Attacks on polio teams in northwest Pakistan Friday killed a polio worker and two policemen assigned to protect one of the teams,police and a government official said. In both attacks,gunmen fled the scene after the killings. No group claimed responsibility,but Pakistani militants have killed over a dozen polio workers and police protecting them over the past year.
Iran halts n-talks after US blacklist move: Media<\b>
Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with major powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions,state media reported. The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the P5+1 for consultations in Tehran, a negotiator told the IRNA news agency.
Iraqi officials: 22 escape from Baghdad jail<\b>
Iraqi officials said 22 suspects facing terrorism charges had escaped from a jail in northern Baghdad after killing a security guard. Two senior security officials said a manhunt for the prisoners resulted in the killing of one and the arrest of 13 others. Eight are still at large. The officials said the detainees killed the guard and escaped early Friday by a backdoor at the detention centre in Baghdads al-Adela prison.
Pak making every effort for talks with Taliban<\b>
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has said the government is making every effort to have peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban,but warned that action will be taken against the militant group if negotiations fail. Hussain,while addressing a business convention here,said the government was keen on peace talks with the Taliban in whatever way possible. But if all our efforts fail,then we will have to take action against them, he warned.
Typhoon Haiyan deaths in Philippines cross 6,000<\b>
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck the central Philippines on November 8 has passed 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing,officials said Friday. Twenty-seven bodies,all unidentified,were among the latest to be recovered under debris in typhoon-stricken coastal areas including the hardest hit city of Tacloban,said Major Reynaldo Balido,the spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.