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Italy has mounted an exhibition of Islamic artworks in the city of Milan, which features pieces from the dawn of Islam until the modern era.

Afghanistans new peace council said on Thursday it would be willing to make concessions to bring insurgents to the negotiating table, and called for Saudi Arabias help in mediating peace talks.

The Israeli premier says Tel Avivs illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian lands do not constitute an obstacle to talks with the Palestinians.

Former Irish President Mary Robinson, chairing a delegation of global Elders visiting the Gaza Strip, has called the situation in the territory "shocking."

Pakistan has criticized the decision of Nobel Peace Prize Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 to jailed Chinese Liu Xiaobo.

The Pakistani prime minister says efforts by the Afghan government to make peace with the Taliban would fail without the assistance of the government in Islamabad.

Norway said Monday that China has called off a meeting with the Norwegian fisheries minister just days after Beijing warned that the Nobel Peace Prize award to a jailed Chinese dissident would harm relations between the countries.

Irans foreign minister has condemned US-backed sanctions against Tehran, saying the implementation of such punitive measures only harm the image of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says Iran seeks to forge friendly ties with its neighbors and wants to work together with them to enhance security and establish peace in the region.

A top aide to Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said that it was impossible to have a “serious peace process” with the current Israeli government.

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