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Colombia lawmakers to meet over FARC disarmament zones

Estanzuela - Colombian lawmakers will meet beginning Tuesday to create zones where FARC rebels can turn over their arms, in anticipation of a peace deal that would end a half-century of conflict, sources said.

Greek Cypriot leader says time for 'sobriety' on UN peace process

Nicosia - President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament Thursday to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Rebel attack ups tension in Colombia peace drive

Estanzuela - Colombia vowed Monday to step up the fight against the country's second-biggest rebel group, despite claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of conflict.

Violence fears in Philippines after Muslim peace setback

Manila - Philippine lawmakers failed Wednesday to pass a crucial bill aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, igniting fears of fresh violence.

Trump, Greek islanders in running for Nobel Prize

Oslo - Donald Trump, Greek islanders helping desperate migrants, Angela Merkel and the pope -- some may seem more likely than others but all are understood to be in the running for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Hesitant Syria opposition begins talks with UN envoy

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group met formally for the first time Monday with the UN special envoy although it was unclear whether they would agree to indirect peace talks with the Assad regime.

Over 500,000 signatures back Greek islanders for Nobel peace prize

Atenas - More than half a million people have put their names to an online petition calling for Greek islanders on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis to be awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

France to revive plans for Israeli-Palestinian peace conference

Paris - France is looking to quickly revive plans for an international conference to "bring about the two-state solution" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. "In the coming weeks, France will take...

FARC will be 'ally' in Colombia war on drugs: president

Estanzuela - FARC rebels will be an "ally" of the Colombian government in the war on drug trafficking once they strike a peace deal to end a half century of conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.

LatAm states ready to oversee Colombia peace

Quito - Colombia's regional neighbors are willing to send representatives for a UN mission to monitor the end of the country's half-century conflict under a hoped-for peace deal with FARC rebels, leaders said Wednesday.

U.S. piles pressure on Syria opposition to attend talks

Birut - Syria's leading opposition coalition is to decide Tuesday whether to attend peace talks in Geneva, following a tense meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, a member told AFP on Monday.

Syria picks UN envoy as chief negotiator for peace talks

Damascus - Syria's UN envoy will be the regime's chief negotiator in upcoming peace talks, a government source said Thursday, as a dispute over the opposition's representatives threatened to delay the negotiations.

Syria opposition names Saudi-backed Islamist top negotiator

Riyadh - Syria's largest opposition coalition on Wednesday named an Islamist rebel chief backed by Riyadh as its chief negotiator for peace talks slated to open on January 25 in Geneva.

Syria peace talks expected to start 'in next few days': Lavrov

Zurich - Syria peace talks are expected to begin within a few days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday, adding that Moscow was ready to cooperate closer with the United States on Syria aid supplies.

Colombia's FARC casts doubt on March peace deal target

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrilla force warned Wednesday "substantial hurdles" in negotiations could prevent it signing a long-sought peace deal with the country's government by March 23 as they had hoped.

Pakistan hosts four-way talks to revive Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday hosted four-country talks aimed at luring the Afghan Taliban back to the negotiating table with the Kabul government, even as the insurgents wage an unprecedented winter campaign of violence.

Yemen ex-president calls for talks with Saudi

Sanaa - Yemen's pro-rebel ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected further peace talks with the government, saying dialogue should instead take place with Saudi Arabia.

Cypriot leaders issue joint festive peace message

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have issued a joint festive message across the divided island in each other's language, in a show of unity as they push for peace in 2016.

Pakistan army chief to visit Kabul in push for Taliban talks

Islamabad - Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif will visit Kabul on Sunday to hold talks with top Afghan civil and military leaders, the military said on Friday.

UN to host next round of Syria talks in Geneva

Ginebra - The next round of talks aimed at easing the violence in war-torn Syria will be held at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva early next year, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Cypriot leaders aim for peace deal in 2016

Nicosia - Cypriot leaders on Sunday wrapped up their UN-brokered peace negotiations for 2015 with the hope that next year will bring an elusive reunification deal for the divided island.

Tunisian Nobel laureates call for Palestinian state

Oslo - Representatives of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, who on Thursday picked up their Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, called for the creation of a Palestinian state as a way to fight "terrorism".

Tunisian Nobel laureates blast terror, from Tunis to Paris

Oslo - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet on Thursday urged the international community to make the fight against terrorism an "absolute priority", as it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Tunisia's guardians of democracy

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on Thursday to four organisations that helped save Tunisia's transition to democracy through dialogue, a method the laureates are keen to see applied in Syria and Libya.

Only dialogue will solve crises in Syria, Libya: Nobel peace laureates

Oslo - Only dialogue can resolve the crises in war-torn Syria and Libya, Tunisian civil groups honoured with this year's Nobel Peace Prize said Wednesday on the eve of the awards ceremony in Oslo.

India and Pakistan to resume peace process

Islamabad - India and Pakistan agreed to resume high-level peace talks on Wednesday, according to a joint statement that signalled a thaw in tense relations between nuclear-armed neighbours that have fought three full-scale wars.

Tunisians receive Nobel Peace Prize amid state of emergency

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded Thursday to four civil society groups who led Tunisia's transition to democracy, though the country has now been plunged into a state of emergency as it battles the threat of jihadism.

New Yemen peace talks to start on December 15

Ginebra - Warring factions in Yemen will relaunch peace talks on December 15, the UN envoy to the embattled country said Monday, voicing confidence that a temporary ceasefire will be in place before negotiations begin.

Yemen peace talks to be held on Dec 15 in Switzerland: UN

Ginebra - Warring parties in Yemen have agreed to peace talks in Switzerland beginning on December 15, when a temporary ceasefire will likely be in place, the UN envoy to the country said Monday.
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Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
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Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.