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Air strikes stop in Syria's Idlib after truce announced

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian and Russia aircraft were no longer seen flying over Idlib following the truce hailed by Moscow

U.N. calls for week-long Libya Ramadan truce

May 06, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The United Nations mission in Libya proposes the 'extendable one-week' ceasefire 'during which all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations' in a statement Sunday, May 5.

RALLY FOR PEACE. Libyans call for an end to fighting during a demonstration against strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Martyrs Square on May 3, 2019. AFP Photo

Inter-Korean border village reopens for public tours

May 02, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed

UNARMED. North Korean soldiers walk on the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 1, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of violating Hodeida truce

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive

VIOLATION? This file photo shows Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:56 PM

A UN source confirms the news, saying Griffiths is in Yemen to 'work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement'

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port – UN

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

The rebels' withdrawal is a key part of a ceasefire that went into effect on December 18

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018 at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida in truce violation – official

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Yemen's internationally-recognized government calls on its forces to 'cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city'

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018, at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH gov't won't declare holiday ceasefire with CPP-NPA – Lorenzana

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The military traditionally suspends operations during the holidays, which is also reciprocated by the communist rebels

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Russia gets UN backing for Syria truce, Kazakhstan talks

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:31 PM

3rd UPDATE The Security Council resolution aims to pave the way for talks next month in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighbourhood on December 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Youssef KARWASHAN

Syria truce begins, but clashes erupt near Damascus

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:18 PM

UPDATED The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it id not clear who had started the clashes in the Wadi Barada region

DESTRUCTION IN SYRIA. A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria regime, rebels agree nationwide ceasefire

Dec 29, 2016 - 8:47 PM

UPDATED Putin says Damascus and the main forces of the armed opposition had inked the truce agreement and a document expressing a readiness to start peace talks

A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

Yemen truce takes effect after week of U.S. pressure

Nov 19, 2016 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED The truce could be extended if the rebels hold fire and allow aid deliveries to besieged loyalist enclaves

TRUCE. Children sit amidst the rubble of a house hit by Saudi-led coalition air strikes two days earlier on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 14, 2016. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Fighting shakes Aleppo as ceasefire expires

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:10 PM

UPDATED The ceasefire ends without any evacuations by the United Nations

VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam al-Masri/AFP

Fighting rages in Yemen despite truce

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:51 PM

UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed says on Friday the ceasefire was fragile but largely holding

UN to begin evacuations from Aleppo if truce holds

Oct 21, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Syrian soldiers have called through loudspeakers for residents to seize the chance to evacuate

CLASHES. Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016 as clashes erupted in an area designated as a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the embattled city, an AFP journalist said, despite an announced pause in the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Arab coalition says Yemen rebels breach truce

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Five previous truce attempts failed but cautious optimism has preceded the current pause after intensified international pressure following an escalation of combat

CONFLICT. Yemeni children stand amid empty jerrycans as they wait to fill them with water from a donated source amid ongoing widespread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on October 18, 2016. AFP Photo

Russia extends Aleppo truce by 24 hours – defense minister

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:36 PM

On the order of President Vladimir Putin a decision was made to extend the humanitarian pause by 24 hours minister Sergei Shoigu says in a statement adding that Syrian authorities had agreed to the extension

ALEPPO. Flyers reportedly distributed by the government encouraging people to leave a rebel-held area in the northern embattled city of Aleppo are seen lying in the street on October 20, 2016.  Photo by Karam Al-Masri/ AFP

Syria launches Aleppo push as truce plan flounders

Sep 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The meeting of the International Syria Support Group breaks up after Russia refused US demands that it promise to immediately ground the Syrian regime s air force

AIR STRIKE. A Syrian man carries a baby after removing him from the rubble of a destroyed building following a reported air strike in the Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo on September 21, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Putin says Syria rebels using truce to regroup

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:26 PM

Fresh shelling and clashes are reported in some areas of the war torn country but the US Russia brokered truce which took effect on Monday appeared to be largely holding

Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on December 8, 2014. Alexey Druzhinin/Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

Fragile Syria truce tested by violence, US-Russia tensions

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The ceasefire has been marred by a lack of humanitarian aid deliveries sporadic violence and increasing friction between Moscow and Washington

SYRIA TRUCE. A general view taken on September 16, 2016, shows the rubble-strewn Castello Road, the main route for humanitarian assistance in to divided Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

UN pleads for Syria aid access after truce extended

Sep 16, 2016 - 8:41 AM

UPDATED Russia s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin says Moscow wants a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the deal

TRUCE EXTENDED. A Syrian boy carries a toy gun past a destroyed building in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 13, 2016 as a truce brokered by Russia and the United States saw guns fall silent at sundown the previous night. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Hours before truce, Assad vows to retake all of Syria

Sep 12, 2016 - 6:51 PM

Speaking in Daraya Assad says the Syrian state is determined to recover every area from the terrorists

BASHAR AL-ASSAD. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 12, 2016, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-L) walking on a street alongside officials after performing the morning Eid al-Adha prayer at a mosque in a government-controlled area of Daraya. Photo by SANA / AFP

US warns Russia, Assad to respect 'frayed' Syria truce

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The Syrian conflict has also drawn in world powers who back opposing sides – including the US which broadly supports the opposition and Russia on the side of President Bashar al Assad

AFTERMATH. A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

May 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The aid convoy was supposed to deliver baby milk as well as medical and school supplies says the Red Cross

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016.  The Syrian army said late on May 4 that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin from 1:00 am on May 5.  Renewed fighting in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, had threatened the full collapse of the February 27 ceasefire agreement, a landmark in attempts to finally resolve a conflict that has left more than 270,000 dead. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

Truce in Syria's Aleppo extended for 72 hours

May 07, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The extended pause in fighting for Aleppo comes as international condemnation mounts over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria which the regime and its Russian ally deny responsibility for

HUMANITARIAN AID. Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, May 4, 2016. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Syria opposition seeks peace talks pause as fighting surges

Apr 18, 2016 - 6:02 PM

A truce agreed in February dramatically curtailed violence across much of Syria but fighting has surged in recent days around second city Aleppo causing tens of thousands to flee

PEACE TALKS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L) and Syrian opposition Deputy Head George Sabra (2-R) and Asaad Al-Zoubi (R), head of the Syrian opposition delegation, wait prior a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Fragile truce largely holds in Karabakh after deadly clashes

Apr 06, 2016 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian calls on the international community to respect Karabakh s right to determine its own future

Mobile artillery units of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh hold a position outside the settlement of Hadrut, not far from the Iranian border, on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYAN

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Israel hails Syria truce, warns against Iran 'aggression'

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:49 PM

We welcome the efforts to reach a stable long term and feasible ceasefire in Syria says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Aquino OKs holiday ceasefire with communist rebels

Dec 18, 2015 - 7:07 PM

The government will observe its unilateral declaration of suspension of offensive military operations against the New People s Army from December 23 to January 3 2016

HOLIDAY CEASEFIRE. President Benigno S. Aquino III approved the recommendation of defense officials to suspend military operations against communist rebels during the Christmas holidays. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Poroshenko says Ukraine truce holding despite Russia 'threat'

Sep 11, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that Russia is harboring imperialist ambitions under Putin and trying to seize back former tsarist and Soviet lands

RUSSIA A 'THREAT'. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro-Ukraine Rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. File photo by Goeff Robins/AFP

UN warns over 'deliberate starvation of civilians' in Yemen

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A UN official warns armed factions in Yemen over the deliberate starvation of civilians as the embattled country grapples with a food crisis that has left 850 000 children facing acute malnutrition

‘YEMEN IS CRUMBLING.’ Yemeni children peer out of a window of their historic house as UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring factions started in Geneva, in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, 15 June 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Hamas leader in rare talks with Saudi king

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Hamas a rival of the West Bank based Palestinian Authority is engaged in indirect contacts with Israel over a long term truce in exchange for an easing of the Jewish state s blockade of Gaza

HAMAS. Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014.  Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Loyalists retake airport in Yemen's Aden

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Loyalists of Yemen s exiled president recapture the airport in Aden sealing a four month battle with Iran backed rebels with Saudi led air and naval support

AFTERMATH. Yemenis peer through the bars of a window at the bodies of people killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, 13 July 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yemen truce begins, relief agencies hope to deliver aid

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

But the leader of the Iran backed Shiite rebels says he does not expect the truce to hold demanding an end to the Saudi aggression

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE. An armed Houthi militiaman inspects the damage of a building reportedly hit by an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

May 23, 2015 - 12:42 PM

The latest round of talks in Minsk are relatively low level discussions involving members of a special task force devoted to political settlement issues

'LOW-LEVEL TALKS.' Denis Pushilin (L), self-declared chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), and Vladislav Deinego (R), who represents the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the negotiations, talk to media at the 'President-Hotel', where Ukraine peace negotiations takes place in Minsk, Belarus, 22 May 2015. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukraine vows to show off 'captured Russian soldiers'

May 18, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Russia firmly denies any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and accuses the pro Western leadership in Kiev of waging a war of attrition against its own people in the industrial east of the ex Soviet state

In this file photo, a pro-Russian rebel picks up a Ukrainian flag on February 7, 2015 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Vuglegirsk in the Donetsk region.  AFP PHOTO/ ANDREY BORODULIN

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:36 AM

The urgent new round of talks in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday January 30 under pressure from European envoys is postponed due to disagreements over who should represent the rebel camp

WILL TALKS FAIL? Armed pro-Russian rebels ride a tank in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, January 22, 2015. File photo by Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

WWI letter describes 'extraordinary' Christmas truce

Dec 24, 2014 - 2:52 PM

A letter from British army officer Alfred Dougan Chater reveals a moment of fleeting humanity between German and British soldiers in a 4 year war that killed more than 16 million

CHRISTMAS TRUCE. People in military WWI uniforms watch the "Game of Truce", a recreation of a First World War Christmas truce football match, in Aldershot, west of London, on December 17, 2014. The match marks the 100th anniversary of a truce that took hold on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914, in which enemy British and German troops emerged from their trenches along the Western Front to talk, joke, share cigarettes and kick a ball about in no-man's-land. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, report says

Nov 10, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Regional interference of backers of the opposing parties and the absence of trusted third parties as mediators are seen as hindrances to effective ceasefire deals

G7 leaders warn Russia they're watching Ukraine truce

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:10 PM

G7 leaders will tell Moscow that a slew of crippling EU US and Canadian sanctions can only be rolled back once all the terms of a truce agreed with Kiev are put into effect

File photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/ EPA

Gaza truce negotiators set new talks for end of October

Sep 23, 2014 - 10:58 PM

The Palestinian delegation which includes rival factions Hamas and president Mahmud Abbas s Fatah will remain in Cairo this week to discuss resolving their own disputes

Cairo truce talks to resume mid-September: Hamas

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:45 PM

50 days of deadly fighting between Israel and Gaza militants ended on August 26 with an open ended truce agreement

CEASEFIRE. A Palestinian boy smiles standing next to a destroyed house, hours before a 72-hours ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will come to an end, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza, 07 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Ukraine truce takes hold as West lines up Russia sanctions

Sep 06, 2014 - 7:47 AM

The truce stems 5 months of bloodshed but still fails to head off fresh Western sanctions against Russia or quell the separatist drive in the east

An Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed petrol station near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevo, in Ukraine, 16 August 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Fighting in Ukraine's eastern hotpots despite truce talks

Sep 05, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Mariupol is the latest flashpoint in the near 5 month conflict in eastern Ukraine as pro Russian rebels wage a counter offensive that has seen swathes of land seized from government forces in just a matter of days

CROSSING BORDERS. Ukrainian citizens stand line on the Ukraine-Russia 'Donetsk' border crossing in Rostov area, Russia, 04 September 2014. Arkady Budnitsky/EPA