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Obama, Karzai back Taliban talks in Qatar: White House WASHINGTON: The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai support the idea of holding talks with the Taliban in Qatar office.In a video call, the two leaders "reaffirmed that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is the surest way to end violence and ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan and the region," it said."They reiterated their support for an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the (the Afghan government's) High Peace Council and authorized representatives of the Taliban."Obama appeared to have persuaded Karzai to renew peace efforts after the Afghan leader's furious response to the Taliban's portrayal of its newly opened Qatar office as the headquarters of a state-in-exile.US envoy James Dobbins said on Monday that Washington was also "outraged" at how the Taliban opened the office, which had been intended as a first step towards a peace deal to ...

US's Obama, Turkey's Erdogan discuss Turkish protests, Syria WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday about recent protests in Ankara, including "the importance of non-violence" and the right to assemble, according to the White House.Obama and Erdogan, in a phone call on Monday, also discussed the situation in Syria, "including the regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people," the White said in a statement on Tuesday.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Mystery as fugitive Snowden vanishes in Moscow MOSCOW: Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Monday vanished in Moscow after failing to take a flight to Cuba on which he was booked, as Washington angrily accused Russia of helping him escape the clutches of US justice.Snowden, who embarrassed US President Barack Obama with his revelations of massive surveillance programmes, failed to appear on the Aeroflot flight to Havana from where he had been expected to continue to Ecuador and claim asylum.Russia's Interfax ...
Revenge of Assange as WikiLeaks helps US leaker LONDON: WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has served the United States an ice-cold slice of revenge by aiding US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as well as boosting the flagging profile of his own anti-secrecy website.The organisation says that it had a legal adviser on the plane Snowden is believed to have taken to Moscow from his bolthole in Hong Kong, and that it helped him seek asylum in Ecuador, in whose London embassy Assange has been ...
Washington urges Russia to return Snowden to US WASHINGTON: The White House said early on Monday it expected cooperation from Russia on returning fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges."Given our intensified cooperation after the Boston Marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters -- including returning numerous high-level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government -- we expect the Russian government to look at all options ...
Obama understands Russia's concerns over nuclear cuts: Lavrov MOSCOW: US President Barack Obama understands Moscow's concerns over his call for both countries to reduce their nuclear weapon stockpiles, Russia's foreign minister was reported as saying on Saturday.Obama had told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the G8 summit that he would call for the two countries to cut the number of their atomic weapons, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a television interview published on Saturday."President Putin answered by reiterating ...
Fresh protests erupt in Brazil despite Rousseff speech BELO HORIZONTE: Fresh protests erupted across Brazil Saturday despite conciliatory remarks by President Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to improve public services and fight harder against corruption.Rousseff's televised address late Friday appeared to have done little to satisfy protesters, as activists vowed to continue the struggle and ordinarily football-mad Brazilians once again protested outside the Confederations Cup.Some 60,000 people chanting "The Cup for whom?" rallied in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte as a Japan-Mexico match ...


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