Editors: Following are the foreign news highlights at 1800

hours today:

Thimphu: India and Pakistan appear set to resume theirstalled dialogue after a near-freeze of several months withExternal Affairs Minister S M Krishna announcing that "a solidfoundation" has been laid for a "sustained engagement". (FGN23)

Islamabad: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf''splans to return home to take a plunge in active politicsreceive a setback with Pakistani prosecutors asking a trialcourt to declare him as an "absconder" in the 2007assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto. (FGN 21)

Cairo: The embattled Egyptian regime and theemboldened opposition groups remain deadlocked over thenation''s future as protesters are adamant that President HosniMubarak should step down before progress is made on a deal toinitiate landmark constitutional reforms.(FGN 19)

Islamabad: The controversy over the killing of twoPakistanis by a US consulate employee in Lahore takes a newturn with a media report stating that the dead men werebelieved to be "intelligence operatives". (FGN 16)

Washington: Backing a move for a "representative andresponsive government" in Egypt, US President Barack Obamaplays down the prospects of Muslim Brotherhood taking a majorrole in the new set up in the strife-torn Arab nation. (FGN 7)PTI

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