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Putin, Biden meet in Geneva, agree to ambassadors’ return

In a positive conference on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden agreed to restore their ambassadors to their posts and begin negotiations to replace the final remaining nuclear weapons treaty between the two countries. Putin said that there was no antagonism during the meetings, which ended earlier than scheduled. The two …

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EU envoy predicts a surge in Afghan violence

  Tomas Niklasson, the European Union’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, warned on Wednesday of an uptick in violence in Afghanistan and emphasised the need of the warring parties making progress in their Doha talks.“We could, unfortunately, see an increased level of violence over the next few weeks and months,” Mr Niklasson said while talking to …

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Saudi Arabia executes man arrested for protesting as a teenager

Mustafa Darwish, 26, was executed, according to his family, because of an image found on his phone during a crackdown on anti-government protestors in 2015. Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announced on Tuesday that Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish, who was 17 when he was convicted of participating in anti-government rallies in the Eastern Province, has been executed. …

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UN prepares for more displaced Afghans after troop withdrawal

After US and foreign troops leave Afghanistan in September, UN refugee director Filippo Grandi said on Monday that the UN is prepared for a possible increased displacement of civilians. As international soldiers prepare to withdraw, violence has increased, and efforts to broker a peace deal between the Afghan government and the rebel Taliban have stagnated. …

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Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Israel’s air attacks on Gaza are the first since a tenuous ceasefire with Hamas last month ended 11 days of violence. Israel has launched air raids on the Gaza Strip after Israel claims Palestinian groups in in the besieged enclave sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. The strikes, which took place early Wednesday, were the …

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The new Israeli government gives its OK to a right-wing march through Jerusalem

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh describes the planned march as ‘a provocation of our people’. Decision comes hours after Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Israel’s new government has allowed a controversial march by far-right nationalists and pro-settler groups through occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, a move that might exacerbate tensions …

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Pakistan, Russia agree to collaborate for an Afghan settlement

Pakistan and Russia agreed on Monday to keep working together to find a diplomatic solution to the Afghan crisis. In a phone conversation, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov agreed to cooperate closely for an early negotiated political settlement of the Afghan issue, according to the Foreign Office. Mr. Lavrov …

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The Israeli parliament has approved a new coalition government, thereby ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year reign. Israel’s parliament endorsed a new coalition government formed by right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett on Sunday, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year reign as prime minister. Bennett was inaugurated in as prime minister after the Knesset accepted the new coalition government …

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Erdogan offers to assist the US to stabilize Afghanistan

Turkish Presi­dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will be the ‘only reliable’ country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the United States pulls out its troops. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the eve of his first face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden that after the US pulls out its troops from the …

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