Hong Kong govt to open talks with democracy protesters next week

Hong Kong`s government has said it will open talks with student demonstrators on Tuesday, after three nights of violent clashes between police and protesters who have paralysed parts of the city with mass pro-democracy rallies.

Talks begin to resolve political impasse in North Ireland

Talks to end a political stalemate in Northern Ireland got under way on Thursday, with British Prime Minister David Cameron urging all sides to work "constructively".

Hong Kong leader reopens offer of talks with students

Hong Kong`s embattled leader reopened his offer of talks with student leaders Thursday a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending weeks of mass democracy rallies.

Hong Kong calls off talks with student activists as city leader probed

 Hong Kong called off talks with protesting students on Thursday, dealing a heavy blow to attempts to defuse a political crisis that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets to demand free elections and calling for leader Leung Chun-ying to resign. 

Hong Kong protest numbers dwindle as talks make slow progress

 Small knots of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong`s streets Tuesday after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and some students returned to school to study for exams.

Australia, China hail `strong` relationship ahead of talks

 Australia`s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop welcomed her Chinese counterpart to Sydney Sunday, saying the two nations were "on track" to sign a free-trade agreement this year strengthening their relationship.

BJP attacks Omar for questioning Centre's decision to call off talks

BJP in Kashmir on Monday hit out at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for questioning the Centre's decision to call off the talks with Pakistan.

Israel air strike kills two in Gaza after Egypt calls talks

An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians in Gaza Sunday as militants kept up rocket fire, a day after an Egyptian call for an open-ended ceasefire to enable new truce talks.

Pakistan`s Khan calls off talks to end protest impasse

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan Thursday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.

Ukraine leader says hew four-way talks with Putin Monday

Ukraine`s new leader said German Chancellor Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande will join him in a further phone conference with Russia`s Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Ukraine phone talks between leaders last over two hours

French president Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke for "over two hours" with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts Sunday, the Elysee said, with the latest ceasefire deadline in Ukraine looming.

Moscow endorses Ukraine`s Medvedchuk in talks

Russia has given its backing to a Ukrainian politician blacklisted by the United States to act as a negotiator in talks aimed at ending violence in eastern Ukraine.

Iraqi parties pursue talks that could oust Maliki over insurgency

Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki`s divisive rule after a top Shi`ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country.

China`s Xi holds talks with Myanmar president

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar`s leader Thein Sein held talks Friday as the relationship between the Asian giant and the longtime international pariah adapts to dramatic political changes.

Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande to continue talks Thursday: Kiev

A crunch round of telephone diplomacy between Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will continue Thursday, Kiev said.

Russia must take `concrete` steps to end Ukraine crisis: Kerry

Russia must take "concrete" steps to resolve the Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, warning Moscow could easily reinstate its parliament approval for military intervention.

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for Iraq talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks about the crisis in Iraq.

EU sees progress in US data protection talks

The EU on Wednesday said the US had taken an "important step" in ongoing privacy protection talks by pledging new legislation to allow Europeans to sue over improper use of their personal data.

India, Pak revive "back channel" talks: Jilani

India and Pakistan have revived "back channel" talks to address terrorism and other issues following the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting last month, Pakistan`s Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani said today.

Next round of P5+1 and Iran talks in Vienna on July 2

The next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries (comprising the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany) would be held in Vienna on July 2, a top US diplomat has said.