India, Pakistan Renew Talks
India's foreign secretary met with his Pakistani counterpart Tuesday in Islamabad for the first high-level talks between the rival neighbors since relations broke down late last year.
Cameras captured India's Subrahmanyan Jaishankar and Pakistan's Aizaz Chaudhry smiling as they shook hands and spoke along with delegations from each country.
Jaishankar was also expected to meet with Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs and national security adviser for Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
India and Pakistan were due to hold talks last August, but India canceled the meeting citing a meeting between Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi and Kashmiri separatists.
Tensions further escalated with several clashes between soldiers of the two countries in Kashmir, an area that has been the subject of two wars between India and Pakistan.
Iraqi Forces Continue Fight to Recapture Tikrit
Iraqi troops and militia fighters continued their offensive against the Islamic State group near Tikrit on Tuesday, as they try to recapture the city that fell to the militants last June.
Ground troops have been advancing on multiple fronts, but military commanders said their progress is being slowed by roadside bombs.
An estimated 30,000 members of Iraq's security forces, Shi'ite militias and Kurdish peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation that also includes airstrikes from Iraq's air force.
A victory in Tikrit would be a geographic stepping stone for Iraqi forces to approach Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that serves as a stronghold and nerve-center for the Islamic State group.
Tikrit is also the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who was executed after his ouster in 2003.