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Taliban Kills Americans Hours After Peace Office Opens

Karzai pulls out of security talks

(Newser) - Taliban insurgents aren't letting up the fight in Afghanistan despite the opening of an office for peace talks . Four American troops were killed in a rocket attack on a convoy near Bagram Air Base just hours after the Taliban office opened its doors in Qatar, the New York Times... More »

US, Taliban to Talk Peace in Group's New Qatar Office

Taliban holds a press conference to announce office's opening

(Newser) - The Taliban has opened its long-promised office in Doha, Qatar, where it will openly hold direct peace talks with the US, Taliban officials announced today at, of all things, a press conference. Top US officials tell the BBC that peace talks will begin within days, on the condition that the... More »

World Carbon Emissions Hit New Record in 2011

Climate change goals moving out of reach, scientists warn

(Newser) - Neither concern for the planet nor a weak global economy have been able to keep carbon emissions down, researchers say. Emissions rose 3.6% to a new record last year and have risen another 2.6% so far this year, putting the planet on what now appears to be an... More »

13 Kids Among 19 Dead in Qatar Mall Blaze

New Zealand triplets, two firefighters die

(Newser) - Thirteen children and four teachers were among at least 19 people killed when a fire broke out in a shopping mall in the Qatari capital of Doha yesterday. The victims were trapped inside a nursery in the upscale mall, where the fire is believed to have started, reports the BBC... More »

NYC Jazz Finds New Home—in Qatar

Stay at the St. Regis, take in a show at Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

(Newser) - Want to hear some top-notch jazz but can't make it to New York City? Try Qatar. Jazz at Lincoln Center is opening a new club in the capital city of Doha in April; it will be the nonprofit jazz organization's first permanent location abroad. And it won't... More »

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