AFRICA: Indian PM Narendra Modi promised USD 10B in credit to back a “partnership of prosperity” and pitching a broad alliance for global reform between India and African nations.
AMERICAS: Ending the US embargo against Cuba is a “Latin American cause”, Argentine Deputy FM Eduardo Zuain said.
ASIA: Australia said it would continue scheduled live-fire naval exercises with China, even after the US sent a warship into disputed South China Sea waters this week.
EUROPE: Chinese and German companies signed far-reaching deals worth tens of billions of dollars during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing.
MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Russia appears to have carried out strikes in the southern Daraa province for the first time in an apparent expansion of its aerial campaign.
TECHNOLOGY: Google will next year step up testing of its Internet-beaming helium balloons after striking deals with three Indonesian mobile network operators.
Syria: International talks begin on war-torn nation, featuring new players
Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will hold the second round of talks on Syria in less than a week, ahead of the larger meeting of regional players, including Iran, on Friday.
Iran takes part in international talks on Syria for the first time this week, giving it a voice in the effort to find a resolution to the more than 4-year-old civil war.
The talks notably will not include members of either the Syrian government or the main groups trying to overthrow it.
The US is working on the assumption Russia’s efforts to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are landing it in a “quagmire,” opening up diplomatic possibilities.
The Saudis and most Western powers see President al-Assad as an obstacle, whereas the Russians and Iranians argue he’s a vital partner.
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