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EU to 'suspend' Colombia's FARC from terror list: official

Brussels - The European Union has decided to "suspend" Colombia's FARC rebel group from its terror group list, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

EU to halt sanctions against Colombia's FARC: sources

Brussels - The EU is preparing to suspend sanctions against Colombia's FARC rebel group as soon as it signs a historic peace deal with the government later Monday, European sources said.

Russia accuses Kiev over MH17 ahead of Dutch probe release

Moscow - Russia on Monday sought to deflect blame over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, accusing Kiev just days before the results of a Dutch criminal probe into the mass-killing are released.

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Ramallah - Facebook apologised Monday after temporarily disabling accounts linked to two Palestinian news sites critical of Israel, a move that drew concern over potential online censorship.

Palestinians condemn Trump vow on Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Ramallah - Palestinian leaders Monday accused Donald Trump of abandoning any hope of a two-state solution after the Republican candidate said he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital if he won the US presidential election.

Covering Syria through hunger and fear

Aleppo - For Karam al-Masri, AFP's reporter, photographer and videojournalist in rebel-held Aleppo, the past five years have been a series of tragedies: detention by the regime, and then the Islamic State group, the death of his parents in an air strike, the si...

Moscow slams US, UK for 'unacceptable' UN statements on Syria

Moscow - Moscow on Monday slammed the United States and Britain for accusing Russia of "barbarism" and war crimes in Syria as Russian and Syrian warplanes continued to bomb rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

Aleppo battered as Russia slams 'unacceptable' rhetoric

Aleppo - Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called "unacceptable" Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes.

Aleppo battered as Russia slams 'unacceptable' rhetoric

Aleppo - Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called "unacceptable" Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes.

Aleppo battered as Russia slams 'unacceptable' rhetoric

Aleppo - Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called "unacceptable" Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes.

Colombia peace deal: key points

Cartagena - Here are key points of the peace deal that will be signed Monday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government.

Colombian, FARC leaders to sign historic peace deal

Cartagena - Colombia's government and the leftist FARC rebels prepared to sign a historic peace accord Monday to end a half-century civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

France at UN says war crimes committed in Syria's Aleppo

New York - France's envoy to the United Nations asserted Sunday that war crimes were being committed in Syria's battered city of Aleppo, as the Security Council met for urgent talks on the escalating military campaign.

Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

New York - The US accused Moscow of "barbarism" over the worsening carnage in Aleppo, as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the city in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war.

Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

New York - The US accused Moscow of "barbarism" over the worsening carnage in Aleppo, as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the city in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war.

Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

New York - The US accused Moscow of "barbarism" over the worsening carnage in Aleppo, as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the city in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war.

Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

Goundam - Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city, but now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice....

Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

Aleppo - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday he was "appalled by the chilling military escalation" in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo where residents cowered indoors as air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians.

Syria at UN says confident of military victory

New York - Syria told the United Nations on Saturday that its belief in a military victory was "even greater" because the army was making "great strides" on the ground, with help from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Apocalyptic scenes in streets of Syria's ravaged Aleppo

Aleppo - With pools of blood and shredded bodies on the streets, the rebel-held east of Syrian city Aleppo has been reduced to an apocalyptic battlefront under relentless regime and Russian bombardment.

Third deadly drone strike in a week hits Yemen Qaeda

Aden - An apparent US drone strike has killed five suspected Al-Qaeda members in Yemen in the third such attack this week, a security official said on Saturday.

Colombia set to sign historic peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombia will turn the page on a half-century conflict that has stained its modern history with blood when the FARC rebels and the government sign a peace deal on Monday.

Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

Aleppo - Residents in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.

Gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit

Kuwait - Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said.

Syrian, Russian aircraft pound rebel-held Aleppo

Aleppo - Residents in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo cowered in their homes on Saturday as relentless missile strikes and barrel bomb attacks pounded the besieged eastern half of the divided city.

South Sudan alarmed by US arms embargo threat: Deng

New York - South Sudan's new vice president urged the United States not to push for an arms embargo while objecting to details of a planned UN-backed protection force in his war-scarred capital.

US, Russia fail to renew Syria ceasefire deal

New York - The United States and Russia failed Friday to renew their pact to impose a ceasefire in Syria after a week of bitter diplomatic battles at the UN General Assembly.

France accuses Assad of seeking to break up Syria

New York - France on Friday accused Bashar al-Assad and his allies of seeking to break Syria apart, as Russian-backed regime forces prepared to storm rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

FARC ratifies Colombia peace deal, declares war over

Valpara - The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia declared the end of its 52-year war Friday as it ratified a historic peace deal with the government.

Mid East peace 'Quartet' hears from France and Egypt

New York - The diplomatic "Quartet" piloting efforts to nudge Israel and the Palestinians towards a negotiated solution to their conflict on Friday heard from France and Egypt on their parallel peacemaking efforts.
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