China Begins Mediation Bid to Ease Afghanistan-Pakistan Tensions

China has formally initiated a mediation bid to ease Afghanistan’s tensions with Pakistan and to encourage the two uneasy neighbors to jointly work for countering terrorism and promoting regional peace. Beijing’s diplomatic offensive comes as relations between Islamabad and Kabul have deteriorated in the past two years over mutual allegations of sponsoring terrorist attacks on …

British Parliament’s Email Network Hit by ‘Sustained’ Cyberattack

Britain’s Parliament was investigating a “sustained and determined” cyberattack on its email user accounts Saturday. Parliamentary officials said the attack seemed designed to identify weak email passwords. As a precaution, remote email access for MPs was disabled, said a statement released by the House of Commons. “Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence …

US Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan Steps Down

The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan has stepped down. Laurel Miller left the office Friday without a replacement being named. The departure of the special envoy comes at the same time the U.S. is preparing to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan in its continued fight against the Taliban insurgency. Politico, the news …