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Ortega undercutting talks on Nicaragua crisis: analysts

Managua - The chances of talks finding a way out of Nicaragua's deadly unrest have taken a blow after President Daniel Ortega used force to crush protests and called Catholic bishop mediators "coup-mongers," analysts said Friday.

S.Sudan power-sharing deal delayed over differences

Khartoum - Sudan said Thursday the signing of a "preliminary" power-sharing deal between South Sudan's foes has been postponed as the warring factions have yet to fully agree on the draft.

First round of Slovenia coalition talks fail

Ljubljana - The leader of Slovenia's anti-migrant SDS party, which won June's election, said Thursday he had so far failed to win the backing needed for a coalition government.

South Sudan foes agree to withdraw forces from 'urban areas'

Khartoum - South Sudan's government and rebels agreed Friday to withdraw troops from urban areas, a Sudanese official said, as they signed a security deal aimed at ending a four-and-a-half year war.

African Union chief says 'time to act' on South Sudan

Nouakchott - African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat called Saturday for measures against the key players in the conflict in South Sudan, saying "we are used to them not respecting their commitments"."The situation in South Sudan is serious.

South Sudan foes agree 'permanent' ceasefire within 72 hours

Khartoum - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar agreed Wednesday to a "permanent" ceasefire to take effect within 72 hours, raising hopes of an end to four-and-a-half years of war.

South Sudan foes agree 'permanent' ceasefire within 72 hours

Khartoum - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar agreed Wednesday to a "permanent" ceasefire to take effect within 72 hours, raising hopes of a deal to end their country's devastating war.

South Sudan foes 'agree on points': Khartoum

Khartoum - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar have "agreed on some points" at peace talks in Khartoum and a deal is to be signed, Sudanese officials said Tuesday.

South Sudan foes to hold new talks on Monday

Khartoum - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar are to meet in Khartoum on Monday for only their second round of talks in nearly two years, the Sudanese foreign ministry said.

Regional leaders renew South Sudan peace push

Addis Ababa - East African leaders gathered in Ethiopia on Thursday hoping to revive stalled South Sudan peace talks, following a long-awaited face-to-face meeting between the two warring leaders.

Nicaragua's Ortega starts talks after month of unrest

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega started talks on Wednesday with the opposition in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed.

EU restates support for nuclear deal in talks with Iran

Apo - The EU restated its support for the Iran nuclear deal in last-minute talks with Tehran on Tuesday, just hours before US President Donald Trump announces whether he is pulling out of the accord.

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.
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