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US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Geneva - Washington and Moscow have made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday.

Colombia ceasefire will not stop government fighting crime: official

Estanzuela - The historic ceasefire between Colombia's government and the FARC rebel group will not end the government's commitment to fighting crime, the country's defense minister said Friday.

UN ready to help Colombia peace deal

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday warmly welcomed the historic peace deal reached between Colombia's government and FARC rebels, and pledged to help ensure the agreement takes hold.

US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Geneva - Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks.

Erdogan, Putin agree to step up aid for Syria's Aleppo

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday agreed to step up efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches citizens in Syria's conflict-torn northern Aleppo province.In telephone talks "the two leaders...

Turkey and the Syria conflict: key developments

Istanbul - Here are key developments in Turkey's involvement in the Syria conflict, after Ankara launched a major offensive aimed both at jihadists and Syrian Kurdish forces.

Protests as Russia holds Crimea Tatar activist in psych ward

Simferopol - International rights groups and Ukrainian officials protested Friday against the incarceration in a psychiatric hospital of a prominent Crimean Tatar activist charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.

Aid access in Syria 'unacceptable': UN

Geneva - Humanitarian access to Syria's besieged areas is "wholly unacceptable", the UN said Friday as it announced that just one aid convoy had completed deliveries this month.

Rebels, families start evacuation of Syria's Daraya: AFP

- Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating the town of Daraya outside the capital Damascus on Friday, under a deal agreed with the government after a four-year army siege.

Kerry, Lavrov hold marathon Syria talks

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held marathon talks in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria.

Turkey sends more tanks into northern Syria: AFP

Barak - Turkey on Friday sent four more tanks across the border into the Syrian city of Jarabulus which was liberated by Ankara-backed rebels this week, an AFP photographer said.

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington's impossible ally

Washington - As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake.

Kerry arrives in Geneva for Syria talks with Lavrov

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva late Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Syria after warning

Barak - Turkey shelled Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on the second day of a major military operation inside the country, saying they were failing to observe a deal with the US to stop advancing in jihadist-held territory.

Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

Ankara - Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts

Birut - Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realisation of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say.

Five decades of conflict in Colombia in five points

Estanzuela - Here are five key points on Colombia's five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government reached a historic peace accord.- Disputed origins -There is disagreement on when and why war broke out.

Santos orders ceasefire after Colombia seals peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire with the FARC rebels Thursday after the two sides reached a historic deal to end their half-century conflict.

Santos and Timochenko: Colombia foes turn peacemakers

Estanzuela - A conservative politician from a rich family and a rural Marxist guerrilla are the lead players in Colombia's peace process, which has now produced a final deal to end five decades of conflict.

Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

Russia to work with US on response to Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia will work with the United States on a response after UN investigators found that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical attacks, Moscow's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul

Gayara - Iraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.

UN rights chief demands international probe of Yemen violations

Geneva - The United Nations called on Thursday for the creation of an independent international body to investigate an array of serious violations in war-torn Yemen.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, warns Kurdish militia

Barak - Turkey sent more tanks into Syria on Thursday and sternly warned a Kurdish militia to withdraw from frontline positions, a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters captured a key border town from jihadists.

Colombia peace deal: key points

Havana - Here are key points of the peace deal announced Wednesday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach historic peace deal

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war, the last major armed conflict in the Americas.

Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report

New York - A UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

Peace deal in hand, Colombia heads toward high-stakes referendum

Estanzuela - After sealing a historic peace accord with the FARC rebels, the Colombian government launched a campaign Thursday to persuade voters to adopt it in a referendum on October 2.

Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

Jerusalem - The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation.

Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

Jerusalem - The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation.
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