Kabul, June 20 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry called up Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a bid to defuse tensions over opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, an Afghan spokesperson said Wednesday. Washington and Kabul had disagreed over the new Taliban office in Qatari capital city of Doha. Karzai is now expected to continue security talks with the US, which he had suspended in protest over the office, BBC reported
Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) Palestinians "should have a state, not as a reward for good behaviour but as a right", Tony Blair, the official envoy of the Middle East Quartet, said Wednesday. Blair cautioned Israeli leaders that the "window of opportunity" for peace with the Palestinians might close shortly, Xinhua reported. "Some say the two-state solution is a fantasy
Kabul, June 19 (IANS) The Afghan government Wednesday said it has suspended talks with the US on the proposed security agreement, saying America has a contradictory stance over the peace process in the country. "The ongoing fourth round of talks between Afghanistan and the US on the security agreement is suspended. The decision was taken because of US inconsistency in statements and actions in regard to the Afghan peace process," the local TV channel TOLO cited a statement by the Afghan National Security Council as saying.
Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) The US technology giant Cisco plans to open a new research and development center in Israel, the company's CEO John Chambers said during his meeting with Israel's Minister of Finance Yair Lapid.
Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) Spain retained the 2013 UEFA U-21 soccer championship beating Italy 4-2 here at the Teddy Stadium. Spanish captain Thiago Alcantara hit a hat-trick in the first half which ended 3-1 in Spain's favour Tuesday night, reports Xinhua
Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his country would not accept anything less than the total halt of Iranian uranium enrichment. "We cannot accept anything less than a total cessation of all enrichment of nuclear materials at all levels, removal of all enriched nuclear material and a closure of Iran's illicit nuclear facilities," reported Xinhua citing Netanyahu during a meeting with Canadian foreign minister John Baird
Kabul, June 18 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai's appointment of a weakly qualified human rights commission with little public consultation raises concerns about the country's most important rights body, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Kabul, June 17 (IANS) Three civilians were killed and two others wounded Monday when Taliban attacked two trucks in eastern Afghan province of Laghman. "The insurgents ambushed a two-truck convoy in Sang-e-Kalima area of the province Monday, killing three drivers and injuring two others," reported Xinhua citing a statement issued by the provincial government
Kabul, June 17 (IANS) Eleven militants have been killed in three separate operations in Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Sunday.
Jerusalem, June 17 (IANS) The Israeli military commenced a week-long military drill across the country Sunday. The Israeli military said the Air Force will deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries and other aerial defence systems in various locales, reported Xinhua