UN hails 'historic' Myanmar ceasefire

 Terming as "historic" the latest ceasefire reached between the Myanmarese government and 16 ethnic armed groups, former Indian diplomat and the UN Secretary General's special advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, has said that the agreement is the first step towards a larger dialogue for settling Myanmar's political and military issues.

Artillery fire breaks out in east Ukraine

Intensive artillery fire broke out Sunday near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, apparently breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, an AFP reporter said.

Israel army launches Gaza school shelling probe

The Israeli army has launched an investigation into the shelling of a UN school in the Gaza Strip while dismissing several other allegations of misconduct during a bloody war last July-August.

Pak Rangers violate ceasefire in Jammu

Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at a BSF post on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday.

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire in Samba district

Pakistan Rangers overnight violated the ceasefire in Samba district of Jammu region, resorting to unprovoked firing at a Border Security Force (BSF) picket.

Waiting game in Ukraine as ceasefire holds

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he`d spent more enjoyable evenings. German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked of a "glimmer of hope" but said she was under "no illusions".

Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday.

Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

 Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.

South Sudan stalemate ahead of peace talks deadline

Peace talks aimed at ending 15-month civil war in South Sudan appeared stalemated on Thursday with hours to go before a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal expires.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours: Ukraine military source

Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine were wounded in the last 24 hours in the country`s east where government troops are fighting with pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian military source told Reuters on Tuesday.

Ukrainian soldier killed, but ceasefire largely holds

One soldier has been killed in east Ukraine, but a shaky two-week-old ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels was still largely holding, the army said on Monday.

Ukrainian President okays ''peacekeepers'' for eastern region

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday approved a decision of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) to call for international peacekeepers to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the presidential press service said.

Ukraine's military reports significant fall in fighting

Ukraine`s military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.

Deaths shake Ukraine truce, Poroshenko wary of Russia threat


Kiev: Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid. 

Ceasefire takes hold in Ukraine, but US angry at Russia`s `lies`

 A UN-backed ceasefire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the US accused Russia of "lies" and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev`s forces.

Between June 2014 and January 2015, J&K saw 685 ceasefire violations

There were a total of 685 ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan Border in Jammu and Kashmir from June of last year to January this year, Rajya Sabha was on Tuesday told.

Vladimir Putin is 'wrong' on improbability of war in Ukraine, says EU official
Vladimir Putin is 'wrong' on improbability of war in Ukraine, says EU official

Even as a ceasefire agreed between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine is hanging by a thread, with both sides struggling to abide by the terms, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that a war will never happen.

Ukrainians to withdraw heavy weapons after full ceasefire
Ukrainians to withdraw heavy weapons after full ceasefire

Ukraine will start withdrawing its heavy weapons from the security zone in eastern Ukraine as soon as the pro-Russian separatist militias fully respect the agreed ceasefire, the Ukrainian military command announced Monday.

Ukraine military says cannot withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

 Ukraine`s military said on Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in the east as pro-Russian separatists had not stopped attacking government positions despite a ceasefire deal.

Ukraine conflict: Prisoner swap bolsters ''fragile ceasefire deal''

A week after a ceasefire agreement took effect, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia separatists have reportedly swapped dozens of prisoners in east Ukraine.