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Afghanistan's Karzai backs clerics' demand for media crackdown

altAfghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed with a call from the country's conservative religious council for a crackdown on television stations, calling some of their programs "immoral and un-Islamic", officials said on Tuesday.

Taliban in Qatar see no early peace talks with U.S.: sources

altTaliban leaders living in Qatar have held no Afghanistan peace talks with U.S. officials in the Gulf state for more than a year and see no prospect of any soon, Taliban sources say.

Hostilities flare along Israeli-Gaza border

altIsrael pressed Hamas to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war in November.

Palestinian Hamas Islamists re-elect Meshaal as leader

altThe Islamist Palestinian Hamas group re-elected the relatively pragmatic Khaled Meshaal as its leader on Tuesday, despite past criticism of him by hardliners in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Suspect tied to African, Yemen militants pleads guilty to U.S. charges

altA Somali man who was a high-level liaison between al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen and later became a U.S. government informant and witness has pleaded guilty to multiple U.S. terrorism-related charges, the Justice Department said on Monday.

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