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Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 20

A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, police said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market close to the Pakistani capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

A bomb tore through a bustling Islamabad market on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market close to the capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Pakistan to release 13 Taliban prisoners

Pakistan will release another 13 Taliban prisoners as a "goodwill gesture" to help ongoing peace talks with militants, the interior minister said Saturday. The announcement came after the Pakistani Taliban on Friday extended a ceasefire by six days, stating they were doing so to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing "non-combatant" prisoners and pulling back soldiers.

Egypt court adjourns Morsi murder trial to Sunday

A court in Egypt has adjourned the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi until Sunday, when it will hear "decisive" testimony from senior security officials. The case is part of a relentless crackdown against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since the military ousted him on July 3, ending a turbulent single year in office. Morsi and 14 co-defendants are charged with involvement in the killing of opposition protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.

Donkeys carry ballot boxes to villages for Afghan vote

Donkeys laden with ballot boxes trudged up rough tracks and mountain trails in remote parts of Afghanistan Friday, on the eve of presidential elections in a country that still has few proper roads. Delivering election materials by donkey has become a regular feature of Afghan elections since 2004, when the first vote was held after the fall of the authoritarian Taliban regime. In heavy rain and against a dramatic backdrop of snowy peaks, about 30 donkeys made their way to villages high in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul.

Taliban extend ceasefire, ask Pakistan to meet demands

The Pakistani Taliban on Friday extended a ceasefire by six days to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing "non-combatant" prisoners and pulling back soldiers, the militia said in a statement. The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries in February to try to end the Islamists' bloody seven-year insurgency.

Pakistan Taliban extend ceasefire for 10 days after prisoner release

By Haji Mujtaba MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have extended their March ceasefire until April 10, a spokesman said Friday, following the release of a batch of low-level prisoners by the Pakistani government. "Tehreek-e-Taliban is once again showing seriousness and responsibility, and in order to wait for an answer from the government, is extending the ceasefire until April 10," spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

Pakistan releases 19 Taliban prisoners

Pakistan's Interior Ministry has released 19 Taliban prisoners who were held on intelligence reports about their involvement in militant activities, a ministry spokesman said Thursday. "It is government policy to release detainees after interrogation if they turn out to be innocent," the spokesman said. They were released between March 21 and 28, he said.

Pakistan Taliban suspend month-long ceasefire but still want talks

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have not extended a month-long ceasefire but are still open to pursuing peace talks with the Islamabad government, a spokesman for the insurgent movement said Wednesday. Shahidullah Shahid said some Taliban leaders had objected to extending the ceasefire, which lasted during the month of March.

7 Dead in suicide attack on Afghan Interior Ministry

Kabul, Apr 2 (EFE).- At least six police officers and a Taliban fighter died and four officers were wounded Wednesday in a suicide attack on the Afghan Interior Ministry just three days before the country's presidential election, authorities said. Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi reported the number of victims on Twitter. The attack came early in the afternoon when the insurgent detonated the explosives he was carrying when he was prevented from entering the government building, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told Efe.
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