Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

Apr 22, 2016

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday there was “real but modest” progress in the country’s humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold. NATO said an increasingly fragile cease-fire ...

Apr 19, 2016

Syrian regime says Assad's future not up for discussion

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said his team was ...

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardize the local population’s health. More than 200 tons of uranium remain inside the reactor that exploded three ...

Apr 14, 2016

Putin aide Naryshkin eyes Hiroshima visit in June

Sergei Naryshkin, a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is considering visiting Hiroshima during his trip to Japan in June, informed sources said Thursday. Russia is considering providing Japan with photos of Hiroshima taken by the Soviet embassy staff just after the United ...

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

Apr 13, 2016

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

A new round of peace talks to end Syria’s five-year civil war is set to begin in Geneva on Wednesday as a surge in violence in northern Aleppo province threatens a fragile truce. The United Nations-brokered talks are aimed at forming a transitional government ...