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Afghan government, Taliban ready to set agenda for peace talks, US envoy says

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ISLAMABAD — The U.S. envoy who brokered the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban said Wednesday the two sides have overcome a three-month impasse and agreed on rules and procedures for the negotiations. The development is significant as it means the warring sides are getting closer to actually starting to negotiate […]

German government doesn’t have to ensure US follows international law on drone strikes, court rules

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BERLIN — Germany’s top administrative court has ruled the country’s government can’t be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns a ruling last year that held the German government […]

German government doesn’t have to ensure US follows international law on drone strikes, court rules

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BERLIN — Germany’s top administrative court has ruled the country’s government can’t be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns a ruling last year that held the German government […]

Afghan government’s chief peace envoy says rapid US troop reduction premature

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ANKARA, Turkey — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press, Abdullah also described as “shocking” an Australian military […]

Afghanistan government halts prisoner release, delaying talks with Taliban

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said Monday it would not release the last 320 Taliban prisoners it is holding until the insurgents free more captured soldiers, defying a traditional council held last week and further delaying intra-Afghan talks sought by the United States. The talks, which were laid out in a peace deal signed […]

Afghanistan government halts prisoner release, delaying talks with Taliban

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said Monday it would not release the last 320 Taliban prisoners it is holding until the insurgents free more captured soldiers, defying a traditional council held last week and further delaying intra-Afghan talks sought by the United States. The talks, which were laid out in a peace deal signed […]

US government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates, particularly among veterans

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WASHINGTON — The federal government launched a broad national campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledge daily stresses in people’s lives. Known as REACH, the government campaign is the core part of a $53 million, two-year effort announced by […]

Feds’ pay increase left out of government funding bill

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General funding legislation for the 2021 fiscal year will be considered by the full House Committee on Appropriations without provisions for a federal employee pay increase. The Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government voted to favorably report the bill that makes funding provisions for financial services and the general government to the full committee […]

Why there are so few GS-10 positions in government

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The number of positions at the GS-10 grade under the federal government’s General Schedule job classification system is tiny compared with other grade levels, due in large part to a categorization quirk that has largely left the GS-10 out of many job tracks. Of the over two million federal jobs, less than 0.6 percent are […]