Maduro, Kerry meet in Colombia after peace deal signing
Sep27

Maduro, Kerry meet in Colombia after peace deal signing

Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with top US diplomat John Kerry on the sidelines of a landmark peace deal signing between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. “President @NicolasMaduro held respectful, top level meeting with @JohnKerry,” Venezuela’s foreign minister tweeted. Venezuela is in a highly tense political crisis, with the South American oil-exporting nation slammed by...

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Yemen government accepts UN peace plan, rebels reject it
Aug01

Yemen government accepts UN peace plan, rebels reject it

Yemen’s government on Sunday accepted a UN-proposed plan to end fighting that has killed thousands, but the rebels rejected it, insisting that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration. The draft agreement, which follows several months of UN-brokered negotiations in Kuwait, stipulates that the Iran-backed Huthi rebels must withdraw from Sanaa, which they overran in September 2014. Yemen, descended into chaos after...

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Fears for peace deal as fighting flares in Mali’s desert north
Jul22

Fears for peace deal as fighting flares in Mali’s desert north

Tuareg rebels battled pro-government militia fighters in Mali’s desert north on Friday (July 22), locals said, the second day of clashes raising fears for a fraying peace deal. Gunfire erupted in the town of Kidal after days of growing tensions between the Tuareg-dominated Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and rival Gatia militia fighters. “The sound (of gunfire) is more intense than yesterday. It started up again...

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Merkel says Russia sanctions no end in themselves, but implementing peace deal is key
Jun10

Merkel says Russia sanctions no end in themselves, but implementing peace deal is key

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday (June 10) that sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis were not an end in themselves and that implementation of the Minsk peace agreement was key to getting them lifted. Merkel also said that in the long term, the European Union should aim for a common economic zone with Moscow which would extend from Russia’s Pacific port of Vladivostok to Lisbon. “We should...

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