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AFGHANISTAN: 3 leaders pressure Taliban

The leaders of Britain, Afghanistan and Pakistan pushed on Monday for the Taliban to come to the table for peace talks to end Afghanistan's protracted conflict and gave themselves a six-month deadline to get a deal. British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's President Asif Zardari for trilateral talks in London on Afghanistan's peace process.


MALI: 2 fleeing Islamists captured

Tuareg rebels in the north said Monday they had captured two senior Islamist insurgents fleeing French airstrikes toward Algeria. Pro-autonomy Tuareg MNLA rebels said their patrol seized Mohamed Moussa Ag Mohamed, an Islamist leader who imposed harsh Sharia law in Timbuktu, and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed, thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of a Frenchman by al-Qaida splinter group MUJWA.


IRAQ: Bomb kills 22 pro-gov't militia

A suicide bomber attacked a government-backed militia Monday, killing22 people in an apparent attempt by Sunni insurgents to provoke unrest against Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The bomber, in civilian clothes, infiltrated a meeting of Sahwa tribal fighters and detonated his explosives as they picked up their pay in Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad, police said. It was the seventh suicide bombing in a month in Iraq.


MYANMAR: Accord reached with rebels

The government reached an agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels Monday to work to end a bloody conflict that has cast a shadow over the progress in moving away from decades of repressive military rule. After seven hours of talks in southern China, the Kachin Independence Organization and the government's Central Peace Committee agreed to invite observers to their next meeting. The Kachin are the last major ethnic rebel group to reach a truce with President Thein Sein's regime, which came to power in 2011 elections.

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