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Six-party talks stall on North Korea’s nuclear program

SEOUL – China does not back efforts by Washington and Seoul to punish North Korea at the United Nations for its uranium enrichment programme and wants six-party talks to deal with the issue, a top South Korean envoy said on Saturday. International disagreement over how to deal with the North’s…

US’s new Egypt envoy linked to Mubarak regime

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday defended the choice of veteran diplomat Frank Wisner to head a mission to Egypt even though he works for a firm with past work for President Hosni Mubarak’s government. Wisner was at the center of controversy Saturday when he suggested that Mubarak should…

Holbrooke’s last words: ‘You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan’

UPDATE: The Washington Post has elaborated on its report that veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke’s last words called for an end to the war in Afghanistan. According to the Post, Holbrooke was reportedly joking around with a doctor when he made the comment. As Dr. Jehan El-Bayoumi was attending to Holbrooke…

Veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies

WASHINGTON — Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, 69, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died after undergoing surgery after suffering a torn aorta, US media reported. President Barack Obama had told members of Holbrooke’s family at a diplomatic holiday reception at the State Department just hours earlier:…

Historical first: US envoy to attend Hiroshima ceremony

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that US President Barack Obama “thought it appropriate” to recognize Japan’s atomic bomb anniversary as he wants to rid the world of nuclear arms. The United States, 65 years after a mushroom cloud rose over Hiroshima, will for the first time send an…

Palestinians question US on reviving peace talks

CAIRO (AP) – The Palestinians have asked the Obama administration to clarify a U.S. envoy's proposal to restart long-stalled peace talks with Israel indirectly by shuttling between the two sides, the Palestinian president said Saturday.…

Caucasus extremists ‘vanquished’: Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday that extremists in the restive North Caucasus region had been “vanquished” and the fight now was against corruption and poverty. “The state must prove it is capable of guaranteeing security and must make a breakthrough in the economic and social development in North…

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