Afghan forces killed in first ‘Taliban attack’ since end of ceasefire May 29, 2020 0 645 12345 AFPKabulSeven members of the Afghan security forces were killed Thursday in an attack officials blamed on the Taliban, the first deadly assault since the end of a three-day ceasefire. The temporary truce ended on Tuesday but a lull in the country’s grinding violence has largely held, raising hopes that the militants and Kabul could soon start much-delayed peace talks.Taliban fighters attacked a checkpoint in Parwan, north of the capital, early Thursday, said Waheeda Shahkar, spokeswoman to the provincial governor.“The Taliban have also suffered casualties,” Shahkar told AFP, saying seven members of the Afghan forces died.District police chief Hussain Shah said Taliban fighters set fire to the checkpoint, killing five security force personnel. Two more were shot dead. The Taliban have not commented.It is the first attack that Afghan officials have blamed on the Taliban since the end of the surprise ceasefire offered by the militants and extending over the Eid al-Fitr festival.Afghan security forces, however, carried out air strikes in the south on Wednesday that police said had killed 18 “militants”.According to Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, civilian casualties fell by 80 percent during the temporary truce. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines eases capital’s strict virus lockdown May 29, 2020 0 2440 Conservative ex-Tehran mayor Ghalibaf elected Iran speaker May 29, 2020 0 568 India sidesteps Trump mediation offer over China border showdown May 29, 2020 0 600 Iran dismisses ‘desperate’ US move to end nuclear waivers Tehran Tehran on Thursday dismissed the impact of what it called Washington’s “desperate attempt” to end sanction waivers for nations that remain in the Iran nuclear accord. The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said .. Crashed Pakistani jet’s cockpit voice recorder found AFP Islamabad Investigators scouring the site of a crashed Pakistani airliner found the jet’s cockpit voice recorder Thursday and hope it will answer why pilots had failed at an initial landing attempt. The Pakistan .. India’s Supreme Court orders relief to ease migrant worker crisis New Delhi India’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a series of orders to alleviate a looming humanitarian crisis among millions of migrant workers stranded in cities as the country enters a third month of coronavirus .. Rwanda court sentences ex-mayor to life for role in genocide AFP Kigali Rwanda’s High Court on Thursday sentenced a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide, which included leading attacks that resulted in the deaths of around 25,000 ethnic Tutsis .. Jordan to allow weekly prayers at mosques, churches from next week Amman Jordan will open mosques and churches for weekly prayers from next week, the government said on Thursday, as the kingdom gradually lifts restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Muslims will be .. Gunmen kill dozens in northwest Nigeria attacks AFP Kano Gunmen on motorcycles killed dozens of people in a string of attacks on villages in the restive northwest of Nigeria, as the authorities struggle to curb the violence. Gangs of armed criminals -- known locally as .. Turkey to reopen restaurants in easing of virus lockdown Istanbul Turkey will allow restaurants and cafes to reopen on Monday and lift inter-city travel restrictions in a further loosening of its coronavirus lockdown, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday. ..