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Rival Libya forces agree to UN-backed Eid truce

Tripoli - Forces battling for control of Libya's capital agreed to a truce Saturday, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, but a car bomb killed two UN staff in the eastern city of Benghazi.

For Yemenis, shaky truce not much different from war

Hodeida - Yemeni medics scrambled to save a 20-year-old woman after a sniper's bullet tore a gash in her scalp in the port city of Hodeida, where a fragile ceasefire has brought limited respite to war-weary civilians.

Gaza militants announce Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel

Gaza - Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war.

Syria regime attack kills 23 rebels in truce zone

Beirut - Syrian government forces killed 23 rebels near Idlib province on Friday, the deadliest clash to rock a buffer zone where a Russian-Turkish truce is to be enforced.

Syria regime attack kills 22 rebels in truce zone: monitor

Beirut - Syrian government forces killed 22 rebels overnight near Idlib province, in the deadliest such attack in an area where a recent truce is to be enforced, a monitor said Friday.

Truce in Syria's Homs province after safe zone agreed

Birut - A ceasefire between government forces and rebels went into effect in part of central Syria on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on a safe zone.

Truce in Syria's Homs province after safe zone agreed: Russia

Moscow - Syrian regime forces and "moderate" rebels will cease fire in northern parts of Homs province on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on implementing a third safe zone, Moscow said.

Clashes rock Syria truce zone: monitor

Birut - Clashes erupted overnight in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, which was also hit by government air strikes despite a truce deal, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Russia declares 10-hour Aleppo 'humanitarian pause' on Friday

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has ordered a 10-hour truce on Friday in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian defence ministry said.

Russia rules out early renewal of Aleppo ceasefire

Moscow - Russia, blaming failures by the US-led coalition and meagre hopes for diplomacy, on Monday ruled out early moves to renew its ceasefire in Aleppo after a brief truce ended at the weekend.

Aid convoy strike could end US-Russia deal: US official

New York - A deadly air strike on a UN aid convoy by Syrian or Russian planes calls into question international efforts to salvage a ceasefire, senior US officials said.

Bitter Syrian opposition says world ignoring plight

New York - Leaders of Syria's embattled opposition reacted with bitter scorn Monday, accusing the world of ignoring their people's plight as a week-long truce in their country's civil war collapsed.

Rebel-held east Aleppo bombarded as Syria truce ends

Aleppo - Heavy bombing pummelled rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Monday, an AFP correspondent in the city said, less than two hours after Syria's army announced the end of a week-long truce.

Syria truce 'to end Monday evening'

Damascus - The Syria truce deal brokered by the United States and Russia is set to expire Monday evening at 7:00pm (1600 GMT), a senior military source in Damascus told AFP.

First air strikes on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

Birut - Four air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo on Sunday, a monitor said, in the first raids on the battered city since a truce came into force.

Russia calls for further 72-hour extension to Syria ceasefire

Moscow - Russia said it was ready to extend a Syria truce set to run out Friday evening for a further 72 hours, despite accusing the US and rebels of not fulfilling the deal.

Fierce shelling, clashes in east of Syria capital

Damascus - Fierce fighting and clashes between regime forces and rebels rocked the eastern edge of Syria's capital on Friday, an AFP correspondent and military source said, despite a fragile truce across the country.

Food aid for Aleppo still stuck on Syria border

Aleppo - Food aid for desperate civilians in eastern Aleppo remained stuck on the Syrian border on Friday, the fourth morning of a fragile internationally-brokered truce in the war-ravaged country.

Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syria truce

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday called for a 48-hour extension of the Syria truce it brokered with the United States last week.

Key Syria rebel supporter Saudi Arabia welcomes ceasefire

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia, a key backer of Syria's rebels, has welcomed a ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington, but stressed President Bashar al-Assad's regime must abide by it.

Amid welcome quiet, Syria's besieged residents wait for aid

Aleppo - Syrian children played under quiet skies on Tuesday as a fragile truce held, but their parents were waiting for much-needed food, fuel and medicine to enter the country's besieged areas.

Russia says Syrian regime respecting truce, rebel violations

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday said Syrian regime forces were fully respecting a ceasefire but that rebel fighters had violated it 23 times.

Lebanon's Hezbollah backs Syria truce deal

Birut - Hezbollah has announced its support for a US-Russia truce deal for Syria, where the Lebanese Shiite movement has intervened militarily on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.

Aleppo truce extended by 48 hours: Syrian army

Damascus - A truce in Aleppo in northern Syria between regime forces and rebels that was due to expire late Monday has been extended by 48 hours, the army command said.

Syria to respect 48-hour Aleppo truce starting Thursday: State media

Damascus - Syria's army said Wednesday it will abide by a two-day ceasefire in second city Aleppo agreed between the United States and Russia.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree Orthodox Easter truce

Kiev - Ukraine's government on Friday agreed a new truce with pro-Russian insurgents to take effect on Orthodox Easter this weekend, reinforcing a deal signed more than a year ago.

For battered Aleppo residents, Syria ceasefire already dead

Birut - As world powers backing peace talks continue to insist Syria's ceasefire is holding, residents of battered second city Aleppo can only express stunned disbelief."I don't know what truce they're talking about.

UN envoy says Syria truce 'in great trouble', urges world to act

Ginebra - A fragile ceasefire in Syria is in grave peril, the UN warned Friday, insisting that a high-level meeting of countries with influence in the war-ravaged nation was "urgently needed" to shore up faltering peace efforts.

Yemen truce raises hope of ending conflict

Dubai - A new ceasefire enters into effect in Yemen midnight Sunday, with the United Nations hoping it can be the cornerstone of a long-lasting peace deal at upcoming talks in Kuwait.

U.S. 'appalled' by Syria regime strikes that killed more than 30

Washington - The United States said it was "appalled" by Syrian government air strikes Thursday that killed more than 30 people -- including children -- in a key rebel bastion east of the capital of Damascus.
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