Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due to “violations” by Damascus of a four-day old truce. “As these violations are continuing, the rebel factions announce… the freezing of all discussion linked to the Astana negotiations,” they said in a […]

Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

The fate of a reported nationwide truce for Syria was unclear Thursday, following talks between Moscow and Ankara, despite Turkish state media saying a deal had been reached. The state-run Anadolu news agency said late Wednesday the agreed plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo to the whole country, but neither […]

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

French President François Hollande denounced on Wednesday “systematic obstruction” by Russia at the UN Security Council after the failure of a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A statement jointly issued with Canada, Germany and Italy also hit out at the regime in Damascus and its “foreign backers, especially […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

Yemen ceasefire comes into effect

Yemen ceasefire comes into effect

A ceasefire took effect in war-ravaged Yemen just before midnight Wednesday, under a United Nations plan, as warring parties face mounting pressure to end more than 18 months of fighting. The UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had announced on Monday that the cessation of hostilities would take effect “at 23:59 Yemen […]

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen is due to start on Wednesday night, the U.N. envoy for Yemen said on Monday after he received commitments from all of the country’s warring factions. U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin at 2359 local time (2059 GMT) on Wednesday […]

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday a ceasefire with the country’s FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have “a new agreement” for peace before that date. “I have made the decision to extend the bilateral ceasefire until December 31. Let this be clear: This is not an […]

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, held up by security fears and disagreements between combatants on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of around 20 trucks carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish […]

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

A barrage of airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria have killed scores of people, just hours after the government in Damascus approved a US-Russian plan to halt fighting in the country’s suppurating civil war. It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids, which hit the key northern cities of Idlib and Aleppo. But […]

Colombia’s FARC rebels order definitive ceasefire

Colombia’s FARC rebels order definitive ceasefire

Colombia’s FARC rebel force ordered a definitive ceasefire late Sunday as part of an accord to end 52 years of conflict with the government. “I order all our commanders and units and each one of our combatants to definitively cease fire and hostilities against the Colombian state from midnight tonight” (0500 GMT), top FARC leader […]