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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States agreed Friday to look at ways to provide safe passage to Afghan Taliban who are willing to join the peace process, officials said. The US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman met Afghan deputy foreign minister Javed Ludin and Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani in Islamabad for the latest talks on the war-torn country's future. They agreed to set up a group to look at how Taliban fighters who wanted to be part of the peace process could be included, Jilani told a news conference, saying it was an important achievement but without giving details. Afghan deputy minister Ludin hailed the outcome, saying: "We need to bring those in the process who are willing to integrate in peaceful life in Afghanistan." "We need to find them, encourage them and provide safe passage to them," he said. The United States and allied countries fighting the insurgents ...

NICOSIA: Iran has ordered Ebrahim Yazdi, the elderly head of a banned opposition party and former foreign minister, to serve an eight-year jail term, a rights group said Friday, warning it could amount to a death sentence. The 80-year-old activist, who was prominent in Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, has been ordered to surrender, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement. "On April 16, 2012, Evin prison authorities informed Yazdi through his bail bondsman ...
KABUL: An Afghan special forces soldier killed an American when he opened fire on US troops in southern Afghanistan, military spokesmen said on Thursday, the latest in a series of such attacks. The soldier's death takes the toll of foreign troops killed by Afghans they were working with to 18 this year including 10 Americans and five French trainers in 11 separate attacks. "An officer of the Afghan special forces opened fire on a group of American ...
KABUL: A man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO allies, killing one soldier before being shot dead, the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Thursday. "An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against coalition service members in southern Afghanistan late yesterday, killing one service member," NATO's International Security Assistance force (ISAF) said. "The individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire," an ISAF statement said, adding that the ...
QUETTA: Law enforcement agency arrested 22 Afghan nationals under foreign act in Panjgur district. An official of LEA said on Thursday that these Afghan nationals had entered in the country illegally, who were apprehended from a passenger bus during checking on check post. They were reported to be without possessing traveling documents. They have been handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further investigation. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012 ...
MADRID: NATO's chief said Wednesday he counted on France's support for NATO security operations, after Francois Hollande pledged to pull troops from Afghanistan immediately if he wins the French presidency. "I'm not going to interfere in any way in the election campaign in France. Having said that, I consider France a strong ally," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Madrid after meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "France has always been strongly committed to our security ...
BEIJING: China's military on Thursday vowed to defend the country's territory amid a stand-off with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said. China is locked in a maritime dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which is considered a potential Asian flashpoint due to the overlapping claims of several nations. "China's armed forces bear the responsibility for the task of defending the nation's territorial ...


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