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UN seeks 'substantial progress' in Yemen before more talks

New York - UN envoy Martin Griffiths warned Wednesday that "substantial progress" was needed to advance peace efforts in Yemen before new talks can be held on ending the devastating war.

'Substantial progress' needed in Yemen before more talks: UN envoy

New York - UN envoy Martin Griffiths warned Wednesday that "substantial progress" was needed to advance peace efforts in Yemen before new talks can be held on ending the devastating war.

Yemen rebels open to more talks if 'progress' made in Sweden

Rimbo - Yemen's Huthi rebels are open to more talks with the rival government if progress is made this week at UN-brokered negotiations in Sweden, a spokesman said on Sunday.

China vows quick trade moves, Trump upbeat

Bejing - China vowed Wednesday to move swiftly to strike a trade consensus with the United States -- to the apparent relief of US President Donald Trump after a day of mixed signals that sent global markets into a swoon.

China vows quick trade moves as US sends mixed signals

Bejing - China vowed Wednesday to move swiftly to strike a trade consensus with the United States, even as mixed signals on the detente from self-described "Tariff Man" Donald Trump's administration upset global markets.

Outgoing UN envoy rues 'missed opportunity' at Astana Syria talks

Astana - The United Nations envoy on Syria signed off from his posting Thursday ruing "a missed opportunity" to help end the country's long conflict at talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks

Geneva - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.

Syria talks on fragile Idlib truce begin in Kazakhstan

Astana - Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Wednesday, the Kazakh foreign ministry said, for two days of talks aiming to preserve a fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria.

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.
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