Russian-backed Syria talks derailed as rebels boycott

By Maria Tsvetkova and Raushan Nurshayeva MOSCOW/ASTANA, Mar 14 : Russian-led peace talks on Syria were derailed today as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated there were international divisions over the process. Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, said the rebels’ reasons for […]

Four-country talks on Taliban to begin in Pakistan * Four-nation talks to start Monday in Islamabad * Taliban not expected to attend talks * Afghanistan suffered bloody year in 2015

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 : Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will begin talks tomorrow aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting Taliban insurgents. Senior officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad at 1030 IST tomorrow Pakistan’s foreign office said in a […]