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Netanyahu to fly to US for peace talks

Netanyahu to fly to US for peace talks

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will fly to the United States next weekend for talks on Middle East peace efforts and to speak of the need to combat international terrorism.
“Next Sunday, I shall leave for the annual assembly of Jewish communities in the United States,” Netanyahu told reporters at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, referring to a congress to be held in New Orleans on November 7-9.
“I shall meet there with Vice

Peace talks with Afghan Taliban set to break down

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UAE, the main facilitators of US-backed Karzai-Taliban peace talks, fear that the reconciliation process in Afghanistan is heading for a breakdown due to Obama administration’s failure to extend certain guarantees to the Taliban, including a clearly laid down timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
These three key players in the Afghan conflict have now been trying for months for some sort of a breakthrough in the ongoing

End to corruption and police injustices vital for peace: Shahbaz

LAHORE: The equitable distribution of resources, elimination of corruption and curbing police injustices is essential for setting up a peaceful society, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
He made these comments while addressing a large gathering of people after the distribution of vouchers of free fertilizers, seeds and quilts among the flood victims in Esa Khel in Mianwali district. The CM said that it was unfortunate that the poor, backward regions were the

Haqqani group in peace talks with Turi tribe

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban are negotiating a peace deal with a Pakistani tribe in the northwest, tribal elders said on Thursday, adding that the deal in this regard could give militants access to remote strategic areas on the Afghan border.
The talk of a deal between members of the Haqqani network – one of the most dangerous Taliban factions – and the Turi tribe in Kurram Agency is likely to raise concerns in the US, which has been demanding Pakistan get tough with the militants

Peace with Palestinians would help US on Iran: Peres

JERUSALEM
Israel needs good ties with the US to survive and must be more understanding of US demands over securing peace with the Palestinians, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Friday.
Peres said an end to the Palestinian conflict would improve the US’ own security position in the Middle East and help isolate Iran. His comments came as a diplomatic deadlock deepened over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to bow to demands from Washington to extend a freeze

Taliban dismiss peace talks, NATO upbeat

KABUL
Mid-level Taliban insurgency commanders do not believe their leaders have begun tentative peace talks with the Afghan government, with many vowing on Friday not to give up the fight after nearly 10 years of war.
NATO and Afghan officials have confirmed preliminary contacts between President Hamid Karzai’s government and the Taliban, although doubt surrounds when those contacts were made, who they were made with and what, if any, progress was made.
But insurgency

Pakistan in the dark over Kabul peace effort: Gilani

ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday said Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed to share his peace plan with Pakistan, however, no information has been shared with Islamabad so far.
“Once the information is provided, a decision will be taken on how Pakistan can cooperate,” Gilani told office-bearers of the Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Pakistan (CAP) at Prime Minister’s House.
“The Afghan leadership has yet to share its new initiative of

PPP takes MQM, ANP on board for peace in Karachi

KARACHI
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday decided that no military operation would be carried out in the Karachi city to control the recent spate of violence, after Online news service reported earlier in the day that the president and the prime minister had decided in principle to give a green signal to a selective offensive in Karachi to control the spiraling violence that has so far killed over 100 people.
Online quoted

Israeli minister warns Netanyahu of peace talk failure

PARIS: Israel’s Labour Party would walk out of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government if peace talks with the Palestinians do not resume by the end of the year, a senior party figure said.
“We will force the Labour Party to move out,” Minorities Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman, who intends to challenge Defence Minister Ehud Barak for Labour’s leadership, told Reuters.
“I will do everything I can,” he said in an interview at a left-wing think tank in Paris. “I

Zardari wants peace in Karachi ‘at all costs’

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza to ensure peace in Karachi “at all costs”.
He was talking to Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza at the Presidency.
A source in the PPP informed Pakistan Today that the trio discussed various options to restore normalcy to the country’s financial hub. “Mirza proposed the imposition of curfew in some areas of

China cries foul over peace prize, dissident’s wife elated

China on Friday slammed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo as a violation of the honour’s ideals, while the laureate’s joyful wife led calls for his immediate release.
Beijing — which has repeatedly branded the 54-year-old writer a criminal following his December 2009 jailing for 11 years on subversion charges — also warned Norway that ties would suffer over the Nobel committee’s decision.
“The Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded to those

Palestinians seek Arab backing to abandon peace talks

Clinton reassures Abbas US efforts to coax Israeli PM into renewing a temporary ban on settlement building would continue ‘until the very last minute’
SIRTE
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas was on Friday to seek the support of Arab leaders to quit peace talks after Israel adamantly refused to exend a freeze on settlement building in the West Bank.
Abbas, who arrived in the Libyan city of Sirte on Thursday, was to lay out his position on whether to continue US-backed

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