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The two countries have a tangled relationship dating to a 1962 border war, unresolved territorial disputes and competing efforts to take leadership across the vast continent. They also are vying for energy sources to supply their growing economies and huge populations.

China’s Liang Guanglie and India’s A.K. Antony agreed to restart joint exercises frozen in 2010 after Beijing denied a visa to an Indian general who worked in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the Himalayan-controlled region jointly claimed by Pakistan.

They also decided to hold high-level official exchanges, conduct joint maritime search-and-rescue exercises and strengthen anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia, where pirate attacks pose a threat to shipping.

Dates for the exercises were not set.


Peace talks to open in Oslo next month

BOGOTA — Peace talks will begin next month between Colombia’s government and largest rebel group in a bid to end Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

The talks “will begin in Oslo in the first half of October” before moving to Havana afterward, Mr. Santos said, adding that the talks “will be measured in months, not years.”

During the peace talks the army will keep up operations against the guerrillas, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and there will be no demilitarized zone set up, as was the case during the last talks a decade ago, the president said in an address to the nation.

Mr. Santos said these points feature in an agenda agreed to by the rebels in preliminary talks.


25 mourners killed in suicide bombing

KABUL — A suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.

Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack took place Tuesday in the village of Shagai in the Durbaba district of eastern Nangarhar province. He and other officials said at least 25 people were killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but there has been fighting against Taliban and other insurgents in the mountainous region located just across the border from some of Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.

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