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Rival leaders fail to revive Cyprus reunification talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders failed to revive their divided island's stalled peace process as they met under UN auspices for the first time in nine months on Monday.

High-level talks on Afghanistan to open in Uzbekistan

Tashkent - Uzbekistan threw open its doors Tuesday for a multilateral meeting on Afghanistan aiming to lay the ground for direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban.

No news on Trump-Kim summit as N. Korea wraps up Sweden talks

Stockholm - North Korean officials wrapped up three days of talks with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, as a senior Pyongyang diplomat headed to Fin...

Kim and Trump to meet on North Korean nukes by May

Washington - North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have agreed to meet to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, US and South Korean officials said Thursday"I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader...

Cyprus urges Turkey to end gas standoff, resume peace talks

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday urged Turkey to lift its blockade of offshore gas exploration that would benefit both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots once the island is reunited.

S.Africa's Zuma holds talks with successor as exit looms

Cape Town - Scandal-tainted South African President Jacob Zuma, who is under growing pressure to resign, held "fruitful" talks on Tuesday with his likely successor Cyril Ramaphosa, the ruling ANC party said.

UN hosts 'critical' Syria peace talks in Vienna

Vienna - The United Nations embarked on fresh efforts Thursday to jump-start Syrian peace talks that Western countries and the opposition fear are being undermined by a separate Russian diplomatic push.

UN hosts 'last hope' Syria peace talks in Vienna

Vienna - The UN will make a fresh push from Thursday to jump-start Syrian peace talks, as violence continues to rage in a seven-year-old war that has killed more than 340,000 people.

UN envoy says Syria talks at 'very critical moment'

Vienna - The UN special envoy for Syria said that peace talks due to resume in Vienna on Thursday are taking place at a crucial moment."Definitely I am optimistic because it is the only way to be at such moments," Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.

UN Syria envoy says Vienna talks at 'very critical moment'

Vienna - The UN special envoy for Syria said that peace talks due to resume in Vienna on Thursday are taking place "at a very, very critical moment".

Sacked Catalan leader asks to return to Spain 'risk-free'

Copenhagen - Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont asked Tuesday to return to Spain "without any risk" of being detained for his role in the independence drive despite Madrid warning he would not be let in "even in the boot of a car.

Puigdemont talks independence with Danish MPs

Copenhagen - Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont met Danish MPs in Copenhagen Tuesday to discuss the crisis in his home region and Denmark's handling of its semi-autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Syria peace talks to resume in Vienna Jan 25-26: UN

New York - The United Nations will host a new round of peace talks on Syria next week in Vienna, a UN statement said Wednesday, just days before Russia opens a conference on ending the war.

Trump open to talks between US and N. Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump is open to talks between the United States and North Korea, while remaining determined to apply "maximum pressure" over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the White House said Wednesday.

US ready to talk to N. Korea at right time: Seoul

Seoul - South Korea said Wednesday the United States is open to talks with North Korea "at appropriate times" if Pyongyang agrees.

Kim's Olympic gambit pushes Trump's button

Washington - US President Donald Trump is not one to hold back when it comes to indulging in nuclear and diplomatic brinkmanship with North Korea's leader whom he calls "Little Rocket Man.

Sanctions, pressure having 'big impact' on N.Korea: Trump

Washington - Sanctions and other pressure are beginning to have a "big impact" on North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, citing the offer of talks with South Korea by the North's leader Kim Jong-Un.

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North

Seoul - South Korea Tuesday proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un called for better relations and said his country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South.

Syria rebels reject Sochi peace initiative

Beirut - More than three dozen Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, have rejected a Russian-led initiative for talks next month in Sochi on ending Syria's war.

Major powers seek to hold Syria peace congress in late January

Astana - Major powerbrokers agreed Friday to hold a peace congress for Syria in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi in late January after previous attempts to hold the conference collapsed.

US ready for North Korea talks 'without preconditions'

Washington - The United States is ready to begin talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament without prior conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

Kazakhstan to hold new Syria talks next week

Astana - A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is scheduled for next week in Astana, Kazakhstan said Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

Syrian government to rejoin Geneva talks on Sunday

Geneva - Syrian government negotiators will return to Geneva this weekend to rejoin United Nations-backed peace talks, after leaving the city in protest last week, the UN envoy said Thursday.

Syria peace talks resume in Geneva, without government delegation

Geneva - UN-backed peace talks for war-ravaged Syria resumed in Geneva Tuesday but without Syrian government negotiators, who sources said have yet to determine if they will return.

Syria govt still unsure on return to Geneva talks

Geneva - Syrian government negotiators are still unsure whether they will return to continue peace talks in Geneva after they flew back to Damascus this weekend, a government source said Monday.

Syria peace talks in Geneva extended until December 15

Geneva - Negotiations in Geneva aimed at ending Syria's devastating civil war have started in a "professional and serious" atmosphere and will be extended another two weeks, the UN mediator said Thursday.

UN calls for 'real progress' at Syria peace talks

Geneva - Difficult negotiations on ending the devastating civil war in Syria began in earnest in Geneva on Wednesday after a government delegation arrived, with the UN mediator urging all sides to aim for "real progress".

UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent

Geneva - The United Nations reopens its Syria peace talks on Tuesday but the Damascus government's last minute announcement that it may not come to Geneva delivered a blow to the already faltering negotiations.

Syrian government holds off on attending UN peace talks

New York - Syrian peace talks set to open in Geneva this week hit a roadblock when President Bashar al-Assad's government refused to confirm it was attending and instead told the United Nations that no delegation would be arriving on Monday.

UN tries to jump-start struggling Syria peace talks

Geneva - The United Nations will try to revitalise its flagging efforts to end the war in Syria this week, after Russia's emergence as the key dealmaker in the bid to resolve the six-year conflict.
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