MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to expedite citizenship applications from Ukrainians who live in parts of Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists, a move...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland (all times local):
The Northern Ireland Police Service says they have arrested a woman under the...
N Ireland: Woman arrested in slaying of journalist McKee
LONDON (AP) — The Northern Ireland Police Service said Tuesday they have arrested a woman under the Terrorism Act in connection with the slaying of journalist Lyra McKee.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Sudan's president and opposition leader are expected to travel to the Vatican next week for what the Holy See says is a "spiritual retreat" and opposition officials say...
France warns UN against unilateral path to Mideast peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's U.N. ambassador is warning the Trump administration ahead of the release of its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that any attempt to sidestep a two-state...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a...
Pope still hopes to visit South Sudan to promote peace
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the country "as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for...
CAIRO (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary is waring of a collapse of peace deals in Yemen, saying that "we are now in the last chance saloon."
Jeremy Hunt made his comments on Sunday during a...
UN says emergency decree will impact peace in Sudan’s Darfur
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. assistant secretary-general for Africa says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's declaration of a countrywide state of emergency and replacement of all governors will...
AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries.
Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative.
The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad would spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Abbas pledges to continue security cooperation with Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue security coordination with Israel, despite recent U.S. funding cuts to Palestinian security forces and years of impasse in the peace process.
Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian and Israeli activists on Wednesday that his government has counter-terrorism agreements with nearly 100 countries, including Israel.
UN envoy: Fighting in South Sudan ‘has diminished greatly’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After five years of civil war, the U.N. envoy for South Sudan said Tuesday that fighting in the world's newest nation "has diminished greatly" since last September's peace agreement — and so has political fighting.
David Shearer said at a news conference that he is encouraged by "a number of positive things."
Pope senses ‘good will’ in UAE for Yemen peace process
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday he sensed "good will to bring about a process of peace" in Yemen during his meetings with officials from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's key ally in the war.
Francis acknowledged that after only two days in Abu Dhabi and discussions with only a few people "it's difficult to offer an opinion." But speaking to reporters en route home, he said: "I found good will to bring about a process of peace" in the conflict.
The Latest: Colombia’s president reactivates arrest orders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the car bombing in Bogota (all times local):
Colombia's President Ivan Duque has reactivated arrest orders against the leaders of the county's last remaining rebel group after it was blamed for carrying out a car bombing on a police academy that left 21 dead.
US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.
The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan."
- The Washington TimesU.S. aims to have Taliban peace deal in place by July, says top Afghan negotiator ZhalilzadFebruary 8, 2019
- The Washington TimesSigns of progress in U.S. talks with Taliban; cease-fire discussedJanuary 24, 2019
- The Washington TimesSigns of progress in U.S. talks with Taliban; cease-fire discussedJanuary 24, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalKeep working for peace in North Korea -- Dave MindenAugust 4, 2018
Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters.
Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of recent shooting attacks against Israelis in the occupied territory. The raid attracted dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians, and the Israelis responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban issued a statement Tuesday threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington's peace envoy makes another round of the region in pursuit of a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted conflict before a frustrated President Donald Trump makes good on his 2016 campaign promise to end America's involvement.
Ex-Colombia rebel leader resurfaces regretting peace deal
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader has resurfaced in a video months after he turned his back on the peace process amid a U.S. drug-trafficking probe.
Luciano Marin says in the video that he regrets the decision by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to hand over its weapons under the 2016 peace accord, accusing the government of betraying its commitments to the guerrillas.
Afghan president appoints Pakistan critics to 2 top posts
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appointed hard-line opponents of neighboring Pakistan to two top security posts on Sunday, potentially complicating U.S. efforts to revive peace talks with the Taliban ahead of next summer's withdrawal of 7,000 American troops.
Pakistan praises plan for US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw half the U.S.'s troops from Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday told reporters in the central city of Multan that the decision is good for ongoing peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S.
Colombia guns down dissident rebel behind press kidnapping
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country's peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced Friday.
The president said Walter Arizala was killed during a "heroic operation" earlier in the day after a months-long, U.S.-backed manhunt that followed the kidnapping and murder of three Ecuadorian press workers in the turbulent border area.
UN: South Sudan still fragile but there’s a chance for peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.
Major powers report progress on new Syria constitution body
GENEVA (AP) — The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed Tuesday to facilitate convening the first session of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution early next year, saying they hoped it will lead to the launch of a "viable and lasting" peace process.
In a joint statement read out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, they said the work of the committee should be governed by a "sense of compromise and constructive engagement."
Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan.
Abbas met for 20 minutes Monday with Pope Francis and then the Vatican foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher.
Russia: Taliban, Afghan government to meet for peace talks
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed to take part in talks next week in Moscow on the Afghan peace process.
The talks were postponed in August after Afghanistan refused to send a delegation, saying the Taliban should first agree to direct talks with Kabul.
UK Brexit chief seeks elusive N Ireland border solution
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit chief met politicians from both sides of Northern Ireland's political divide Friday, but there was little sign of a breakthrough on the Irish border impasse that is frustrating divorce talks between the U.K. and the European Union.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab met with leaders of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party and Irish nationalists Sinn Fein, and visited the all-but-invisible border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.
UN chief decries failure to bring women into peacemaking
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday decried the failure to bring women into peacemaking, pointing to statistics showing that between 1990 and 2017, women constituted only 8 percent of negotiators and 5 percent of witnesses and signatories to major peace processes.
UN-AU envoy urges UN to consider action against Sudan rebel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The joint U.N.-African Union envoy for Darfur urged the Security Council on Monday to consider "stern measures" — likely sanctions — against Sudan Liberation Army founder Abdul Wahid Elnur, who has refused to join the peace process.
Jeremiah Mamabolo told the Security Council that "from all accounts, he prefers belligerence and armed struggle to cessation of hostilities and a political process" and "it is highly unlikely that he would change this position any time soon."
Italy’s PM visits Eritrea to pursue ‘rapport’ with leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Italy's prime minister made a rare visit to Eritrea on Friday to support its surprising new peace with neighboring Ethiopia as the international community waits to see what happens next in one of the world's most closed-off nations.
The Latest: Turkey criticizes US over PLO mission closure
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on reaction to closing of Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington (all times local):
Turkey has strongly criticized the United States for ordering the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday said the decision was "worrying," described it as another indication that the United States had "lost its neutral position" in the Middle East peace process.
Trump closing Palestinian mission in pro-Israel move
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process.
Some things to know:
The administration's move to close the PLO office in Washington is not directly connected to the Trump White House's opposition to the International Criminal Court, although the administration is trying to link them.
New US adviser to Afghanistan raises hackles in region
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The choice of Zalmay Khalilzad as a U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with many saying the veteran diplomat's tough stance on Pakistan could hinder his mission to convince a resurgent Taliban to engage in peace talks.
Whereabouts of 2 former Colombian rebels unknown
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities said Friday that two former rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have abandoned their camps, raising fears they could abandon a fragile peace process that ended five decades of internal conflict.
Colombia's lead prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez said that the whereabouts of Luciano Marin, who is more commonly known as Ivan Marquez, are unknown.
Russia indefinitely postpones meeting on Afghan peace talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Russia postponed indefinitely a meeting on the Afghan peace process planned for next week, Afghan officials said.
A statement released Monday by the office of the Afghan presidency said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have decided to postpone the meeting and hold it at a later date.
President Ghani insists the peace talks should be "Afghan owned and led," according to the statement.
US declines invitation to Russia-led talks on Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, as the Trump administration prepared to appoint a diplomatic veteran as a new special envoy for the war-battered nation.
India’s Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died
NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Vajpayee had been hospitalized for more than two months with a kidney infection and chest congestion, announced his death.
Northern Ireland marks 20 years since deadly Omagh blast
LONDON (AP) — Bereaved families held a solemn service Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing, the deadliest attack in Northern Ireland's four decades of violence.
On Aug. 15, 1998, a car bomb ripped through crowds of shoppers, workers and tourists in the market town, killing 29 people including a woman pregnant with twins. Police blame an Irish Republican Army splinter group that was opposed to Northern Ireland's peace process, but no one has been convicted of the bombing.
UN condemns rising incitement to hatred in CAfrican Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned "the rise of incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence" in the Central African Republic and attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State extremist groups in the broader region.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Sunday it is "deeply concerned" about South Sudan's peace process and "skeptical" that President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar can oversee an end to a five-year civil war.
The White House press secretary's statement comes amid rising international frustration as Kiir and Machar pursue a fragile new peace agreement. The proposed deal once again would make Machar Kiir's deputy — an arrangement that has erupted in deadly violence.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's president says he thinks the mindset of Greek Cypriots remains unchanged from when the latest effort to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus collapsed a year ago.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Cyprus on Tuesday to meet with the leader of the island nation's breakaway Turkish side, Mustafa Akinci.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians gathered in cities across the country Friday night to demand an end to a wave of activist killings that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process.
Demonstrators holding candles filled Bogota's main Plaza Bolivar to draw attention to the 311 leftists and human rights defenders that authorities say have been killed since 2016, the year the government signed a landmark peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have again rejected an Afghan offer for peace talks with the government in Kabul.
Friday's statement by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the insurgents "are not interested in talks while foreign soldiers are still on Afghan soil."
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The British foreign secretary has visited Afghanistan, where he says peace efforts have gained "considerable impetus."
Boris Johnson held talks with President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan and NATO officials during the brief visit Monday.
He welcomed the government's efforts to launch a peace process with the Taliban, after a three-day holiday truce this month that brought a brief respite from the 17-year war.
UN chief to meet with US secretary of state
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss "issues of mutual concern" that will likely include the Middle East peace process and North Korea.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the meeting is scheduled for Saturday in Washington, where Guterres also plans to attend a Portuguese-American event.
The U.S. State Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Thursday rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says top security officials are in Pakistan for talks on reviving the peace process with the Taliban.
Feroz Bashari, a government spokesman, says National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, intelligence chief Masoum Stanikzai and Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak traveled to Pakistan Tuesday for talks with senior officials.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia's political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation's peace process.