DUSHANBE -- Senior officials from China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran agreed on Thursday to step up communication and coordination on the Afghan issue.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister Seyed Rasoul Mousavi reached the consensus at an informal meeting on Afghanistan in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. (China-Afghan issue)
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ALGIERS -- Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika died on Friday aged 84, reported the state-run television ENTV, quoting a statement from the presidency. (Algiers-Former President)
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military admitted on Friday that a U.S. drone strike in late August in Kabul of Afghanistan killed as many as 10 civilians, including 7 children.
"Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by interagency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike," Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing. (U.S. Strike-Civilian Deaths-Afghanistan)
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PARIS -- France has decided to recall its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations after Canberra scrapped a deal to acquire French-designed submarines and decided instead to invest in U.S. nuclear-powered submarines.
"At the request of the President of the Republic, I decided to immediately recall to Paris for consultations our two ambassadors in the United States and Australia. This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on Sept. 15 by Australia and the United States," said French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in a statement on Friday. (France-U.S.-Australia-Submarine Row)