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Arg to Taliban: Stop making excuses, introduce your negotiating envoy

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(Last Updated On: March 29, 2020)

The Afghan presidential palace wants the Taliban to stop making excuses and introduce its negotiating envoy for the intra-Afghan peace dialogue.

After the Taliban criticized the formation of the Afghan government’s negotiating team of intra-Afghan dialogue, saying it will not talk to the team which is not all-inclusive, the Afghan presidential palace blames the Taliban for beating around the bush.

Presidential Advisor Waheed Omer says, “What we want of the Taliban is not to make excuses. That is, it will talk to a team that is inclusive of all levels of Afghanistan – something which is not their business… If it comes to excuses, we can also judge the formation of the team formed by the Taliban.”

The government says that its negotiating team of 21 is an inclusive one, it is final and no changes will be made to it.

Najia Anweri, the spokesperson to the state ministry of peace, says, “The negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as it is said in the press release, has been formed after consulting with the well-known figures of Afghanistan. It is a strong one. To decide the inclusivity of the team is the business of none other than the government.”

In the meantime, some political movements and groups favorable to Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah say that they have not been consulted regarding the formation of the negotiating team. According to some sources, these political movements want Hamid Karzai to lead the team.

Gul Rahman, a former judge at the monitoring commission of the constitution enforcement, said, “The negotiating team is not inclusive and accountable. It should be led by a man of good character and background.”

Moreover, it seems like the prisoner releases, which is a precondition to the intra-Afghan dialogue, has been facing challenges again.

Also, a Taliban team was supposed to visit Kabul to talk over the prisoner releases; however, the visit, for some reason, has been delayed.

Advisor Waheed Omer says that the release of the prisoners all at once will not be plausible and “the prisoner release will be conditional of the intra-Afghan talks.”

Meanwhile, Roland Kobia, European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan, has criticized the Taliban’s stance tweeting, “In war, like in peace, you don’t get to choose your opponent. If you want a say in the composition of the other Negotiating Team, fine but then you should accept they have a say in yours too, to check if it is fully representative of your society. Where are the women for example?”

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Leading tennis player charged with assaulting ex-wife

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

Nikoloz Basilashvili, a leading tennis player has been sued by his ex-wife for assault, CNN reports.

A statement from the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia indicates that Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is ranked No. 27 in the world, was charged with violence against Neli Dorokashvili.

Although an investigation into the criminal case is ongoing, Basilashvili was released on a bail of $31,300 and is due to return to court on July 16 for the next hearing.

In a statement on Basilashvili’s Facebook page posted after he posted bail, his legal representatives said the allegations are “false and totally unsubstantiated.”

The couple, who have a five-year-old son together, divorced last year.

His lawyers have said, “We would like to ensure Nikoloz Basilashvili’s fans that video footage already submitted to the court evidences our client’s position and fully discharges him from the abovementioned untrue allegations.”

On the other hand, Dorokashvili’s lawyer says there is evidence to support her claims, noting “There are people who are witness to their relationship. There are some video records and audio records. There also some transcripts, there are dialogues of phone text messages and so forth.”

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Twitter disabled Trump’s video tribute to Floyd for copyright reasons

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform.

On a copyright complaint, Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, news agencies report.

A Twitter representative has said, “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,”

The clip is said to be a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, with Trump’s voiceover.

The three-minute 45-second video is still on YouTube, with over 60,000 views and 13,000 likes – it was tweeted by Trump’s campaign on June 3.

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Afghanistan records highest Coronavirus death toll in single day

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Nine people have died of Coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said that three people in Balkh, two in Herat, two in Samangan, and two others in Kunduz lost life after suffering COVID-19.

According to the statement, 915 people were tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The cases were registered as follow: 423 in Kabul, 201 in Herat, 116 in Balkh, 29 in Kunduz, 23 in Kunar, 21 in Kandahar, 21 in Farah, 21 in Sar-e-Pul, 20 in Helmand, 15 in Samangan, 11 in Paktia, 7 in Nangarhar, 4 in Maidan Wardak, and three in Laghman, the statement said.

It brings the total affected people to 18,969 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 178 people have recovered and fully discharged from the hospitals, bringing the total recoveries to 1,763, the ministry added.

So far, 309 people have died of the virus since its first case was detected in western Herat province.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health stated that the decision to fight the Coronavirus is in the hands of the people – any negligence could lead to a serious humanitarian crisis.

In addition, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that the country is in the worst condition in the fight against the Coronavirus. He also has said that some of his family members and colleagues have been infected by the virus, urging people to abide by the health guidelines and measures.

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