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US aims to salvage Afghan peace talks with trip to Hamid Karzai

By Ben Farmer, Doha James Dobbins was expected at the Afghan president’s palace after flying from Qatar, with the US still trying to soothe Afghan anger over last week’s opening of a Taliban political office in the Gulf state. The veteran diplomat, who is Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, must also revive long-running security talks with Kabul after they were cancelled by ...

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US and Afghanistan reaffirm commitment to Taliban talks

By Reuters A White House statement said Mr Obama and Mr Karzai held a video conference call in which they also talked about US and Afghan plans for the handover of security to Afghan forces as US troops seek to exit by the end of 2014. A brazen assault by Taliban militants on Tuesday cast doubt on attempts at peace talks. ...

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U.N. Secretary General Condemns Quetta Attacks

QUETTA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a national monument Balochistan, which left at least 20 civilians dead, many of whom were female students. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said no cause justifies such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women ...

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500 valuables paintings stolen in Budapest

5 00 paintings and works of art have been stolen from apartment belonging to a deceased collector. BUDAPEST (AFP) – More than 500 valuable paintings and works of art have been stolen from a Budapest apartment belonging to a deceased collector, Hungarian police said Saturday, in series of robberies that apparently went undetected for years. “The police have opened an investigation ...

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Afghan MPs block violence against women bill

K ABUL (AFP) – The Afghan parliament on Saturday cut short a debate on a bill to protect women  from violence after complaints from some traditionalist MPs that it was against Islamic teaching. The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, which was passed by a presidential decree in 2009, is seen as a benchmark piece of legislation marking progress since ...

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Pakistan adopts China GPS

P akistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China’s domestic satellite navigation system, which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, according to a report yesterday. The Beidou, or compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has ...

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China’s premier addresses Senate, lauds progress despite challenges

I SLAMABAD: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Thursday (today) addressed the Senate saying the country had made tremendous progress despite facing several challenges, DawnNews reported. In a special session of the Senate, the Chinese premier declared his delight in addressing the Parliament’s Upper House, adding that Pakistan was the hub of ancient civilizations, like Gandhara. Moreover, he said Pakistan enjoyed ...

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