Dec 23, 2014

Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week

Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week, the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and the West. Ukrainian ...

Dec 15, 2014

Syrian army recaptures territory north of Aleppo in fierce fighting

Syria’s army seized an area north of Aleppo on Sunday and killed insurgents as fierce battles raged over the strategic territory, a group monitoring the war and state media reported. Syria’s second city is at the heart of clashes between pro-government forces and a ...

War-torn Ukraine to test sweeping new cease-fire

Dec 9, 2014

War-torn Ukraine to test sweeping new cease-fire

Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents prepared to put to the test a comprehensive truce on Tuesday aimed at calming an upsurge of violence that has further eroded trust between Moscow and the West. Local authorities on Monday reported the deaths of at least 12 civilians ...

Ukraine, rebels announce Dec. 9 cease-fire

Dec 5, 2014

Ukraine, rebels announce Dec. 9 cease-fire

Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels said on Thursday they had agree to halt fire across the eastern war zone on Dec. 9 under the terms of a Kremlin-brokered truce. President Petro Poroshenko said the terms of the new cease-fire were already included in an ...

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 ...