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India appoints new envoy for Kashmir resolution

India appoints new envoy for Kashmir resolution

India appointed on Monday a special government representative to pursue talks in Kashmir aimed at easing a decades-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

UN eyes October for 'real' Syria peace talks: envoy

UN eyes October for 'real' Syria peace talks: envoy

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday he hopes to launch ‘real, substantive’ peace talks in October, after the opposition has had time to develop a more pragmatic negotiating strategy.

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress towards a deal to end the six-year-old civil war.

Syria says peace talks must first focus on 'terrorism'

Syria says peace talks must first focus on 'terrorism'

Syria's regime said on Friday that the latest UN-backed peace talks must start with a focus on terrorism after attacks around Damascus, a call likely to be rejected by the opposition.

Syrian rebels launch fresh assault on east Damascus

Syrian rebels launch fresh assault on east Damascus

Rebels and jihadists on Tuesday launched a fresh assault on east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial attack just a few kilometres from the centre of the capital.

Russia accuses Syrian opposition of sabotaging peace talks

Russia accuses Syrian opposition of sabotaging peace talks

Russia accused the main Syrian opposition group at peace talks in Geneva of sabotaging the process on Thursday, a day after Moscow foreign ministry officials met the rebels for rare talks on how to narrow their differences.

US defence chief makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

US defence chief makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Afghanistan on Friday on an unannounced visit, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump's strategy on America's longest war with no end in sight.

UN's Yemen envoy in new bid for peace

UN's Yemen envoy in new bid for peace

The UN envoy for Yemen has announced a new bid for peace talks between the government and rebels, after the latest ceasefire failed to end the 20-month conflict.

Taliban denies holding peace talks with Afghan government

Taliban denies holding peace talks with Afghan government

The Taliban has denied a news report that it recently restarted peace talks with the Afghan government.

EU sees support for Afghan peace as new aid flows in

EU sees support for Afghan peace as new aid flows in

Regional powers agreed to try to revive Afghanistan's stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict, the EU's foreign policy chief said on Wednesday ...

US pushes Russia on 'true' Syria peace deal

US pushes Russia on 'true' Syria peace deal

The US pressed Russia on Thursday for a "true cessation of hostilities" in Syria ahead of a expected high-level peace talks in Geneva, warning that its patience is running thin.

Israel approves 284 new housing units in West Bank settlements

Israel approves 284 new housing units in West Bank settlements

Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank at a time of heightened international concern over a construction drive on land Palestinians seek for a state.