KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after President Ashraf Ghani announced another unilateral cease-fire, Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of buses in northern Afghanistan on Monday and held more than 100 people hostage for several hours.

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The United States and Russia have brokered a ceasefire deal with regional powers in southwestern Syria, U.S. officials told Reuters and the Associated Press on July 7, defusing the escalating tensions between the two militaries over the fate of the war-torn country in recent weeks.

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