The Taliban announced the opening of a political office in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday and said they were prepared to talk, raising hopes for a break in long-stalled peace efforts.
An aide to President Dilma Rousseff said officials were hoping to start a dialogue with an increasingly powerful protest movement set off by complaints about bus fares.
| The United States and leaders of other major industrialized nations averted a clash with President Vladimir Putin of Russia by avoiding mention of the most contentious matters that divided them.
| At a joint appearance on the sidelines of the Group of 8 meeting, there was tension but also common ground, to the chagrin of human rights advocates.
The Turkish police arrested dozens of people in several cities early Tuesday as part of an intensifying crackdown against recent protests.