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WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn't make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration's fears about upending its diplomatic momentum.
By Charlie Dunmore BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Youth unemployment is a major threat to peace and security in Liberia which, unless addressed, could see the return of conflict to the West African country following a decade of peace, the president said. On a visit to Brussels to highlight the challenges facing fragile states, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said more needed to be done to help young Liberians affected by 14 years of on-off civil war that ended in 2003. According to the United Nations, young people account for about 65 percent of Liberia's population of 4.1 million, and youth unemployment is estimated as high as 85 percent. "Peace and security in Liberia is still an issue because of the young unemployed, and until we can address that, there's always hanging over us the chance that there may be a resumption of conflict," she said during an interview with Reuters.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Ottoman Turks never expanded their empire as far as today's Pakistan, but some here fear their descendants are now launching a cultural invasion — via popular soap operas that Pakistani artists and politicians say threaten the local TV industry and the country's conservative Islamic values.
European Union observers and the United Nation's mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Monday praised the West African nation's weekend legislative election, despite low turnout and some voting abuses. Sunday's vote was largely peaceful except for a few incidents in the north that were unlikely to affect the outcome, EU election observation chief Louis Michel said in a statement. Bert Koenders, MINUSMA's head, said the election campaign and voting took place in accordance with Malian law and met the mission's expectations.
The United States and Russia threw their full weight behind long-delayed Syria peace talks that the UN said finally would be held January 22, though it was not yet clear whether key sponsors of the warring sides would attend. "We haven't established a list yet," UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. That left open the participation of Saudi Arabia, seen as a major sponsor the majority Sunni Muslim rebels, and Iran, which steadfastly back the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is dominated by Alawites derived from Islam's Shiite current. "These two countries will certainly be among the possible participants," Brahimi said after closed-door talks in Geneva with US and Russian officials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up while making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the Senate.