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    NATO chief urges Taliban to renounce violence

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    John Allen, top US general and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has urged the Taliban to renounce violence and respect women's rights if it wants to play a part in the country's future. Speaking to Jennifer Glasse, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Kabul on Saturday, Allen said the al-Qaeda affiliated group would have to soften their views to gain acceptance in the country that has somewhat opened since its ouster in 2001.