The Iraqi government said Friday it has arrested members of a cell believed responsible for Wednesday’s truck bombings in which more than 100 people were killed. Maj. Gen.
Iraq’s foreign minister asked for details about three American citizens arrested in Iran during a meeting with Iran’s ambassador in Baghdad last week, Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari met with Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazimi Qummi on Thursday, the statement said.
The British government should refocus its objectives in Afghanistan and concentrate on one priority: security, a House of Commons committee said in a report released Sunday. The report also criticizes the NATO mission in Afghanistan, saying the lack of a unified vision and strategy is jeopardizing the military alliance’s reputation. Britain has moved away from its initial goals of counterterrorism in Afghanistan and has started working on areas it isn’t able to handle alone, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee said in the report, which examines security in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Financial crisis-stricken Iceland formally applied for European Union membership on Friday, a day after lawmakers narrowly backed a government plan to take the island nation into the economic and political bloc. A copy of the application was submitted to the Swedish government, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement
South Korean and European Union trade officials began an eighth and likely final round of free trade talks on Monday, a South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said.
More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday.
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has picked his party’s secretary-general to hold the difficult and important post of finance minister, he said Tuesday. The announcement came as Tsvangirai announced which ministries his party will hold in a new unity government to be formed with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party this week.