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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.

UN aims to restart Syria talks with unified opposition

Geneva - The United Nations will try to revitalise its flagging Syria peace process this week, buoyed by the prospect of hosting a unified opposition delegation in Geneva for the first time.

New round of Syria talks to begin November 28

New York - A new round of UN-led talks aimed at ending Syria's six-year war will take place in Geneva from November 28, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday.

Next round of Syria talks at end October: Kazakhstan

Astana - Fresh talks on the Syria conflict will be held in Astana at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

Pressure grows on Catalan leader as independence deadline looms

Barcelona - Allies of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont urged him on Saturday to push ahead with his secession bid as a deadline set by Madrid for a final decision on independence approaches.

Catalan talks with Spain 'would aim at independence'

Barcelona - A senior Catalan official on Saturday said an offer of talks with Madrid over his region's independence push was aimed at negotiating secession from Spain, not stopping it.

Talks on Raqa civilian exit halted: city official

Yildiz - Talks on securing safe passage for civilians from the last Islamic State group-held neighbourhoods of Syria's Raqa have stopped, a city official close to the discussions told AFP on Friday.

Merkel says to start coalition talks on Oct 18

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who won an election with a reduced majority two weeks ago, said Monday she would start talks to form a coalition government with two smaller parties on October 18.

US in contact with N. Korea, probing willingness to talk: Tillerson

Bejing - The United State has open channels of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the regime is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday.

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

New York - France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region."We need the 2015 accord," he said of the agreement. "Is this accord enough?...

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey struck a deal Friday to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

Venezuela rivals hold exploratory talks on crisis

Santo Domingo - Talks between Venezuela's government and opposition inched closer Wednesday as delegates from both sides began exploratory contacts with mediators in the Dominican Republic.
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