Caring clergy should refuse to co-operate. Too many congregations will serve as virus multipliers, writes Peter Storey.
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Afghanistan wakes up to a week-long partial truce after the Taliban, the US and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict.
The Taliban on Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war.
A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul on Friday, officials said, though no details about casualties were immediately available.
Two American troops have been killed and six others wounded when an Afghan soldier armed with a machine gun opened fire, the US military has announced.
Afghanistan is in danger of turning into a sanctuary once again for Islamist extremists as the West withdraws troops and shifts its attention elsewhere, a former senior CIA official warns.
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