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U.N. urges Greece to improve conditions for transferred refugees | Reuters

May 28, 2016

U.N. urges Greece to improve conditions for transferred refugees | Reuters

GENEVA Refugees removed from a makeshift Greek camp near the Macedonian border have been taken to sites with "sub-standard conditions" in derelict buildings with insufficient food, water, toilets and showers, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Greece cleared out the Idomeni camp this week and transferred thousands of people living there to state-run facilities. The site had sprung up in February after some Balkan states shut their borders to migrants seeking passage to northern Europe #India #Afghanistan #science #markets #Iraq
Iran says Chabahar pact not over; Pakistan, China are welcome to join

May 27, 2016

Iran says Chabahar pact not over; Pakistan, China are welcome to join

The Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan "not finished" and "not limited to these three countries", says Iranian ambassador. #India #China #Pakistan #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Iran #Hassan Rouhani #Port Chabahar #Ashrf Ghani
Will do whatever we need to do to protect our forces: Pentagon

May 27, 2016

Will do whatever we need to do to protect our forces: Pentagon

The Pentagon did not rule out hitting the new Taliban leader to protect its forces in Afghanistan while it said it will continue to do whatever is needed to protect its forces. #Taliban #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Pentagon #Peter Cook
Pakistan confirms Taliban leader Mullah Mansour is dead

May 26, 2016

Pakistan confirms Taliban leader Mullah Mansour is dead

Pakistan said that the death of Mansour has added to the "complexity of the Afghan conflict". #Pakistan #Taliban #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Mullah Mansour
Meet Haibatullah Akhundzada: All you need to know about the new Taliban chief

May 26, 2016

Meet Haibatullah Akhundzada: All you need to know about the new Taliban chief

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada was appointed as the new Taliban chief after Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike last week #Al-Qaeda #Taliban #Afghanistan #ConnectTheDots #peace process #US troops #Taliban chief #islamic-state #Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada
New Taliban leader has the chance to choose 'peace' and work towards a negotiated solution: US

May 26, 2016

New Taliban leader has the chance to choose 'peace' and work towards a negotiated solution: US

The new Taliban leader has an opportunity to choose peace and to work towards a negotiated solution to join the Afghan-led peace talks, the US said. "We would hope that he would seize the opportunity," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference on Wednesday. #US #Pakistan #Taliban #Afghanistan #afghan-taliban #Mullah Mansour #Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada
New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources | Reuters

May 26, 2016

New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources | Reuters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir". The "shura", or leadership council, was convened in haste after leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, presenting the Taliban with their second succession in less than a year #Middle East #Afghanistan #science #markets #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital | Reuters

KABUL A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday in an attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility. The attack came on the same day the Taliban announced a new leader to succeed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. #Middle East #Afghanistan #science #markets #United Kingdom
With Mullah Mansour dead, Afghan Taliban appoint new leader

May 25, 2016

With Mullah Mansour dead, Afghan Taliban appoint new leader

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #afghan-taliban #Mullah Mansour #Haibatullah Akhundzada #Shura
'Watching very closely' India's growing ties with Iran, says US

May 25, 2016

'Watching very closely' India's growing ties with Iran, says US

The US is "watching very closely" India's growing ties with Iran after it recently pledged $500 million for developing the Chabahar port and will see if its legal parameters and requirements are being met, the Obama Administration has told lawmakers. #Obama #India #US #Narendra Modi #Afghanistan #Iran #Central Asia #Chabahar port