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US Secretary of State welcomes negotiating team, prisoner release developments

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(Last Updated On: April 1, 2020)

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State said that the government’s negotiating team seemed to be inclusive and that all of the laterals had to come together to start the Intra-Afghan Talks.

Mike Pompeo underlined that the negotiating team formed by the Afghan government seemed to be inclusive, and the US was happy about it adding that they were witnessing developments in the prisoner release process.

Pompeo insists that all the laterals should come together to start the Intra-Afghan Talks.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General wants zero violation by the Taliban.

Jens says that Afghanistan is in a very crucial stage, and it is the time that the Taliban and all political parties do their role correctly for the talks to begin.

Jens said, “Taliban should end violations.”

On the other hand, the Taliban have not accepted the government’s negotiating team yet.

Jalaluddin Shinwari, the Taliban’s former attorney general, said, “The Taliban considered the team as there were various disagreements on it by the political parties and leaders.”

Hafizulrahman Nafi, a member of Hezb-e Islami, said, “There is no disagreement on the quality and quantity of the negotiating team.”

Arg says that the world has accepted the negotiating team, and the Taliban should know that the negotiating team is final.

The start of the Intra-Afghan talks depends on the prisoner releases of the five thousand Taliban and one thousand men of the Afghan government, which according to experts, might postpone the Talks for another four months.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque reopens to worshippers – Jerusalem

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

After over two months of lockdown for the Coronavirus, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been reopened, international news agencies.

The Council of Islamic Waqf, which oversees Muslim sites on the complex, said the restriction was lifted after the virus’ spread slowed down locally.

The council also imposed some precautionary measures to reduce the risk of contagion at Islam’s third-holiest site.

That is, worshippers must wear face masks and bring personal prayer rugs should they wish to pray in the mosque or on the grounds.

It worth mentioning that the Al-Aqsa Mosque which is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque was built on top of the Temple Mount, known as the Al Aqsa Compound or Haram-e-Sharif in Islam.

Celebrating the reopening, dozens of Muslims gathered in front of the large wooden doors, pronouncing, “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood.”

Reportedly, the resumption of prayers capped a somber period for Jerusalem’s Muslims, who this year marked the fasting month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday without their usual daily visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Angry protesters take to streets over police brutality – USA

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

Clashes between the police and the protesters over George Floyd’s death in police custody have been intensified, western news outlets report.

As demonstrations escalated in several US cities, protesters in Minneapolis met a more determined response from police officers and National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have activated National Guard troops to help quell the protests, some of which have turned violent.

Cities nationwide have also implemented curfews, but protesters appear undeterred.

It is noteworthy that Floyd died on Monday after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.

The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; however, the other officers have not been charged.

According to reports, protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have pledged to continue until all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, are charged.

In the meantime, the US President Donald Trump has ordered Pentagon to put military police on alert, saying they may be deployed to Minnesota.

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Children among 9 killed in Herat traffic accident

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At least nine people including children and women were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province, a local official confirmed.

The incident happened on Saturday night after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Kandahar highway in the Adraskan district of the province.

Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that three women, hour children, and two men were killed in the accident.

According to Farhad, all the victims were Kapisa’s residents.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads. 

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