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Colbert Calls Out Trump Over Nancy Pelosi Trip: 'I've Told The Taliban You're Coming!'

President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) trip to Afghanistan on Thursday, a visit to see the troops in a war zone that had previously been kept secret for security reasons.

HUFFINGTONPOST

Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada's Trudeau

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

REUTERS CANADA

US citizen among dead in Kabul truck bomb attack

A US citizen was among those killed in a powerful truck bomb attack against a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul this week, officials said Wednesday, as the government continued investigating the blast site.

DAILY MAIL

In Chaotic Afghan Capital, Crackdown on Crime Is Turning Heads

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even when Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, is not attacked by suicide bombers, it is often gripped by gun-toting crime syndicates that receive protection from the country’s elite.

NEW YORK TIMES

Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release

In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a documentary about Madonna’s early music career gets a release.

VARIETY

Taliban threatens to pull out of peace talks with U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Tuesday threatened to stall peace talks with the United States if they deflect from the issue of foreign force withdrawal from Afghanistan, a key demand of the hardline Islamic militants to end the 17-year war.

REUTERS CANADA

Agonising over Afghanistan

After more than 17 years, the time has come to accept two important truths about the war in Afghanistan. The first is that there will be no military victory by the government and its American and NATO partners. Afghan forces, while better than they were, are not good enough and are unlikely ever to

REALCLEARDEFENSE.COM

Exodus Appoints Wendy Mills as BDM Eastern US & Canada

Exodus Travels has announced the appointment of long-time travel industry expert Wendy Mills to the position of Business Development Manager, Eastern USA & Canada, effective immediately.

TRAVELPULSE

‘Homeland’ Final Season: Nimrat Kaur & Numan Acar To Reprise Season 4 Roles

EXCLUSIVE: We are getting a major new clue about the upcoming eighth and final season of Showtime’s terrorism drama Homeland. Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar, who had major recurring roles in Season 4, are rejoining the cast for the upcoming eighth and final season.

DEADLINE

'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.

YAHOO!

Germany accuses army linguist of spying for Iran over Afghan missions

German police have arrested a 50-year-old Afghan-German man suspected of passing military secrets to Iran. Federal prosecutors named the army linguist, arrested in Rhineland state, only as Abdul Hamid S. He is understood to have known details of German military operations in Afghanistan.

BBC

Afghan Taliban claim responsibility for deadly Kabul car bomb attack

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a car bomb attack near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, that killed at least four people a day earlier.

REUTERS CANADA

Violence Against Protesters in Sudan Continues: Daily Brief

Plus: increased pressure on Crimean human rights lawyers; mayor of Polish city critically ill after stabbing; prosecution of LGBT community in Chechnya; national strike begins in Zimbabwe; Saudi's Rahaf al-Qunun reaches safety in Canada; Bahrain rejects UN call to free activist; and Afghanistan's ne

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Ex-interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan released from ICE custody

A former translator for U.S. forces in Afghanistan was released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Thursday after being threatened with deportation. Mohasif Motawakil left Houston International Airport after being detained for seven days and the visas for himself, his wife and

THE HILL

Western tourists head to war-torn Afghanistan for 'authentic' travel experience

Ciaran Barr wanted to see Afghanistan – and he wanted to do it in the most authentic way he thought possible. The Dutch tourist backpacked his way across the mountainous Asian country and turned to a social networking site to find locals to stay with for free.

FOX NEWS

The Montreal mission to restore once hidden, forbidden Afghan films

The negatives, dusty and brittle after being hidden away for so many years, reveal the stark contradictions of modern Afghan history, from footage of dance parties in 1970s-era Kabul, to shots of the nascent mujahedeen army, training in the mountains above — arguably the first “jihadi” videos.

PINCHERCREEKECHO.COM

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and the Mary Foundation donate to Afghanistan women’s crisis centre

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, through her namesake foundation The Mary Foundation (or Mary Fonden in Danish), has donated to an Afghanistan women’s crisis centre after hearing a TV 2 programme reporter’s account from the country.

ROYALCENTRAL.CO.UK

Taliban claim Kabul truck bomb attack, warn more to follow

The Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a powerful truck bomb attack in Kabul that ripped through surrounding neighbourhoods, killing at least four people and wounding more than 100, in the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

24MATINS.UK

Afghanistan protestors march for peace

Several hundred protesters marched in three cities in southern and eastern Afghanistan to call for a ceasefire and an end to the 17-year war Thursday, the latest action of a movement launched in May 2018.

YAHOO!

Afghan troops fear loss of air support if U.S. pulls out forces

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - For hard-pressed Afghan troops, uncertainty over a planned withdrawal of U.S. forces has raised fears that they will lose American air support, one of the few decisive advantages over increasingly confident Taliban fighters.

REUTERS UK