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Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects

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Afghanistan’s Taliban disputes media reports that its representatives recently visited neighboring Pakistan and discussed with officials there the prospect of holding direct peace talks with Kabul.

The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a “puppet” of the United States.

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Malaysia Buying Chinese Ships to Protect its Waters From China, Others

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Malaysia’s deal to buy Chinese naval ships and step up patrols against any intrusions from China underscores the complexity of relations between the two countries and signals growing concern over national defense.

Officials from the Southeast Asian country, with a coastline stretching from the Sulu Sea westward to the Indian Ocean, said in November they would get four littoral mission ships made in China.

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Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention: lawyer

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said.

Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that ousted him.

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US Orders Tighter Visa Screenings

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

The U.S. State Department has asked American embassies and consulates around the world to identify certain groups that should get extra scrutiny when they apply for visas.

This directive also instructs U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having been in Islamic State group-controlled areas.

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IS Claims Responsibility for Britain Parliament Attack

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack near the British Parliament in London, which killed three people and ended when an officer shot dead the attacker.

A statement posted on IS's news agency said the attacker was a "soldier of Islamic State."

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