Kiev hopes for stalled truce talks despite separatist vow
Kiev hopes for stalled truce talks despite separatist vow

 Kiev`s pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels` vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail.

Ukraine Rockets kill 21 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes on Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 21 people, authorities said.

Israel aircraft hit Gaza for first time since August truce

 Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said early Saturday.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree new truce

 Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels "agreed in principle" on a ceasefire in one separatist province and were working to conclude a broader truce on Tuesday that would end nearly eight months of bloodshed.

NATO warns on Ukraine truce as fighters set to pull back

 Ukrainian forces and pro-Kremlin militias were due Sunday to pull back under a new peace plan, but NATO`s top military commander warned that there was a ceasefire "in name only" on the ground.

Ukraine accuses pro-Russian rebels of threatening truce

 Ukraine on Sunday accused pro-Russian rebels of jeopardising the fragile peace push by intensifying their attacks on government positions despite a nine-day old ceasefire.

Israel, Palestine agree on long-term Gaza ceasefire
Israel, Palestine agree on long-term Gaza ceasefire

Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday agreed on a long-term Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to end the devastating 50-day war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has killed over 2,200 people.

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as the troubled country prepared for Independence Day celebrations Sunday.

Gaza conflict: With deadline looming, Israel-Hamas truce talks yet to make headway

With barely a day remaining for the end of temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the indirect talks between Hamas and Israel are yet to make any headway in the ongoing negotiations.

Israel, Palestine hold talks as truce takes hold in Gaza

The indirect talks are being mediated by Egypt and began a day after the two sides agreed to a new 72-hour cease-fire.

UN chief appeals Israelis, Palestinians to extend truce

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Sunday urged "in the strongest terms" both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, the humanitarian ceasefire that was in effect and mostly observed until early in the day.

John Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce as Gaza war rages

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday placed the onus on Hamas to end the conflict raging in Gaza as he worked with Egypt to fine-tune a ceasefire proposal.

Arab League chief urges Hamas to accept Egypt`s truce plan

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi urged Hamas on Monday to accept an Egyptian proposal to end the fighting between the militants in Gaza and Israel that has killed almost 600 Palestinians.

Abbas, Meshaal to meet Sunday to discuss Gaza truce: official

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal will meet in Qatar to discuss a truce in Gaza, day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said.

Hamas official in Cairo for Gaza truce talks: Palestinians

A Hamas official was to hold talks in Cairo today on Egyptian efforts to end the deadly conflict between his Gaza-based Islamist movement and Israel, the Palestinians said.

US warns Israel against Gaza invasion, Egypt unveils truce plan

Washington warned its Israeli ally against a ground invasion of Gaza, as the death toll from Israel`s air campaign topped that of a 2012 assault and Cairo unveiled a truce plan Monday.

Egypt proposes Israel-Gaza truce to start on Tuesday

Egypt proposed a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and its Islamist foe Hamas to start at 0600 GMT Tuesday and be followed by talks on easing the flow goods into Gaza.

Vatican calls for global ceasefire during World Cup final

The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday`s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine.

Ukraine rejects talks with rebels until they disarm

Ukraine on Tuesday brushed off strong European pressure and rejected talks with pro-Russian rebels about a truce halting a bloody insurgency convulsing the ex-Soviet nation until they laid down their arms.

Russia regrets end of Ukraine truce and urges new talks

Russia expressed "regret" on Tuesday over Ukraine`s decision to restart a military operation against separatists and urged its foreign partners to stop using the ex-Soviet country as a pawn in geopolitical games.