China is our most important partner, says Taliban

Describing China as its most important partner, the Afghan Taliban has said it looks to Beijing to rebuild Afghanistan and exploit its rich copper deposits as the war-ravaged country faces widespread hunger and fears of an economic collapse. Continue Reading

Merkel cancels Israel trip due to Afghan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her planned trip to Israel on Aug. 28-30 due to the tense situation in Afghanistan, a government spokesperson said on Thursday. Both sides agree that the chancellor’s visit will be arranged at a later date, the spokesperson said. Continue Reading