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Talks underway with protesters to resolve matter amicably: Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said on Thursday said negotiations were underway with the protesters to resolve the matter amicably. "The nation will soon hear good news in this regard," he said in a confident tone while addressing the National Assembly session adding that the government did not want use of force against the protestors. He, however, said that no compromise would be made on the writ of the state and dictation of any sort would not be accepted. The minister of state…

North Korea says willing to hold talks with US and halt nuclear pursuit while negotiations last: South

SEOUL: North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are under way, South Korea said on Tuesday after a delegation returned from the North where it met leader Kim Jong Un. North and South Korea, still technically at war but enjoying a sharp easing in tension since the Winter Olympics in the South last month, will also hold their first summit in more than a decade next month at the border village of Panmunjom, the head of the delegation,…

No solution for Aleppo without negotiations, say EU, UN

ROME: Top EU and UN diplomats warned on Saturday that there could be no victory in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo without negotiations aimed at ensuring a viable future for the war-torn country. “You can win a war but you can lose the peace,” said Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, at a conference on the Mediterranean region in Rome. “Who is interested in winning a war in Syria and getting at a price a country that is divided, armed, full of terrorists... isolated in the international…

Nigeria confirms release of 21 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Boko Haram

ABUJA: Boko Haram have released 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 in the northern town of Chibok, the Nigerian government said on Thursday. "The release of the girls...is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government," a presidency statement said. "The negotiations will continue." Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in April 2014. Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 are…