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Sharif Says He Wants Serious Peace Talks

Rachel Oswald/Global Security Newswire

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he wants to hold serious peace talks with India.  Of particular concern to Mr. Sharif is ending the arms race between the two countries, which he described as unfortunate.


Factory Safety Deals in Bangladesh

Sarah Butler/The Guardian

In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, three separate deals to improve safety conditions are in place.  There are questions whether the different initiatives can collaborate to create a common set of standards.


Slowdown in College Tuition Price Increases

Mary Beth Marklein/USA Today

Tuition prices at four-year public universities rose by 2.9% this year, the smallest increase in more than three decades.  Tuition this fall averaged $8,893.


Saudis Disregard US

Glen Carey/Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia will continue to support Syrian rebels, despite US efforts to ensure that rebel aid does not fall into the hands of Islamists.  The announcement does not mean a breakdown in Saudi-US relations a Saudi official explained.


Russia Downgrades Greenpeace Activists’ Charges

The Telegraph

Russia has dropped the piracy charges against 30 people involved in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling.   Instead, the Greenpeace activists will be charged with hooliganism, which has a maximum jail sentence of 7 years.


Merkel Calls Obama


After receiving information that the US may have spied on her phone, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama.  President Obama told Chancellor Merkel that the US was not monitoring her communications.


Iran’s Conservatives Call for a Boycott

Kambiz Foroohar/Businessweek

Iranian conservatives are calling for a boycott of the country’s nuclear talks with world powers.  This is in response to comment made by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that “Deception is part of the DNA.”


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China Looks West

Farhad Mirzadeh

China has initiated its own gold rush, prompting development in Western regions in hopes of finding wealth and prosperity.


Event Report: Segii Bondarchuk on Ukraine’s relations with the EU, its Military Security, and Energy Security

Brendan Zehner

Ukrainian businessman and civic activist, Sergii Bondarchuk spoke to ASP on Tuesday, October 22 about Ukraine and the country’s future.

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