- - Monday, July 18, 2011

INDIA

Clinton in India for security talks

NEW DELHI — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in India for security and counterterrorism talks as the two countries try to broaden their relationship and manage mutual concerns about Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mrs. Clinton, who arrived in New Delhi late Monday, will spend Tuesday in discussions with senior Indian officials. The talks are a new round of U.S.-India strategic dialogue established last year to deepen ties between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

Officials traveling with Mrs. Clinton said the talks would focus primarily on U.S. plans in Afghanistan, India’s strained ties with archrival neighbor Pakistan and economic and trade issues.

The Obama administration is keen to allay Indian concerns of resurgence in Islamic extremism following the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan that began this month, the officials said.

Mrs. Clinton is expected to outline the drawdown strategy and stress that the United States will not support Afghan reconciliation with insurgents unless it is inclusive and protects the rights of minority groups, religions and women, the officials said.

SOUTH AFRICA

Nelson Mandela celebrates 93rd birthday

JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela spent his 93rd birthday with friends and relatives in his rural hometown Monday, as South Africans paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon through song and community service projects.

Millions of South African schoolchildren began their day by singing a special version of “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Mandela, leading worldwide chorus of birthday wishes.

South African President Jacob Zuma also paid a visit to Mr. Mandela in his home village of Qunu, some 600 miles south of Johannesburg.

Photos released of Mr. Mandela show him smiling broadly while sitting in a yellow arm chair surrounded by relatives. Another features him with family and former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, near a large cake with his image on it.

PAKISTAN

Taliban execute policemen on Internet video

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