Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Cuba talks set for next week

HAVANA - A U.S. senator says the next round of negotiations on restoring full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington.

He and other members of a Democratic congressional delegation to Cuba expressed guarded optimism today that the two sides would be able to resolve issues surrounding the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana.

Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McKaskill of Missouri and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota made their first trip to Cuba over the weekend. Ms. Klobuchar is sponsoring a bill to lift the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.

"We look with hope and expectations to the meetings next week in Washington between the Cuban government and the American State Department to make progress," Mr. Warner told reporters in Havana this morning.

Indonesia postpones transfer for executions

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia has postponed the transfer of six convicted drug smugglers, including five foreigners, to a prison island for execution due to technical problems and to allow the two Australians among them to spend more time with their families, an official said today.

They are among eight convicts who are facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency.

Authorities had said Monday that the eight would be moved this week to Nusa Kambangan prison off the main island of Java.

Pakistan bomber kills five

LAHORE, Pakistan - A suicide bomber trying to enter a police complex in eastern Pakistan killed five people today, officials said, in a rare attack on the relatively peaceful city of Lahore.

The city is the power base of Pakistan's prime minister. The bombing claimed by a Pakistani Taliban splinter group further destabilizes a country already struggling to deal with its militancy problems following the assault on a school in December that killed 150 people and horrified the country.

Initial reports suggested a man on foot ran toward the gate of one of the main police buildings in Lahore and blew himself up, Lahore police chief Amin Wains said. …

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