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Afghan intelligence struggles to thwart Kabul attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — Multiple explosions again shattered the morning calm of central Kabul Tuesday morning, in a brazen Taliban attack on the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the heart of the Afghan capital.

US-Taliban peace talks still uncertain

US and Afghanistan officials await word from the Taliban on possible future negotiations, after a diplomatic row last week over the militant group's new office in Qatar halted peace talks before they could begin. US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Monday there was still a chance to bring everyone to the table. However, a new date for talks has not been set and US special envoy James Dobbins has yet to meet with Taliban representatives.

US scrambles to get Afghanistan talks back on track

The United States is scrambling to get planned talks with Afghanistan back on track, after denying reports that it agreed to meet with the Taliban.

Middle East is an expanding swamp of quicksand of mostly lose-lose choices for Obama

Commentary: If a US military approach in Syria fails at least we can say 'we tried.'
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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 17: Roses lie amongst rows of gravestones assembled by Oxfam symbolising the 93,00 people killed in Syria on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent events have left President Obama with no good options in the Middle East. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
It's been a tumultuous week across the Middle East, but arriving last Saturday night in Lebanon, often the least stable country in the area, one would have thought that peace and harmony prevailed throughout the region.
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Afghanistan: State Dept denies reports of US-Taliban talks

Four servicemen were killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, a day before representatives from the US and Taliban were due to meet in Qatar.

Chatter: Afghanistan slams 'inconsistent' US peace talks

The Afghan government suspends security negotiations with the US, Brazil sends security forces to deal with growing protests, Obama prepares to be ein Berliner, and North Korea has a little Hitler problem.
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The Afghan government suspends security negotiations with the US, Brazil prepares to send in security forces to deal with growing protests, Barack Obama hopes to be a Berliner, and North Korea's leaders are NOT neo-Nazis — and they'll crush anyone who says otherwise.
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Afghanistan suspends bilateral security agreement talks with US

"There is a contradiction between what the US government says and what it does regarding Afghanistan peace talks," a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday.

Journalist Michael Hastings killed in car crash (VIDEO)

Michael Hastings, the journalist whose Rolling Stone piece brought down General Stanley McChrystal, is killed in a car crash at age 33.

Taliban agree to US peace talks, but are the Afghans in control?

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Afghan and international officials were all smiles on Tuesday for the formal handover of security responsibility to Afghan forces.

Chatter: Afghanistan looks after itself

Afghan forces take over responsibility for their country's safety, Brazil's protests get bigger, Turkey's protests get quieter, and Egyptian TV gets manlier.
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Afghan forces take over responsibility for their country's safety, Brazil's protests get bigger, Turkey's protests get quieter, and Egyptian TV gets manlier.
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