Ashraf Ghabni. File
Ghani said the message of the five-day gathering was clear: “Afghans want peace” and offered a ceasefire, though he stressed it would not be unilateral. In the statement on Friday, the Taliban rejected a ceasefire, saying attacks will continue during Ramadan but said “fighters are very careful of civilians during any operation.”
A fresh round of talks between the US and the Taliban is to begin in Qatar, just days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept.1.
President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase unity at the four-day meeting — known as Loya Jirga — that brings together politicians, tribal elders and others.
A 14-year-old school girl died following "a cardiac arrest" during a dance session in a Karnataka village near the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), police said on Saturday.
The charismatic Prime Minister said his visit to the World Economic Forum was the “cheapest” one, thanks to two of his close friends, well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry, a Dubai-based multimillionaire, who paid for the trip.
Delta Air Lines was fined $50,000 on Friday by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes.
Maung Kyaw Zan, a national member of parliament for Buthidaung township in northern Rakhine state, said shells fired from a nearby battalion hit Kin Taung village in the middle of the night. Government troops have been battling ethnic rebels in the state for more than a year.