Progress in U.S.-Taliban talks. On Thursday, negotiations between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S. continued for a fourth day, though they were scheduled to last only two days. The talks reportedly focused on a timeline for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the two sides are apparently close to reaching a deal, according to Afghanistan’s TOLOnews, which cited sources familiar with the talks. The Taliban reportedly agreed not to allow any group to stage attacks against other countries from Afghan territory and to keep al-Qaida and the Islamic State out of Afghanistan. Once a timetable for withdrawal is established, the next step will be to engage the Afghan government in trilateral talks over issues such as a cease-fire, the release of prisoners and the future status of Afghanistan’s government.
Ukraine on Russian interference. According to Yehor Bozhok, the chief of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Russia plans to spend at least $350 million to try to disrupt Ukrai