The Latest: Diplomacy mixes with economy at Davos gathering

The latest developments from the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders and top executives are gathered this week. All times local.

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The annual elite economic gathering in the Swiss Alps resort of Davos is about global diplomacy, too.

War and diplomatic tensions from the Mideast to South Asia are high on Thursday's agenda. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and later Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu — all of whom are holding a flurry of talks with other envoys as well.

Britain's David Cameron, China's Vice President Li Yuanchao, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are taking the stage later Thursday at the World Economic Forum.

And U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fresh from talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is joining Davos with a full schedule.