Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif said an offer of peace talks from the country’s Taliban insurgents should be taken seriously to end militant violence that has ravaged the country for more than a decade.
India and China sought to draw a line under a military standoff along part of their disputed border, agreeing to accelerate talks on a settlement and boost trade that they said would help drive the world economy.
Activists complain that U.S. President Barack Obama, who welcomes Myanmar’s President Thein Sein to the White House this week, is embracing the former general too soon, before he’s proved his reformist bona fides. In fact, Obama is late to the party.
The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a plan shifting about $9.6 billion in this year’s defense budget to priority projects, mostly to pay for greater- than-expected Afghanistan war and transportation costs.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he’s willing to consider taking away the power of military commanders to decide on prosecuting sexual assaults within their ranks, a move some lawmakers have proposed.
President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan presented a joint front against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad even as Obama shies away from deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict, such as sending weapons to the rebels.