Top US official urges Afghans to unite for Taliban talks amid election dispute Feb 26, 2020 0 392 12345 Washington: The United States on Tuesday urged Afghan leaders to unite for upcoming talks with the Taliban, pointedly not congratulating President Ashraf Ghani on his disputed victory.In a statement a week after the results were published, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the US “notes” the announcement and warned against “destabilising actions.” She confirmed that Ghani had agreed to postpone the presidential inauguration that had been set for Thursday -- two days before the expected US signing of a peace deal with the Taliban.“The Afghan people want peace. It is time to focus not on electoral politics, but on taking steps toward a lasting peace.” She called for feuding leaders to set up “an agreed national framework for peace that is fully representative” to prepare for talks with the Taliban, which are expected to begin in March.The State Department specifically warned against “purported efforts to establish parallel government structures,” in a clear reference to a call by Ghani’s rival Abdullah Abdullah to set up a rival government. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES More coronavirus deaths, infections outside China raise pandemic fears Feb 26, 2020 0 573 Trump, accused of sexual misconduct himself, hails Weinstein verdict Feb 26, 2020 0 1033 Assange stripped naked and handcuffed, lawyer tells court Feb 26, 2020 0 399 13 killed, 150 injured in Delhi riots AFP New Delhi The death toll rose to 13 on Tuesday, with at least 150 injured, from some of the Indian capital’s worst sectarian violence in years as rampaging rioters in several parts of the city set fire to buildings and .. One dead, homes flooded after heavy rains in Indonesia Jakarta: Floods hit large sections of the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its surrounding areas on Tuesday after days of rain, inundating thousands of homes and killing at least one person. Floodwaters were recorded at .. Pakistan releases Pashtun rights activist from jail Peshawar: A leading Pakistani ethnic minority rights activist known for criticising the country’s powerful armed forces was released from jail on Tuesday, weeks after a court granted him bail. Manzoor Pashteen has .. Sweden summons Chinese ambassador over jailing of Swedish book publisher Stockholm: Sweden’s foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the Chinese ambassador after Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was jailed in China for 10 years on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad. Gui, one .. COVID-19 spreads beyond Italy to other European countries Rome: New cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed on Tuesday throughout Europe, in the continent’s hotspot of Italy, but also in Austria, Croatia, Spain and Switzerland, even as European health ministers were .. Brexit talks turn sour as EU, UK clash AFP Brussels Britain and Brussels clashed Tuesday over upcoming Brexit talks, with London roundly rejecting key elements of the EU’s negotiating platform, setting up an acrimonious start to negotiations next week. ..