News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 27, 2018, 07.18 PM(IST)

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US outlines plan to confidence-building measures with Afghan Taliban; offers safety network to rebels

As the world powers including Russia, Iran are holding talks with Taliban leaders to seek a way out of the Afghan conflict, the United States has outlined a plan to carry out confidence-building measures to persuade the rebels to join the peace process.

Triple talaq debate: Centre says don't use a political prism, opposition wants bill to go to parliament panel

Asserting that the triple talaq bill is about "Insaaniyat aur insaaf", the government on Thursday said the legislation should not be weighed on the scales of politics while a united opposition strongly demanded that it should be referred to a joint select committee of Parliament, dubbing its provisions "unconstitutional".

Britain voices 'grave' concerns over China's Huawei

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned of his "very deep concerns" about Chinese technology giant Huawei being involved in the use of 5G on Britain's mobile network,  The Times reported Thursday.

Bangladesh: Violent election campaign ends with opposition fearing unfair voting

Bangladesh's deadly election campaign entered a final full day Thursday with followers of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina parading in the streets while her opponents insisted the vote would not be free and fair.

Kartarpur corridor 'high point of diplomacy' for Imran Khan government: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday described the Kartarpur corridor as the "high point of diplomacy" for the Imran Khan government while admitted that there was "no progress" on the contentious issues with India.