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Walmart has announced that it will prohibit open carry and limit ammunition sales in its stores — a step the retailer is taking after ongoing conversations about increasing store public safety with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America , and after years of public pressure from gun violence prevention advocates. Nine of the leading Democrats running in came to Las Vegas to talk to hundreds of anti-gun violence activists about their plans to make our nation safer from the epidemic of gun deaths plaguing our country.
Everyone with the Giffords organization and March for Our Lives was thrilled with the event, and Chris Murphy shared their excitement. In his opening remarks, Senator Murphy talked about the great change movements in history books were not the ones that gave up when their cause was met with failure or adversity.
In the years after the Sandy Hook massacre, the movement was young and still getting its footing, and we often felt very alone in pushing anti-gun violence measures in Congress. Now, our movement is more powerful than the gun lobby, and this forum, with nine candidates for president eager to curry favor from anti-gun violence activists, is the proof.
Peace: Progress is happening! Posted in: thisispeace , Nonviolence , Partners , Peace: Progress is happening! Trump also pledged to support Afghan troops in their war against the Taliban and maintain US presence in the country for as long as there was a need for it. In , he reversed course and promised a troop pullout. Despite President Ghani's offer in February for peace talks "without preconditions," the Taliban had until shown no interest, dismissing the peace overtures as a "conspiracy.
Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul and Washington to stop offering safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies and insists that its influence over the insurgents has been exaggerated. Kabul and Islamabad regularly trade accusations of harboring the other country's militants and the harsh language has underscored the strains between them. Apart from the Taliban, Afghan warlords exercise massive influence in the country.
Last year, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul after a year exile to play an active role in Afghan politics. In September , the Afghan government signed a deal with Hekmatyar in the hope that other warlords and militant groups would seek better ties with Kabul. In the midst of an endless battle for power, President Ghani's approval ratings continue to plummet.
Rampant corruption in the Afghan government and a long tug-of-war within the US-brokered national unity government has had a negative impact on the government's efforts to eradicate terrorism. In a statement released earlier this week, he expressed his "hope that this event will contribute to trust-building among key stakeholders" and "foster peace and stability in Afghanistan and the wider region.
Ahead of the weekend, Germany's foreign office refused to speculate on whether the meeting could lead to further rounds and eventually even peace talks, preferring to "take it one step at a time. The US, in turn, wants Taliban guarantees that the group will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for foreign attacks — which was a major factor in the US invasion 18 years ago. There seems to be some progress, according to Taliban spokesman Shaheen, who told DW there "have been some developments, but they are not finalized.
Should America do so without a political agreement between the Taliban and government, however, the troop pullout could leave a dangerous vacuum in its wake.
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The Americans' haste has worried many: Sima Samar, a former Afghan women's affairs minister, who now chairs the independent Human Rights Commission, told DW that "we should not rush, because peace building requires patience and deep understanding and planning. Samar said she was not invited to join the talks, but hoped it would lead to a process and "outcome" that would benefit the country as a whole.
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Washington and the Taliban are set to hold a new round of peace talks in Doha. The group has so far held several meetings with the US, and a number of other countries, but there has been too much talking without results. As US and Taliban negotiators make progress in their talks on the issue of foreign troop withdrawal and counterterrorism, Germany is mulling over a strategy to continue its engagement with the war-torn nation.
The German government has opted to extend the Bundeswehr's mission in Afghanistan for another year. The move defies concerns that the US is preparing to pull out of the country, rendering Germany's contribution futile. Members of the Taliban have sat down with prominent Afghan politicians, including women, in an attempt to find a solution to nearly two decades of conflict. The sidelined president, Ashraf Ghani, isn't thrilled. The blast rattled windows in the Afghan capital and smoke was seen billowing over the city.
At least 65 people were injured in the explosion, which took place during rush hour. President Ghani's current term in office is due to end next week — four months ahead of the next presidential elections. His opponents are calling for a caretaker government, but Ghani is refusing to step down. Sixteen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, the war-torn country remains in the grip of Islamist violence.
A string of deadly attacks in recent months suggests militants are stronger than ever. Afghanistan has freed three Taliban figures in exchange for the release of two Western hostages.
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Officials hope the exchange will help rekindle peace talks with the militant group. China has stepped up efforts to mediate in the Afghan conflict after US President Donald Trump called off Doha peace talks with the insurgent group in September. Could Beijing's influence on the Taliban be helpful? Taliban insurgents have attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, capturing several installations there.
Experts say the siege attempt could be aimed at getting the maximum out of the ongoing Doha talks with the US. More info OK. Wrong language?
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