World briefs: Karzai meets Pakistan's PM

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ISLAMABAD -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Monday with Pakistan's prime minister and won a pledge of support for carrying out a joint campaign against militancy, jump-starting peace talks with the Taliban and improving economic ties.

The visit, Mr. Karzai's first to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was elected in May, was important symbolically. And a decision to extend talks into a second day suggested that the discussions were substantive.

Afghanistan has long held that Taliban militants who attack its territory find safe havens in northwest Pakistan. Many analysts also believe elements within Pakistan's powerful military establishment encourage insurgents as a way to bolster the country's influence in the region, a contention Islamabad strongly denies.

Offer for Egypt accord

CAIRO -- Two former militant groups offered to call off street protests if the government agrees to ease its pressure on Islamists, a move that underscores how a onetime strong Islamist movement is now bowing to an unprecedented crackdown by security authorities.

The proposal comes after the military rounded up hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other Islamists in the wake of the country's worst bout of violence, which followed the Aug. 14 clearing of two sprawling sit-in camps housing protesters calling for the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader.

The crackdown continued Monday, as the state news agency announced the arrest of former youth minister and senior Brotherhood member Osama Yassin. Meanwhile, scattered anti-military protests took place across the country.

Another India gang-rape

NEW DELHI -- The Mumbai police arrested all the five suspects accused of raping a young photographer as a similar attack on a female officer in eastern India reignited an angry debate about the safety of women in the country.

The crime in India's financial capital triggered street protests and an outpouring of anger as the South Asian country prepares to hold national elections by May. Jharkhand police said Saturday that one of their female officers was pulled out of a car and gang-raped by bandits last week.

Japan 'emergency' actions

TOKYO -- Japan's government will lead "emergency measures" to tackle radioactive water spills at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant -- wresting control of the disaster recovery from the plant's heavily criticized operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. -- Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters Monday in Fukushima.

More than two years after the March 2011 nuclear disaster, Tokyo Electric's recovery effort has taken a turn for the worse. Japan's nuclear regulator last week questioned the company's ability to deal with the crisis.

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Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June -- an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise -- he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday. ... Tens of thousands of Filipinos protested in Manila on Monday, outraged over accusations that an estimated $141 million in public money had been diverted into the coffers of politicians and their associates.

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