US says had ‘productive’ talks on humanitarian aid with Taliban

Members of the Taliban delegation Shahabuddin Delawar (left), Amir Khan Muttaqi, and Khairullah Khairkhwa (right) meet with foreign diplomats in Qatar's capital Doha, on Oct 12, 2021. (KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) WASHINGTON – The United States and the Taliban had "productive discussions" on the issue of humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over […]

Regional concerns over Afghan security vacuum

Afghan security force members are seen on a military vehicle during a military operation in Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA) The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has triggered security concerns in neighboring countries as prospects of a negotiated settlement have diminished. Since the intra-Afghan dialogue reached […]

Erdogan calls for US funding to back Kabul airport mission

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the Turkish Cypriot Parliament, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, July 19, 2021. (TURKISH PRESIDENCY VIA AP, POOL) NICOSIA – President Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States on Tuesday to meet "conditions" including financial, logistical and diplomatic support, so that Turkey can run and guard Kabul airport after other foreign troops […]

EU seeks post-COVID catch-up

European states are struggling to bounce back from a pandemic-induced recession that has left them trailing major economies such as China and the United States. A resurgence of COVID-19 over the winter months and a slow start to the rollout of the European Union’s vaccination plan pushed its inner core of 19 eurozone countries into […]

US approval of arms sale to Israel criticized as ‘adding fuel to fire’

Demonstrators hold Palestine flags and placards as they protest during a rally in support of Palestine outside US Federal Building & Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18, 2021. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) JERUSALEM – A ceasefire remains elusive for the Israel-Palestine conflict, with the US administration has reportedly approved a US$735 million deal […]