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The Taliban is providing the Afghan authorities a three-month ceasefire

The Taliban has offered a three-month ceasefire in exchange for the release of 7,000 insurgent prisoners, an Afghan government negotiator said on Thursday, when Pakistan confirmed that the militant group had control of an important border crossing. "There is a huge demand," said Nader Nadery, a key member of the government group involved in peace talks with the Taliban, adding that the rebels also demanded that their leaders' names be removed from a UN blacklist. It was not immediately clear how the government would…

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