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EU says escalation in eastern Ukraine violates Minsk peace deal

Mounting attacks in government-held areas of eastern Ukraine violate a February peace deal with pro-Russian separatists, the EU said Tuesday.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country`s rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office

European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office

Azerbaijan has ordered the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to close its Baku office ahead of the European Games, the watchdog said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan ready for first European Games amid human rights concerns

Azerbaijan ready for first European Games amid human rights concerns

The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, are set to kick off in Azerbaijan`s Baku on Friday as gleaming new sports venues await 6,000 athletes, lured by qualification spots for next year`s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

`Intense shelling` in flashpoint Ukraine village: OSCE

OSCE observers said Monday they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons.

OSCE chief says `good chance for peace` in Ukraine

 The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged rival sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the war-torn region.

All heavy weapons removed from separation line: Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces have finished removing all their heavy weaponry from the line separating them and pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine, Efe news agency reported on Tuesday citing Anatoly Stelmakh, the Kiev military spokesmen.

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.

OSCE to monitor truce violation areas: Kiev

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 flashpoint sites on the country's eastern frontline to shore up a shaky truce, Ukraine said on Tuesday.

Tajik ruling party sweeps polls, opposition out

Tajikistan's ruling party looked set to win a hefty parliamentary majority while the main Islamic opposition cried foul after being shut out in weekend elections said by Western observers to have been marred by "significant" cheating.

Ukraine at a 'crossroads', still faces threat of war: OSCE

The OSCE's envoy to Ukraine warned Friday that while there were encouraging signs of a ceasefire taking hold in eastern Ukraine, the country still faced the threat of all-out war.

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Ukraine's military on Thursday said it had started the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline, bolstering a stuttering peace plan as the United States and Russia traded barbs over the conflict.

Access agreed for OSCE monitors in Ukraine: Berlin

The leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine have agreed on "concrete measures" to allow OSCE observers to monitor the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine, Berlin announced on Tuesday.

Quartet thrash out Ukraine summit as Merkel meets Obama

Quartet thrash out Ukraine summit as Merkel meets Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Monday to brief US President Barack Obama on the latest peace plan for Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed.

Use of cluster bombs in eastern Ukraine reported

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors the situation in Ukraine`s conflict-gripped eastern regions, Thursday said cluster bombs have been used during hostilities in Lugansk city.

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

Ukraine peace outlook is bleak: OSCE official

Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday

Over 4,000 killed in eastern Ukraine conflict: OSCE

 More than 4,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands of people have been injured in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the special envoy of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Thursday.

Ukraine rebels hinder border monitors as new armed columns appear

International monitors deployed along the Russian border in eastern Ukraine say their drones were shot at and jammed days before new columns of unmarked soldiers and weapons, said by the West to be Russian, were seen in the rebel-held territory this week.