Afghan peace talks close after Taleban prisoner release approved

KABUL (AFP) – The Afghan government and the Taleban agreed for peace talks after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, the head of Kabul’s peace council said on Sunday. The prisoners’ fate has been a crucial hurdle in launching peace talks between the two warring sides, which had committed to completing a prisoner exchange before negotiations can start. More details in Monday’s Borneo Bulletin.