Germany: tie Afghanistan troop pullout to talks’ progress

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should be tied to progress in stuttering peace negotiations between the Kabul government and the Taliban, rather than sticking “slavishly” to an end-of-April deadline. Germany is the second-biggest contributor to NATO’s Resolute Support training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, after the United States. President Joe Biden’s new administration has said it plans to review the peace agreement signed last February between the U.S. and the Taliban. The Pentagon has said the Taliban’s refusal to meet commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan is raising questions about whether all U.S. troops will be able to leave by May as required under the peace deal.last_img

Marler handed two-game ban following hearing

first_imgMarler had already apologised for the remarks about Lee’s heritage – which were made during the Six Nations clash between the two sides.He’ll also pay a 20-thousand pound fine to an equality charity.The punishment’s been handed out by World Rugby – after tournament bosses decided not to take any action.last_img