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Countries curb diplomatic ties, weigh sanctions on Myanmar

A growing number of governments are curbing diplomatic ties with Myanmar and increasing economic pressure on its military over the coup last week that erased the fragile democratic progress in the long-oppressed Southeast Asian nation. President Biden said Wednesday he was issuing an executive order that will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing $1 billion in …

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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents’ spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a “good advancement” even as fighting raged across the war-weary country. The Taliban’s statement came just hours after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest …

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Afghan govt to free 900 prisoners; Taliban may extend truce

The Afghan government said it would free 900 prisoners on Tuesday, its single-largest prisoner release since the US and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. The announcement came as a three-day cease-fire draws to an end, which was called by the …

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