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UN to convene Yemen talks in Sweden soon

New York - The United Nations intends to convene peace talks on Yemen soon after receiving firm assurances from the parties that they will attend negotiations in Sweden, the UN envoy said Friday.

UN to convene Yemen talks in Sweden soon

New York - The UN envoy for Yemen said Friday he intends to convene peace talks "shortly" in Sweden in a bid to end a war that has driven millions to the brink of famine.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Deryneia - Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings Monday for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.

Idlib deal sparks fresh diplomatic push to end Syria war

Beirut - A Turkish-Russian deal for Syria's Idlib has revived efforts towards a diplomatic solution to the country's seven-year war, but analysts say a political settlement is still far off.

Rival leaders agree to open new crossings over Cyprus divide

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to open the first new crossing points in eight years across the island's divide in a move to improve the climate of the deadlocked talks process, the UN said.

Pakistan frees Taliban leader after US talks with militants

Islamabad - A top Taliban commander held in Pakistani detention for more than eight years has been freed, sources said Thursday, in an apparent move to aid tentative talks between the United States and the militant group.

Cypriot leaders to meet in UN peace push

Nicosia - The United Nations will a host a meeting between rival Cypriot leaders next Friday to try to move closer to a relaunch of reunification talks that collapsed 15 months ago.

UN sets sights on Western Sahara talks in December

New York - The United Nations has invited Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front to talks in December on ending their decades-old conflict over Western Sahara, diplomats said Saturday.

Yemen talks falter before they begin as rebels stay away

Geneva - Long awaited UN-backed talks between Yemen's warring parties sputtered out Saturday before ever truly starting, after the Huthi rebels refused to travel to Geneva and fresh fighting broke out on the ground.

Yemen govt delegation to leave Geneva as talks falter

Geneva - Yemeni government representatives, who had flown to Geneva to take part in long-awaited UN-sponsored peace talks, will return home on Saturday after rebels failed to show up, a delegate said.

Yemen rebels grounded in Sanaa as peace talks on hold

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi rebels, expected at UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva with the government, remained grounded in Sanaa Friday citing fears they would not be allowed to return home if they left.

Yemen rebels refuse to join Geneva talks until conditions met

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi rebels said Thursday they will not join peace talks in Geneva until their conditions are met, accusing the United Nations of failing to keep its promises.

Yemen talks offer 'flickering signal of hope': UN envoy

Geneva - The UN envoy for Yemen said Wednesday that "consultations" in Geneva between the warring parties offered a "flickering signal of hope" after years of conflict.

No face-to-face meetings set for Yemen peace talks

Aden - Yemen's warring parties will not meet directly at UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva this week, likely to focus on a prisoner exchange deal and the fate of a key port, government officials said Sunday.

S.Sudan rebel chief approves peace deal with rival Kiir

Khartoum - South Sudanese rebel chief Riek Machar on Thursday approved a peace deal with Juba that is expected to be formally signed at a summit of regional leaders, a Sudanese mediator said.

S.Sudan rebel chief refuses to sign peace deal

Khartoum - South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five years of brutal civil war.

S.Sudan's Machar refuses to sign peace deal: mediator

Khartoum - South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace deal with the government that aims to end a brutal civil war, a Sudanese mediator said.

UN invites Yemen government and Huthis to peace talks

Geneva - The United Nations has invited Yemen's government and Iran-backed Huthi rebels to Geneva next month for talks on resolving the country's civil war, a spokeswoman said Friday.

UN chief calls on South Sudan leaders to finalize peace deal

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the signing of a power-sharing deal by South Sudan's leaders and urged them to act quickly to reach a final agreement and end their nearly five-year war.

South Sudan foes sign final power-sharing deal

Khartoum - South Sudanese arch-foes signed a final power-sharing deal Sunday as President Salva Kiir called for unity in a country torn by a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people.

South Sudan foes sign final power-sharing deal

Khartoum - South Sudanese arch-foes signed a final power-sharing deal on Sunday, aimed at ending a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in the world's youngest country.

Yemen government says ready to attend UN talks

Aden - Yemen's internationally recognised government is ready to attend UN-brokered talks next month in Geneva but is "not optimistic", a government official said on Friday.

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.
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