Taliban 'welcome' Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 4, 2015. An Afghan official says a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying government employees in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding more than a dozen. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the minibus was carrying employees of the attorney general's office when it was attacked early Monday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.



French leader oversees Qatar jet deal

Pilot Benoit Flanche performs a manoeuvre in his Dassault Rafale aircraft during a demonstration flight at Halim airport in Jakarta on March 25, 2015French President Francois Hollande sought to boost ties in the Gulf Monday as he oversaw the signing of a warplanes deal with Qatar and headed to Saudi Arabia for a summit. Hollande was to be the first Western head of state to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during the meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. The summit comes at a crucial time for the six-nation GCC, with a Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen, concern over the rise of Islamist militants and regional worries over a potential final nuclear deal with Iran. With Hollande in attendance, the CEO of French aerospace firm Dassault, Eric Trappier, signed the 6.3-billion-euro ($7-billion) deal with Qatari defence officials in Doha.



More work remains to be done in Greek talks, EU says

Greece and its international creditors held constructive talks on Greece's debt crisis over the weekend but more work remains to be done, the European Commission said on Monday. The next opportunity for finance ministers to take stock will be the Eurogroup of May 11," Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told the Commission's daily news briefing. He said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would have a meeting on Monday with former Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras.
Buffett again defends lending standards at Clayton Homes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway's manufactured home unit lends responsibly and he isn't concerned about Clayton Homes' practices.
Spain rescues 21 migrants in boat off south coast

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police intercepted and rescued 21 migrants in a boat off the southern coast early on Monday, a police source said. The men rescued were in good health and all believed to be from north Africa. They were picked up 16 nautical miles south of Cabo de Gata, Almeria. Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing from Libya to Europe at the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, officials said. ...


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