As the Pakistani government and the nation’s Taliban organization planned starting peace talks earlier this week, much confusion and doubt has grown over the government’s failure of meeting for the first time Tuesday. Any such talks have been postponed. While as the Taliban and the Pakistan government have improved moves towards peace talks, reports say the United States have dramatically curtailed their drone strikes in the nation of Pakistan.
Also: In regards to the Taliban, Afghanistan’s Karzai has been in secret talks with the organization for possible peace talks.
Syria has missed another serious deadline on 5 February where the government said they were to hand over all their chemical weapons by then. The move has threatened a goal of destroying the stockpile by 30 June. Syria’s ally Russia has however backed the government and said there is a shipment coming.
Also: Russia confirms Syria government, opposition will be at the next round of Geneva talks
Ukraine’s protests and unrest continue as President Yanukovich returns to work after leaving due to an illness. The next bout of conflict includes the opposition looking to curtail the President’s powers.
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