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US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

Washington - The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.

'If peace comes': Afghans dream of life after war

Kabul - With a partial truce under way Saturday and a deal between the US and the Taliban likely on the horizon, Afghans are daring to dream of the war ending and their country finally opening up.

South Sudanese demand leaders 'show us there is peace'

Malakal - From behind the razor-wire fence that she is too afraid to leave, under armed protection in her own land, Jenty John Musa hears that peace is apparently coming to South Sudan."We just hear on the radio, 'There is peace, there is peace.

Abu Dis, the 'Palestinian capital' that doesn't want the job

Abu Dis - Abu Dis, the capital of an independent Palestinian state? For Donald Trump maybe, but residents of the run-down neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem are sceptical.

Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria 'bandit' conflict

Anka - Haruna Hasaman knew she only had moments to get away when the roar of motorbikes ruptured the quiet of her village in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.She scrambled for her five children and fled just as the gunmen screeched in and opened fire.

Colombia derails bid to attack ex-FARC rebel leader

Apo - Colombia has thwarted an attempted attack on the former top Marxist FARC rebel leader, Rodrigo Londono, police said Sunday.

Colombia's president calls on UN to extend peace mission

Apo - Colombia's President Ivan Duque on Wednesday called on the United Nations to prolong its peace verification mission in the South American country until 2022.

2019 deadliest year for Colombia's ex-FARC combatants: UN

Apo - The past year has been the deadliest for ex-FARC combatants in Colombia since the former guerrilla movement signed a peace agreement with the government in 2016, the UN reported Tuesday.

Ukraine rivals exchange 200 prisoners in controversial swap

Kramatorsk - Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country's war-torn east exchanged 200 prisoners on Sunday, swapping detained fighters for civilians and servicemen held captive in some cases for years in two breakaway regions.

Eritrean president vows to 'bolster cooperation' with Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki promised Thursday to boost cooperation with Ethiopia on the last day of his two-day visit that came as the peace process was seen as having lost momentum.

US slaps sanctions on two S.Sudan ministers over peace delay

Washington - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two sitting ministers in South Sudan, accusing them of obstructing the young country's peace efforts despite promises to form a unity government.

US curbs S.Sudan visas over government delay

Washington - The United States said Thursday it would restrict visas to South Sudanese who undermine peace efforts in its latest protest over the long delay in formation of a unity government.

Pressured at home, Ethiopia PM picks up Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, but as ethnic violence rises at home he has kept festivities and meetings with the media to a minimum.

Five questions on change and challenges in Abiy's Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize next week just as his country heads into what could be the most consequential year of its fraught political transition.

On treadmill, Zelensky says Ukraine stuck without Putin summit

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday took to a treadmill to stress the country will remain in stalemate until he talks to Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a key summit next week.

US calls back ambassador from S.Sudan

Washington - The United States, a key supporter of South Sudan, said it was calling back its ambassador for consultations as it shows frustration with dueling leaders' failure to form a government.

South Sudan rival leaders given 100 days to form unity government

Entebbe - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar on Thursday were given another 100 days to form a power-sharing government after failing to resolve differences, a fresh delay that prompted a sharp US warning that the fledgling nation neede...

Ukraine foes defer troop pullback, delaying key peace summit

Kiev - Ukrainian soldiers and Moscow-backed separatists deferred the last phase of a troop pullback in war-torn eastern Ukraine at the 11th hour on Monday, delaying a high-stakes summit with Russia.

Colombia's ex-rebels remove mines they left during war

El Paujil - A grenade blew off the hands of onetime FARC guerrilla Edwin Correa, but he only surrendered his rifle once a peace deal was struck nearly three years ago.

Jordan's 25-year peace with Israel 'cold and getting colder'

Apo - Twenty-five years after the signing of a landmark peace treaty, ties between Jordan and Israel mirror the ebbs and flows of a turbulent region, while many Jordanians still regard the Jewish state as an "enemy".

Lack of food pushes S.Sudan opposition troops to desert training camps

Rumbek - Hundreds of South Sudan opposition fighters are leaving cantonment sites set up to register and train them under a deal to end the country's war, claiming lack of food and medical supplies, authorities say.

China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

Bejing - China called for foreign governments not to interfere in its affairs Thursday, after a Norwegian politician nominated the "people of Hong Kong" for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize for mending ties with Eritrea

Oslo - Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea.

Bookies bet on Greta Thunberg for Peace Prize, experts don't

Oslo - Bookies have Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as the name to beat ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, although experts say Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed or a representative of the free press are more likely.

Colombia's FARC party expels rebel faction

Apo - The FARC political party in Colombia -- created out of a peace agreement between the former guerilla group and the government -- said on Wednesday they have expelled a band of dissidents who announced their return to arms.

Odds favour Greta Thunberg for Peace Prize, but experts sceptical

Oslo - Bookmakers seem confident that Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is a shoo-in for the Nobel Peace Prize to be announced this week, but some experts are more cautious.

Youth activists like Greta Thunberg deserve Nobel nod: 2011 laureate

Geneva - Energised and inspiring youth activists leading the charge on climate change and gun control would be good picks for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to past winner Leymah Gbowee.

Cameroon opens dialogue to end anglophone separatist crisis

Yaound - Cameroon launched a national dialogue on Monday to end a separatist conflict in the country's anglophone provinces but hopes of a breakthrough were dimmed as key rebel leaders refused to participate.

Review: Steve Hackett stuns on 'Peace' video, to release live collection Special

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett released his new music video for "Peace," which is sheer bliss. He will also be releasing "Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live" next month.

S.Korean leader proposes peace zone buffering North

New York - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday proposed that the United Nations create an "international peace zone" to replace the peninsula's divide, saying the idea would both reassure the North and inspire the world.
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