Afghan leader in Qatar to discuss peace talks Iraqi imam killed in attack Rebel leader appoints CAR cabinet Tibet mudslide buries 83 Bird flu kills 2 in China
DOHA, Qatar -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with the emir of Qatar in Doha Sunday to discuss the possible opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state.
The move could foster peace negotiations with the Islamic fundamentalist movement in a bid to stem violence as foreign combat forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
The Qatar News Agency said Karzai met with the emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and other senior government officials on Sunday. He also held talks with Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan during a tour of an Islamic art museum in Doha.
The report didn't give details, but Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai has said the talks would include the peace process and the opening of a Taliban office.
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say gunmen killed an imam and two others outside a sweets shop in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
A police officer said the assailants gunned down the preacher, Sheik Talib Zuwayid of the al-Baraa mosque, along with his nephew and another man during the Sunday attack. A health official confirmed the deaths and said another man was injured.
Residents said Zuwayid was one of the organizers of weekly Sunni demonstrations against the Shiite-led government that have been taking place for the past three months. The police officer, however, said it was unclear if the killings were related to the protests.
BANGUI, Central African Republic -- A rebel leader who proclaimed himself president of the Central African Republic after his fighters invaded the capital has appointed a new cabinet.
New minister of information Christophe Gazam Betty announced the makeup of the new government on national radio late Sunday. It includes both rebels and civilians.
The Seleka rebel movement began its advance on the capital in December before agreeing to peace talks with the government of President Francois Bozize. The deal signed in January allowed Bozize to finish his term in return for a number of concessions.
The deal was broken this month when rebel leader Michel Djotodia led fighters into Bangui, forcing Bozize to flee.
Djotodia named himself president despite an international outcry.
BEIJING -- Authorities in Tibet said Sunday that chances were slim that any survivors would be found after a massive mudslide at a gold mine buried 83 workers in piles of earth up to 30 meters deep.
The workers were buried when mud, rock and debris swept through the mine in Gyama village in Maizhokunggar County and covered an area measuring around 1!-W square miles.
By Sunday evening, searchers had found 13 bodies and were searching for the remaining 70 missing workers, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.
The miners worked for Huatailong Mining Development, a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise and the country's largest gold producer. Beijing said the cause of the disaster has yet to be fully investigated, although state media say the mudslide was caused by a "natural disaster," without giving specifics.
BEIJING -- Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn't clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website.
There was no sign that any of the three, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the medical agency said.
H7N9 bird flu is considered a low pathogenic strain that cannot easily be contracted by humans. The overwhelming majority of human deaths from bird flu have been caused by the more virulent H5N1, which decimated poultry stocks across Asia in 2003.