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18 Oct 2017 description

Negotiators from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on October 16 to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

It was not clear whether any Taliban militants had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a peace process that collapsed in 2015.

Taliban sources have said they would stay away from the discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on prospects for reviving the long-stalled negotiations.

18 Oct 2017 description

Afghan officials say two separate suicide and gun attacks on government forces have left at least 71 people dead.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the October 17 assault on a police compound in the southeastern city of Gardez, capital of Paktia Province bordering Pakistan, in which at least 41 people were killed, including the provincial police chief, and more than 150 others wounded.

Thirty people, including police officers and civilians, were also reported killed and 10 others wounded in an attack blamed on the Taliban in the neighboring province of Ghazni.

09 Oct 2017 description

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying minority Shi'ite Muslims in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on October 9, killing four of them and a passer-by, police say.

Two other passers-by were also wounded in the attack in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, according to local police chief, Hidayat Ullah.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Sunni extremists regularly target Shi'ites and have staged previous such attacks in Balochistan and elsewhere in Pakistan.

05 Oct 2017 description

Pakistani officials say a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite shrine in the country's southwest has killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens.

The attack took place on October 5 in the Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 300 kilometers east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

Scores of people had gathered at the Dargah Fatehpur shrine when the explosion hit.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the dead and wounded were being taken to nearby hospitals.

02 Oct 2017 description

A U.K.-based Syrian human rights watchdog says 3,055 civilians and fighters were killed in the country’s civil war during September, the highest monthly total this year.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on October 1 said 955 of the deaths were civilians, including 207 children and 148 women.

Syria is embroiled in a six-year civil war that has killed more than 330,000 people and forced an estimated 5 million more to flee across borders to become refugees.

02 Oct 2017 description

Iraqi Kurdish leaders have formed a political council to handle issues related to their recent independence referendum, which was held despite vehement opposition from national authorities in Baghdad.

Kurdish news outlet Rudaw on October 1 said the decision was made at a meeting in Irbil led by Masud Barzani, the president of the autonomous region in northern Iraq.

17 Sep 2017 description

At least four civilians have been killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, local officials say.

Provincial police chief Faizullah Khairat said the blast occurred at around midday on September 17 at a marketplace in the provinceial capital, Khost.

Khairat said the blast was caused by a "remote-controlled bomb."

A number of those injured were said to be in critical condition, according to Mubarez Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

13 Sep 2017 description

KABUL -- At least three people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up while attempting to enter a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.

Police said the September 13 blast also injured at least seven people near the Kabul International Cricket Stadium, where hundreds of fans were watching a tournament involving both Afghan and foreign players.

No group specifically claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in the capital.

13 Sep 2017 description

Romania's coast guard has rescued more than 150 migrants from a troubled ship on the Black Sea in an operation highlighting an emerging route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe.

Coast guard deputy commander Cristian Cicu says the rusty ship was towed to the Black Sea port of Constanta, about 250 kilometers east of Bucharest, shortly before dawn on September 13.

An initial count showed 153 people on board the ship, including 53 children.

13 Sep 2017 description

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to carry out his temporary ban on refugees entering the country.

The justices granted a request on September 12 from the Justice Department to block a federal appeals-court decision that the department said would have allowed an additional 24,000 additional refugees to enter the United States.

11 Sep 2017 description

Officials say a suicide bomber in an explosives-packed vehicle has attacked a NATO convoy north of Kabul, wounding two U.S. soldiers and at least three civilians.

"We had two U.S. soldiers wounded and their injuries are not life-threatening," Navy Captain William Salvin, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said on September 11.

Local Afghan officials said at least three civilians were also wounded in the attack, which took place near Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.

08 Sep 2017 description

A U.S. appeals court on September 7 rejected efforts by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the United States.

In the latest legal blow to Trump's executive order targeting refugees and people from six predominantly Muslim countries, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that refugees who have "bona fide" relationships with U.S. resettlement agencies should be allowed into the country.

04 Sep 2017 description

A coalition headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) has agreed to a deal with the junior New Alliance for Kosovo party to form a government, ending three months of political gridlock sparked by inconclusive elections.

The agreement, signed on September 4, gives the coalition, which includes the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) along with ethnic minorities, 63 of parliament's 120 seats.

02 Sep 2017 description

At least seven people have been killed and nine others wounded in an attack on a government-run power plant in northern Iraq, security officials said.

Armed with grenades and wearing explosives belts, three attackers entered the facility in Samarra, some 100 kilometers north of Baghdad, in the early hours of September 2, the officials said.

The attackers briefly besieged the site, where other workers were present. Security reinforcements arrived on the scene, killing two of the attackers and evacuating the employees, Iraq's independent portal Alsumaria News reported.

30 Aug 2017 description

Officials in Afghanistan's eastern Logar Province say at least 11 civilians were killed and 16 wounded when a NATO helicopter attacked a house where Taliban insurgents had taken shelter against the wishes of the residents.

Provincial Governor Halim Fedaee on August 30 said the incident, which occurred late on August 29, took place in Dashte Bari District near the provincial capital Pul-e Alam in the east of the country.

27 Aug 2017 description

As many as 13 people, including Afghan army soldiers and civilians, were killed and 18 wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack in the southern province of Helmand on August 27, officials said.

The attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a district in the center of Helmand, said Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor's spokesman, who gave the casualty figures.

The area has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks between government forces aand Taliban insurgents.

25 Aug 2017 description

The Ukrainian military and Russia-backed separatists have accused each other of violating a cease-fire established ahead of the start of the new school year.

The new truce came into effect on August 25 just after midnight, a week before most pupils in Ukraine return to school on September 1.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that the first breach was recorded less than two minutes into the cease-fire, when the separatists targeted the village of Talakivka in the Donetsk region with small arms and heavy machine guns.

15 Aug 2017 description

Russian diamond giant Alrosa says rescuers have abandoned a search for four of eight missing workers at a flooded diamond mine in eastern Siberia.

State-controlled Alrosa said on August 15 that it was impossible to continue searching at a depth of 310 meters, where four miners were working when a cavern collapsed and sent water rushing in at the Mir mine in the Sakha-Yakutia region on August 4.

The search for the other four still missing after the accident will continue, according to Alrosa. It said they were at a depth of 210 meters when the flooding began.

12 Aug 2017 description

A mortar shell that landed in a house in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab Province has killed at least 13 civilians, officials said on August 12.

Ten children and two women died in the incident that took place in the Dawlatabad district in the afternoon of August 11, Abdul Ahad Elbek, a provincial council member, told the dpa news agency.

Naimatullah Tofan, the district police chief, said at least three others were injured in the incident.

It remains unclear whether it was Afghan security forces or Taliban militants who fired the mortar.

11 Aug 2017 description

At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.

At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.

The region's administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.