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Pakistan-India talks are a step toward peace

The world still has plenty of hot spots, but the temperature has dropped a couple degrees in a region that has been an inferno.

Pakistan and India, based on recent reports, have renewed meaningful negotiations about Kashmir. Kashmir, which borders the two countries, is a region that has cost thousands of lives and many times has pushed the neighboring countries to the brink of war.

Both India and Pakistan claim the mountainous region. Adding fuel to the dispute, is the fact that India is predominantly Hindu while Pakistan is Islamic.

The religious split has infected the entire region, leaving Kashmir and India the frequent target of Islamic terrorists.

The most worrisome aspect of the conflict between the two nations is that they both have nuclear weapons. Despite much scolding from the United States, the weapons remain.

Conflict pervades the world, which makes the rare sign of peace all the more noteworthy. When two nuclear powers choose negotiation over war, world peace is a little closer.

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