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Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani says his country's relationship with the U.S. is on a positive trajectory and is stronger than it has been than at any other point since the Osama bin Laden raid in May 2011. (Associated Press)

Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani seeks increased U.S. pressure on India

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani diplomat in Washington says he is optimistic about prospects for peace in Afghanistan after the U.S. troop pullout, but asserts that the Obama administration could and should be doing more to foster peace in South Asia by pressuring India to embrace economic and counterterrorism overtures from Islamabad.

"My father's approach to the most brutal and unambiguous social injustices during the civil rights struggle was rooted in nonviolence as a morally and tactically correct response," Martin Luther King III said in an interview with The Washington Times. "In no way do I, nor would my father, condone any 'ends justify the means' behavior." (Associated Press)

Martin Luther King III sees Ferguson riots, violence against police as setbacks

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: On the holiday commemorating his father’s epic civil rights legacy, Martin Luther King III says he is dismayed by recent violence against police, the destructive protests in Ferguson and the trashing of a U.Va. fraternity falsely accused of sexual assault because they don’t reflect his father’s own approach to advocate for change peacefully.

Greek Cypriots cast a suspicious eye on the Cypriot gas pipeline project, as the EU selected a plan that went out of its way to exclude Turkish participation. (associated press)

Cypriot union threatened by dispute over oil and gas rights

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A top official from the Turkish north of Cyprus says the Greek Cypriot government has jeopardized a delicate peace process between the two long-divided sides by pursuing “hegemony” over oil and gas exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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Ozdil Nami, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times

Minister sees breakthrough 'in months' for long-split Cyprus

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top diplomat from the Turkish-controlled side of Cyprus says the core differences between the divided island's Turkish and Greek communities could be resolved in a "matter of months," putting Cyprus' reunification in reach for the first time in four decades.

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl says the Catholic Church, under Pope Francis, is focusing on how to "Live the Gospel," especially in a world of extreme inequality. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Cardinal Wuerl hits U.N. report on Catholic sex abuse scandal

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, a longtime advocate for victims of pedophile priests, took aim this week at a recent U.N. commission report on the Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, saying it failed to recognize the progress the church has made in the past decade.

Speaking out: Lukman Faily, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, says the Obama administration is not as engaged in his country's future as was the Bush administration, but adds that sectarian divisions are not about to erupt into civil war. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Iraqi ambassador slams Obama, praises Bush

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor.

ON THE HUNT: Dan Schneider, who has helped officials fill key federal positions, said, "I looked for the most aggressive, effective conservatives who will fight against the Obama agenda within the belly of Obama's federal beast." (Sean Sheridan/American Conservative Union)

New ACU director takes aim at debt, poverty, big government

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The American Conservative Union's newly named executive director is setting an ambitious strategy, hoping to motivate and provide tools to conservatives that will help them reverse the growth of government, the mounting national debt and the spreading poverty he believes threaten the foundation of America's freedoms.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs visited Capitol Hill to pitch her idea for independent species research. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Texas calls for aid to put science into the Endangered Species Act

- The Washington Times

SOLUTION MAKERS: A top Texas official says it's time to improve the science that determines which animals get listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, calling on Congress to create a $50 million fund for independent research that also would factor in the economic damage to communities when a species is designated for protection.

Newsmaker interview with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Texas comptroller hits GOP for alienating women

- The Washington Times

The top elected woman in Texas gave the Republican Party a tongue-lashing Wednesday, saying her party showed in this week's off-year elections that it can be clueless when it comes to connecting with women voters.