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Jan06

Turkey to host Pakistan-Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will host the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of efforts to end the Afghan Taliban’s 17-year insurgency. Erdogan, speaking at a joint news conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on January 4, said the trilateral meeting would take place in Istanbul after local elections in March. Khan told reporters he hoped the meeting would bring “badly needed peace” to Afghanistan. “Pakistan is already helping dialogue between Taliban and [the] Americans,” said Khan, who was making his first visit to Turkey since he came to power in August. “I look forward to the...

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Jan05

Yemen: Some normalcy returns to Hodeidah after ceasefire

By: MEE Source: MEE SANAA – The ceasefire in Yemen’s Hodeidah may be fragile, occasionally threatened by skirmishes and just days old, but it has breathed new life into the Red Sea port city. More and more, people are walking in the streets without fear of bombardment or snipers. Shutters are rising in abandoned shops, while the once-ubiquitous sounds of explosions and air strikes have become a scarcity since the truce took hold on 18 December. It is a happy outcome for Hodeidah’s residents, who, before United Nations-brokered talks between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels resulted in the truce, were suffering under a ferocious battle for control of the city....

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Jan04

Gaza: Palestinian Authority office raided

By: MEE Source: MEE Masked men raided the office of a television station funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Gaza on Friday, its staff said, causing damage to equipment. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident, though the staff and a PA official said they held the Hamas movement, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, responsible. Five armed men entered the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) in Gaza City, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The PBC is funded by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and its Gaza office shares a building that hosts several media outlets including Palestine TV, the mouthpiece of the...

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