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Nepal: CPN-M seeks suspension of Nov 19 polls,conference of parties.

Round table conference among all political sides will be the best course to adopt in order in Nepal.

October 30, 2013 12:43:18 am

Kathmandu: The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M) that leads the 33-party alliance asked the government and four major pro-poll parties to suspend the polls slated for November 19,and host an all side round-table conference to chart out a common position on future politics and ingredients of the Constitution.

“A round table conference among all political sides will be the best course to adopt in order to find a way out to the current political stalemate and we are willing to be flexible on our stand,” CPN-M chairman Mohan Baidhya Kiran said. He asserted the November 19 polls should be suspended to facilitate such a move. YUBARAJ Ghimire

Abbott in Afghanistan,declares end of Australia’s ‘longest war’

melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared the end of his country’s “longest war” on a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

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According to an ABC report,Abbott while speaking at a special ceremony at the Australia-run base in Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province on Tuesday,said “Australia’s longest war is ending. Not with victory,not with defeat,but with,we hope,an Afghanistan that is better for our presence here.”

Describing the war in Afghanistan as complicated and terming troop withdrawal as “bittersweet”,Abbott said,“Bitter because Afghanistan remains a dangerous place despite all that has been done.” PTI

Syria fires Deputy PM who met US officials for ‘overstepping duties’

Beirut: Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister,Qadri Jamil,was dismissed on Tuesday for leaving the country and acting without government permission after meeting met US officials in Switzerland,state media said. Jamil is a member of what President Bashar al-Assad calls the “patriotic opposition”

“Jamil was dismissed because he left his centre of work without prior permission and did not follow up on his duties … Additionally,he undertook activities outside the nation without coordinating with the government,” said a statement posted on Syria TV. US and Middle East officials said he met the former American ambassador to Syria,Robert Ford,on Saturday in Geneva. reuters

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