Longest US-Taliban Peace Talks See 'Progress' in Qatar

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation in conflicts resolution, Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majid Al-Qahtanithe, mediates talks between the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Deputy Commander of the Taliban Movement for Political Affairs, Mulla Abdul Ghani Berader, in an undisclosed place in Doha, Qatar. Pakistan's foreign minister said Tuesday March 12, 2019, in a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad, that "progress has been made" at ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the U.S., which have stretched over two weeks in Qatar.


Czech foreign minister: Emails hacked by foreign state

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Lubomir Zaoralek says that the January cyberattack was sophisticated and experts believe it was done by a foreign state. He didn't specify the country, but said it was similar to the theft of Democratic National Committee emails.


Arab Foreign Ministers Meet in Cairo Over Jerusalem

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It was not immediately clear what the foreign ministers will decide on in terms of concrete measures to counter Trump's decision, but Arab diplomats have spoken of submitting a draft resolution condemning the move to the U.N. Security Council and unspecified measures touching bilateral ties between Arab League member states and Washington.


UK Foreign Minister Calls Iran Official Over Detained Woman

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"The Foreign Secretary expressed concern at the suggestion from the Iranian Judiciary High Council for Human Rights that his remarks last week at the Foreign Affairs Committee'shed new light' on the case," the Foreign Office said in a statement. "The Foreign Secretary said this was absolutely not true. It was clear, as it always had been, that Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been in Iran on holiday when arrested."


Japan to require foreign workers to submit medical certificates

The Japan Times

Such foreign workers will be required to receive confirmation by doctors that they are capable of working in a stable and continuous manner after undergoing checks on blood pressure levels and other conditions as well as tuberculosis testing, the sources said. Forms for the medical certificates will be available on the ministry's website in 11 languages, including Japanese, English and Vietnamese. These certificates will be required to be submitted to an immigration agency that the government is set to establish next month by upgrading the ministry's Immigration Bureau. Japan is scheduled to introduce the new visas next month in an effort to accept more foreign workers amid serious labor shortages. The ministry has received calls for limiting foreign people allowed to work in Japan under the new visas to those that are healthy.