela.
US President Donald Trump says he is considering five people to replace ousted national security advisor John Bolton, who, he says, was not aligned with his administration's priorities.
Donald Trump wanted to draw down American involvement around the world. John Bolton wanted America everywhere. That relationship is now over.
The insurgent group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says Washington will regret abandoning negotiations a day after President Donald Trump said talks with the group were "dead."
US President Donald Trump says peace talks with Taliban leaders are off and he was still thinking about a troop drawdown from Afghanistan.
The cancellation of the agreement between the US government and the Taliban has nothing to do with the loss of life.
US diplomats have been holding talks with Taliban representatives for months about a plan to withdraw thousands of American troops in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban.
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