peace_brotherAhead of talks, Iran rejects shipping out uranium
Tehran (AFP) Oct 13, 2013 – Iran will not agree to ship out its stockpile of enriched uranium, one of its main negotiators said Sunday ahead of crunch talks with world powers on its nuclear programme. “We will negotiate about the volume, levels and the methods of enrichment but shipping out the (enriched) material is a red line for Iran,” deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told the state broadcaster. The remarks … more

‘De-Americanised’ world needed after US Shutdown: China media
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2013 – While US politicians grapple with how to reopen their shuttered government and avoid a potentially disastrous default on their debt, the world should consider ‘de-Americanising’, a commentary on China’s official news agency said Sunday. “As US politicians of both political parties (fail to find a) viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time f … more

US says captured top Pakistani Taliban leader
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2013 – American troops have captured a senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban, a US official said Friday, in what could prove a major blow to the Islamic militant group just as Kabul is trying to arrange peace talks. “I can confirm that US forces did capture… terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, describing him as a senior com … more

Pakistan army chief supports dialogue with Taliban
Islamabad (AFP) Oct 12, 2013 – Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani Saturday said the army supports the government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban to end the insurgency wracking the country. The main Pakistani political parties last month backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the militants, who have been waging a bloody insurgency against the state since 2007. But the umbrella Te … more