Afghan peace talks likely to start soon, reduced violence needed: Pakistan ambassador

“The rising violence is a concern for Pakistan as it is for other countries who want to see the U.S.-Taliban agreement implemented in letter and spirit and to reach the first milestone of the (intra-Afghan negotiations),” he said. “We have been persuading the Taliban to show that the violence level remains down; it’s very important.”

SDF Deal With Damascus ‘Forced Step’, Russia to Play Key Role in Process – Kurdish Official

“The handover of Kobani and Manbij is not the decision of the SDF, but rather it will be in accordance with consensus between the regional and international parties. The Russian Federation will have the crucial role in these arrangements”, Bashar said. He called the developments “the complete surrender of the SDF” to the Syrian army […]

SEC Is ‘Focused On’ Starting The ‘Football Season As Scheduled’

As we continue to wage war against coronavirus, many people want to know whether or not football will happen as scheduled. It looked like we won the war, but a flare up of positive tests through the sport has everyone a bit nervous. Well, the SEC is pushing forward. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In […]

SEC Will Allow Voluntary Athletic Activities Starting June 8

The conference has announced the start of voluntary athletic activities starting June 8 “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

American Sniper: an old-fashioned western in military uniform

Yet these are the numbers of the superhero franchise, the be-caped summer blockbuster. (At a comparable stage, last year’s best picture winner at the Oscars, 12 Years A Slave, had made $24m.) Just as significantly, in its second week on release, Eastwood’s film barely dipped in popularity, the sign of a collective nerve not just […]

Clint Eastwood cut American Sniper’s final scene after request from widow

The film-makers had initially intended the scene to form the denouement of their movie, but decided to adhere to Taya Kyle’s request. Hall said the team “went around and around” trying to work out another way to finish the biopic, brainstorming five different endings. Ultimately, they decided on the scene used in the final cut, […]

Lebanon’s leaders face rage, calls for reform after blast

The small demonstration on Thursday night, as well as a flood of angry social media posts, suggested the disaster could reignite a cross-sectarian protest movement that erupted in October but faded because of the grinding economic hardship and the coronavirus pandemic.

Reluctance to free ‘most dangerous’ Taliban prisoners slows Afghan peace talks -sources

“There are no such people on our prisoners list that the Kabul administration is saying, these are just excuses to create barriers against the peace process,” Mujahid said. (Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain and Charlotte Greenfield; additional reporting by Jonathan Landay; writing by Charlotte Greenfield and Tom Brown)

In disputed Kashmir, Pakistan accuses India of increased shelling

The Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity since the partition of British-ruled India into Muslim Pakistan and majority Hindu India in 1947. Two of the three wars they have fought since have been over Kashmir.

Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

FILE PHOTO: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the U.S. in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari