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Cyprus leaders agree on new crossings on divided island

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed Thursday to open more crossing points and link the mobile phone and electricity networks to help restore trust between their estranged communities on divided Cyprus.

FARC peace negotiator killed in Colombia strike: rebels

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict.

Colombian government, FARC rebels resume peace talks

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.

Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

Paju - An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea.

Rival Cyprus leaders in coffee shop 'message of hope'

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus drank coffee together Saturday on both sides of the armistice line dividing Nicosia, pledging their full commitment to UN-backed reunification talks.

Peace activists live-stream press conference from N. Korea

Seoul - A group of international women peace activists broadcast a landmark press conference from North Korea on Saturday, using Twitter's new video live-streaming app Periscope, apparently with official approval.

Fate of Cyprus ghost town rests with peace talks

Famagusta - Forty years since the jet-set graced Varosha's beaches, former residents of the one-time "Riviera of Cyprus" hope Friday's renewed talks between the divided island's leaders could see them finally return home.

Mali government signs peace deal in absence of rebels

Bamako - Mali's government and several armed groups signed a peace accord Friday in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the main Tuareg-led rebel groups.

Peace talks in divided Cyprus resume with 'high hopes'

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders on Friday resumed UN-brokered peace talks stalled since October, in what is seen as the best chance in years to reunify the island four decades after its division.

Op-Ed: Is Jade Helm a training operation to impose U.S. martial law?

In video footage recently released, American military is seen training to escort civilians to FEMA camps and initiate martial law. Is there more to the Jade Helm training operation than authorities are saying?

Cyprus sees reunification hope after Turkish Cypriot vote

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he saw new hope of ending the island's decades-long division after the election of reconciliation champion Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot leader.

Philippines wants 90 Muslim rebels charged for bloody ambush

Manila - The Philippine Justice Department on Wednesday recommended murder charges against 90 Muslim rebels, even though such a move could jeopardise a peace process championed by President Benigno Aquino.

Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

Havana - Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process.

Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

Havana - Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations Monday over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process.

Cypriots to resume peace talks 'within weeks': UN

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish Cypriots are ready to resume peace talks after a six-month hiatus, the UN envoy announced Tuesday, aiming for a "strategic compromise" this year on the divided island.

Kurds accuse Turkey's Erdogan of 'constitutional dictatorship'

Ankara - The co-chair of Turkey's main Kurdish party has accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to set up "a constitutional dictatorship", vowing his movement will strongly oppose moves to impose one-man rule.

Netanyahu denies abandoning two-state solution

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied making a U-turn by saying he would never agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, arguing that the conditions were not yet ripe.

Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the U.S. and Europe?

Washington - "Anyone But Bibi." It's the rallying cry of opponents battling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's elections, but also seems to aptly sum up feelings in both the U.S. and Europe.

Colombia halts air raids on FARC in boost to peace drive

Estanzuela - Colombia will stop air raids on Marxist FARC rebels for a month, President Juan Manuel Santos announced -- a major stride in a peace process aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running civil war.

Colombia's ELN rebels call for U.S. to step up in peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN rebels have called on the U.S. to assume responsibility for a role in the Colombian armed conflict, as peace talks make new strides forward.

Colombia, leftist FARC in 'giant' step toward peace

Havana - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels announced they had reached a deal on demining, a stride forward on a key issue to negotiate peace after decades of conflict.

Colombia, leftist FARC in 'giant' step toward peace

Havana - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels announced Saturday they had reached a deal on demining, a stride forward on a key issue to negotiate peace after decades of conflict.

FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides.

Nobel Peace committee demotes controversial head

Oslo - Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award.

Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay

Alger - The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots.

Kofi Annan in Cuba to boost Colombia-FARC peace talks

Havana - Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Cuba on Thursday to prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas to clinch a dragging peace agreement.

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Havana - Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations.

No US-Taliban meetings planned in Doha: White House

Washington - The White House said Thursday there are currently no meetings planned in Qatar between US and Taliban officials to discuss possible peace talks on Afghanistan, as Taliban sources had indicated.

Colombia's FARC seeks reinvention as political party

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks.

Colombian government, rebels clash over demining

Havana - The Colombian government lashed out at leftist FARC guerrillas Tuesday for failing to actively work to dismantle minefields present in half the country's municipalities.
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