School shelling deaths in Donetsk hurt Ukraine peace hopes

Nov 7, 2014

School shelling deaths in Donetsk hurt Ukraine peace hopes

The shelling of a high school in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk has chilled even the battle-hardened in this weary nation. The killing of two teenagers as they were playing soccer after lunch Wednesday is a stark reminder that the cease-fire agreed upon in ...

Ukraine clashes test truce as Russian opposition stages protests

Sep 22, 2014

Ukraine clashes test truce as Russian opposition stages protests

Ukraine’s truce was tested by battles between government forces and separatists as Russia’s opposition held a peace march to protest President Vladimir Putin’s policy in the neighboring country. The government in Kiev and the rebels traded accusations of cease-fire violations even after they agreed ...

Ukraine cease-fire mostly holding: U.S.

Sep 10, 2014

Ukraine cease-fire mostly holding: U.S.

The United States said Tuesday the cease-fire in Ukraine was “mostly holding,” adding that conditions on the ground would be a factor as it mulls imposing additional sanctions against Russia in “the next few days.” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the cease-fire agreed ...

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Aug 15, 2014

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But with the sides’ demands still seemingly irreconcilable, that optimism may be premature ...

Aug 6, 2014

Jordan circulates revised, Palestinian-backed U.N. resolution on Gaza

Jordan circulated a revised U.N. resolution Tuesday calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza and condemning “all violence and hostilities against civilians.” Jordan’s new U.N. ambassador, Dina Kawar, said the draft resolution, backed by the Palestinians and Arab nations, was submitted to the Security ...

Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

Aug 5, 2014

Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

The Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a monthlong war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official said, signaling an end to the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies is finally approaching. The ...

Kerry says he's not worried by criticism in Israel

Jul 30, 2014

Kerry says he's not worried by criticism in Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas do not worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked him ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

Jul 22, 2014

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas ...