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Colombian ex-Marxist guerrilla takes Congress oath

Apo - A former Marxist rebel leader wanted by the United States for drug-trafficking was sworn in Tuesday as a member of Colombia's Congress.

Taliban detain Afghan peace marchers, supporters say

Kandahar - Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement told AFP on Tuesday.

Pompeo airs frank Mideast peace plan views in leak

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo worries that the Trump administration's soon-to-be-released Middle East peace plan will be considered "unworkable," and might not gain traction, US media reported on Sunday.

US heads to new talks with Taliban

Washington - The US envoy negotiating with the Taliban will hold new talks this month with the insurgents in Qatar, the State Department said Saturday, as momentum builds for a deal to end America's longest war.

Former Afghan leader mistakenly claims new Taliban truce

Kabul - Confusion mixed with despair in Afghanistan on Friday after former president Hamid Karzai mistakenly declared that the Taliban had announced a new ceasefire in the war-torn country.

Taliban, Afghan opposition officials claim 'progress' at talks

Moscow - Taliban officials and Afghan opposition figures claimed Thursday to have made "tremendous progress" at Moscow talks, but the announcement rang hollow as discussions yet again excluded the Afghan government and no ceasefire was announced.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former rebel leader accused of drug trafficking and shot down revisions to the country's peace accord in a double blow for President Ivan Duque.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court ordered Wednesday the "immediate release" of former FARC guerrilla leader Jesus Santrich, who is wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

Russia invites Taliban, Afghan officials to Moscow meet

Kabul - Afghan politicians are set to attend a two-day meeting with the Taliban in Moscow this week, officials confirmed Monday, as fighting continues to rage in Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks between the US and the militants.

Colombian ex-guerrilla leader arrested, hospitalized upon prison release

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking was hospitalized in police custody Saturday with what authorities said were self-inflicted arm wounds.

Special peace court orders release of Colombian former guerrilla

Apo - A special peace court in Colombia on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

Kiir urges rival Machar to return to South Sudan

Juba - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Tuesday urged rebel chief Riek Machar to return to Juba during a speech to parliament in which he vowed to uphold a shaky peace deal.

US announces $160 mn 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

Apo - The US government announced Monday it will provide $160 million in funding to Colombia to help implement the historic peace accord signed between the state and now-disarmed FARC rebels.

Palestinians turn to EU to counter Kushner plan

New York - The Palestinians are asking the European Union to pick up the mantle in defense of the two-state solution if the upcoming US peace plan ditches Palestinian statehood, their UN envoy said Tuesday.

Afghanistan loya jirga demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

Kabul - A historic "loya jirga" peace summit in Kabul ended Friday with delegates from across Afghanistan demanding an immediate and permanent ceasefire -- and President Ashraf Ghani saying he was conditionally prepared to implement one.

Massive Afghanistan peace summit ends in Kabul

Kabul - A huge peace meeting aimed at finding an exit from Afghanistan's war is due to finish Friday in Kabul, with leading politicians expected to announce visions for a much-needed breakthrough.

Missile contracts surge as US exits arms treaty: study

Geneva - Washington has signed more than $1 billion in new missile contracts in the three months since it announced plans to withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms treaty, campaigners said Thursday.

New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

Kabul - A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US got underway in Qatar on Wednesday, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek a way out of America's longest war.

New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

Kabul - A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US starts Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek an end of America's longest war.

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Kabul - Afghanistan's usually bustling capital Kabul slowed to a crawl Tuesday amid massive security for a high-stakes peace summit that has previously been a target for insurgent attacks.

US envoy, Ghani push 'intra-Afghan' talks: palace

Kabul - The United States and Afghanistan stressed the need for "intra-Afghan dialogue" when US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held talks on Saturday, a palace statement said.

C. African city casts worried eye at the rise of the warlord

Libreville - Even by the turbulent standards of the Central African Republic, the sight was remarkable: a regional warlord stood next to VIPs at ceremonies in a city where his name is widely feared.

Afghanistan's grand assembly for troubled peace process

Kabul - Afghanistan on Monday will convene a rare "loya jirga" -- a massive meeting for delegates from across the country to discuss the war and US efforts to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

Syria constitutional committee 'unclear': Russian negotiator

Astana - Russia's envoy on Syria said Thursday that "several unclear issues" were slowing the formation of a constitutional committee which the United Nations hopes will drive a political settlement for the war-ravaged country.

US regrets Afghan civilian deaths, says answer is peace

Washington - The US envoy negotiating with the Taliban voiced regret Thursday over findings that US-backed forces were killing more civilians than the militants, and said the solution was a peace deal.

Arab League pledges $100 million to Palestinians, rejects Trump's 'deal'

Apo - The Arab League has pledged to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the year."We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state's budget...

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha - Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan's gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed.

Taliban-Afghan talks derailed by delegate row

Doha - Critical peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday, with Washington signalling its disappointment and urging both sides to return to the table.

South Sudan opposition urges delay to unity government

Juba - South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.

Talks in trouble as Taliban slam Afghan guest list

Kabul - An upcoming conference between Afghan representatives and the Taliban appeared to be in trouble Wednesday even before it begins, with the militants deriding Kabul's plan to send 250 delegates -- several of whom have already dropped out.
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