Afghanistan’s president has announced the release of 175 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.
Ashraf Ghani was responding to demands submitted to him by a traditional council, or loya jirga, which met in Kabul this week to discuss peace.
The grand assembly called for an immediate ceasefire between the Afghan government and Taliban militants.
But the Taliban has so far refused to engage in direct peace talks with Mr Ghani’s government. Read more