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Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks

GENEVA: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed. The Afghan government, Western diplomats and United Nations officials have in recent weeks raised hopes of finally reaching a deal to end the Taliban's 17-year insurgency. Such optimism has been tempered by continuing attacks, including a massive blast outside a British security company's…

Trump says he wants two-state solution for Middle East conflict

UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wanted a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the clearest expression yet of his administration’s support for such an outcome. The Trump administration has said in the past it would support a two-state solution if both sides agreed to it. Trump also said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly he wanted to unveil a peace plan in the next two to three months. “I like a…

Climate change aggravates global hunger: UN

PARIS: Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said on Friday, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts.  The slowdown in global growth in recent years, which led to a collapse in the prices of numerous commodities, also had a negative impact on the ability of people in many countries to feed themselves, it said. Some 815 million people, or 11 percent of the world's population, were chronically undernourished in 2016, according to…