"The biggest challenge to the effort is choosing the parties to the negotiation. The Taliban have so far completely sidelined the Afghan government and have indicated that they only want to talk with the United States."
Afghans have reacted in shock and dismay to the case of a 15-year-old child bride brutally tortured by her husband and his family in a bid to force the youngster into a life of prostitution. The outcry has raised questions on women's rights progress more than a decade after the end of the Taliban's rule and prompted Afghan President Hamid Karzai to form an investigative committee.
"Sudan's first national elections since 1986 are set for next week. To put it lightly, these elections are facing something of a credibility problem. Opposition parties have been restricted in their ability to campaign; the main opposition party has chosen to boycott the elections; and Sudan's president threatened to cut off the fingers of election monitors dispatched by the Carter Center."
The man who became the face of UN climate negotiations leading up to the December Copenhagen climate summit announced that he will retire in July. Now, the race is on to replace Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ... Conventional wisdom suggests that the next climate chief will come from the developing world, since each of the last three were Westerners.