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South Sudan rebel chief becomes vice-president and urges unity

Juba - South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar finally returned to Juba on Tuesday and was sworn in as vice-president of the world's newest country, calling for "unity" after more than two years of ferocious civil war.

Differences persist as Yemen peace talks enter 4th day

Kuwait City - UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait entered a fourth day Sunday with government and Shiite Huthi rebel delegations still far from reaching an agreement to end 13 months of war.

Third day of Yemen peace talks winds up without progress

Kuwait City - A third day of UN-brokered peace negotiations in Kuwait between the Yemeni government and rebels wound up Saturday without progress, sources close to the talks said.

South Sudan's peace deal hangs by a thread

Juba - In a country awash with guns, a faltering peace deal aimed at ending over two years of intense civil war in South Sudan came down to a dispute over just two dozen weapons.

UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait

Kuwait City - The UN envoy hailed a "constructive" first full day of Yemen peace talks Friday but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Iran-backed rebels.

Hard-won Yemen peace talks open with call for compromise

Kuwait City - UN-brokered peace talks to end 13 months of armed conflict in Yemen opened Thursday in Kuwait with a call for compromise between the rebel and government delegations from the impoverished state.

Yemen rebels arrive in Kuwait for delayed peace talks

Kuwait City - UN-brokered peace talks on Yemen's war were set to finally set to kick off Thursday as a rebel delegation arrived at the crucial negotiations in Kuwait after three days of delay.

Fighting for peace in South Sudan

Juba - The giants dance barefoot in circles, strips of leopard print skirt flapping, before one lunges in to topple his opponent and thump him down on the grass.

Yemen rebels say to join delayed peace talks in Kuwait

Sanaa - Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies have agreed to join delayed UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait, their representatives said on Wednesday.

'Concerned' UN pushes South Sudan's Machar to return to Juba

New York - The UN Security Council expressed "serious concern" on Tuesday over delays in the return of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal.

Colombia leader says peace offers 'golden opportunity' on drug trade

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos says Colombia has a "golden opportunity" to uproot the drug trade in this world hub of cocaine production, once a 50-year conflict with leftist insurgents is put to rest.

South Sudan rebel leader's homecoming fails again

Juba - For the second day in a row South Sudan's rebel leader failed to make his much-anticipated return to the capital, Juba, after more than two years of war.

South Sudan readies for rebel chief's return

Juba - South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar will return to the capital Monday for the first time since war began, his spokesman said, a key step in salvaging a floundering peace agreement.

Colombia FARC rebels seek Pope's backing in peace bid

Havana - Colombia's FARC leftist rebel force called on Sunday for Pope Francis's support to prevent other armed groups from disrupting its efforts to seal a peace deal with the government.

Syria opposition says willing to govern with regime 'diplomats, technocrats'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Colombia rebels free ex-governor held since 2013: Officials

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed an ex-governor on Sunday held captive since 2013, in a new boost to peace efforts.

Tens of thousands of Colombians stage anti-government protest

Estanzuela - Tens of thousands of people protested in more than 20 cities across Colombia against President Juan Manuel Santos and his government's peace process with the FARC guerrillas.

Rebels free Colombian policeman held for 13 days

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed a policeman after holding him captive for 13 days, in a boost to peace efforts.

Hostages key to tricky new Colombia peace talks

Estanzuela - New talks to end Colombia's half-century of conflict face tough challenges as the government presses for hostages to be released by a rebel group with a sprawling command structure.

Rebels in new Colombia peace talks hold 'unknown' number of hostages

Estanzuela - New talks to end Colombia's half-century conflict depend on a rebel force releasing hostages, the government said Thursday, but admitted it does not know how many the group is holding.

Colombia extends peace talks to second big rebel force

Caracas - Colombia's government launched peace negotiations with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, setting its sights on a total end to a bloody half-century conflict.

Colombia set to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

Estanzuela - The Colombian government said it will announce Wednesday the start of peace negotiations with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, the left-wing ELN, broadening the push to end a half-century conflict.

Kerry in Moscow to sound out Putin on Assad rule

Moscow - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday seeking to gauge whether Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss ways to ease Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria.

Colombians fear more trouble after peace

Torib - Colombia is on the verge of ending half a century of conflict, but bereaved locals in ruined regions such as Cauca struggle to believe that peace will come easily.

Nearing peace, Colombians seek missing loved ones

Villavicencio - Dora Gonzalez found her dead husband's body, but her son -- like tens of thousands of other victims in Colombia's half-century civil conflict -- is still missing.

Colombia hostilities disrupt 250,000 children's lives since 2013: report

New York - Hostilities in Colombia have displaced or otherwise disrupted the lives of more than 250,000 children since peace talks began three years ago, the United Nations children's agency said on Sunday.

As Colombia peace nears, wounded rebels cope in the jungle

Puerto Gait - Sofia writhed from the pain of her first combat wound -- a mortar blast in mid-February had pierced the 18-year-old guerrilla with shrapnel.

Philippine Muslim rebels warn IS seeks foothold in south

Kuala Lumpur - The Islamic State group is trying to establish a stronghold in the violence-racked southern Philippines, the head of the nation's biggest Muslim rebel organisation warned Monday.

Afghan Taliban leadership is in Pakistan, Islamabad says

Islamabad - A top Pakistani official has said for the first time publicly that the Afghan Taliban's leadership enjoys a safe haven inside his country, which Islamabad uses as a "lever" to pressure the group into talks with Kabul.

Nobel Peace Prize nominations skyrocket

Oslo - A record 376 nominations have been submitted for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said Tuesday, a secret list believed to include such diverse figures as Donald Trump, Edward Snowden and the pope.
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