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US-Taliban truce begins, raising hopes of peace deal

A week-long “reduction in violence” between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces took effect on Friday, raising hopes for a resolution to the 18-year-long war. The agreement struck during negotiations between US and Taliban representatives, if maintained, could secure a peace deal that would lead to a[…]

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‘Nowhere is safe’: UN warns of urgent danger of Syria escalation

‘Unfolding humanitarian catastrophe’ in Idlib as fighting approaches areas packed with civilians fleeing gov’t push.Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing a fierce government push are being squeezed into ever-smaller areas near Turkey’s border under horrendous conditions, including below-freezing temperatures that are killing babies and children, the United Nations humanitarian chief[…]

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