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Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks        SC collegium transfers high court judges        Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn        Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails        Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles        Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ        Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported        Taylor surpasses Fleming becomes highest ODI scorer for NZ        ICC keeping a close watch on India-Pakistan situation ahead of WC        Vivo unveils V15Pro with Industry-first 32 MP pop-up selfie camera        Tripura gets Rs 85 crore Mega Food Park        India, Saudi Arabia ink MoUs for cooperation in tourism, broadcasting        Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports        Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency        Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year        Pakistan shooters not taking part in New Delhi World Cup        Pulwama attack masterminded by Jaish, ISI: corps commander        Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''        Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree        RBI pays Rs 28,000 cr interim dividend to govt ahead of elections        
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International News
Pompeo tells Ghani Intra-Afghan dialogue needed to finalize deal with Taliban: State Dept
 
Washington, Feb 6 (Sputnik) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a phone conversation told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that intra-Afghan negotiations were critical to reaching a ceasefire and a lasting peace settlement with the Taliban, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press release.

Last week, State Department envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told the New York Times US and Taliban officials, during talks in Qatar, reached a "framework" agreement that calls for the United States to withdraw troops in exchange for assurances the insurgents will not allow Afghanistan to act as a platform for terrorist attacks against the West.

"The Secretary? emphasized the importance of an intra-Afghan dialogue and the role of a ceasefire in ending the violence and creating the conditions for the Afghan government, other Afghan leaders and the Taliban to sit together and negotiate a political settlement," Palladio said on Tuesday. Pompeo also reaffirmed the US commitment to achieving a lasting peace in Afghanistan and underscored Khalilzad''s role in facilitating an inclusive peace process, the readout said.

Last week, Ghani in a statement questioned the Taliban''s legitimacy in response to the insurgents'' allegations that the government in Kabul is nothing more than a US puppet. Meanwhile, two days of intra-Afghan talks kicked off in Moscow on Tuesday.

During the conference, former Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said recent talks in Qatar between representatives of the United States and the Taliban movement do not take into account other parties that have a vested interest in the Afghan peace process. The conference, organized with the help of the Afghan diaspora, is not part of the Moscow format of Afghan settlement talks, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.


Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles
Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ
Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported
Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports
Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency
Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree
ICJ to hold public hearings in Kulbhushan Jadhav case from Monday amid fresh Indo-Pak tensions
India, Iran agree on close cooperation to fight terrorism
German high-speed train derails in Switzerland, no injuries
Pak school punished after students dance on Indian song, wave India''s flag
Five dead in gun attack in Mexican resort of Cancun
IS terrorists claim responsibility for attack on Egyptian troops in North Sinai
Around 50 people could be killed in mine shaft flood in Zimbabwe
Trump declares national emergency over border wall
Suspected gunman among five dead in Illinois factory shooting
Pak court grants bail to PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif
Russia says ready to mediate Venezuelan crisis
Nepal-India ties move upward, joint projects gain momentum: PM Oli By Shirish B Pradhan
Indian teenager who mistakenly crossed into Pakistan released
At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Maisie Williams to star in thriller 'The Owners'
 Los Angeles: "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams has boarded the cast of Julius Berg's thriller "  
Swara Bhasker turning producer
I want to do serious films now: Kartik Aaryan
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
KERALA NEWS
Fire breaks out in a QRS showroom
 Kottayam: A major fire broke out in QRS showroom at Thirunnakkara in Kottayam on Monday evening. On
Flash Hartal in Kerala: Stray incidents of violence reported
Thousands bid emotional farewell to CRPF jawan in Kerala
Religious practices should be respected: Smriti Irani
NATIONAL NEWS
Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks
 New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday increased India''s Haj quota by about 25,000, the third hike in
SC collegium transfers high court judges
Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''
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