UN envoy plans Libya trip soon to negotiate ceasefire

The new UN special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceasefire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield.

Heavy fighting in South Sudan amid sanctions warnings

South Sudan`s civil war entered its ninth month Friday with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles, diplomats said, days after UN warnings of sanctions if the conflict continues.

Saudi warns of civil war in Iraq

Saudi Arabia warned Wednesday of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.

50,000 children facing death in war-torn South Sudan: UN

More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations warned today as it begged for over a billion dollars to support those hit by six months of civil war.

S Sudan`s warring leaders agree deadline for new govt

South Sudan`s president and rebel chief met today in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia`s prime minster said.

Voters in California contemplate forming new state

Residents of California`s largely agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties, feeling out of sync with their counterparts in major urban areas, are contemplating breaking away to become America`s 51st state.

Sri Lanka urged to go for international investigation

The Sri Lankan government should comply with the March 2014 UN Human Rights Council resolution creating an international investigation into allegations of serious abuses by both sides during the civil war, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Serb writer Dobrica Cosic, civil war president, dies at 92

Dobrica Cosic, a nationalist writer who served briefly as Yugoslavia`s president as the country unraveled in civil war, died today, his family said.
He was 92.

Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited

Ukraine`s interim leaders on Wednesday pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis.

Ukraine on brink of civil war: Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, making it difficult to hold free and fair elections later this month.

Thailand protesters occupy heart of power as crisis deepens

From ornate staterooms once used to host dignitaries including Barack Obama, Thailand`s opposition protesters are plotting the appointment of an unelected premier in a move which government supporters warn could spark civil war.

US prez meets Syrian opposition leader, promises support to restore peace

US President Barack Obama has met Syrian Opposition leader Ahmad Jarba at the White House and lend his support to their fight for democracy and protection of human rights.

US Defence chief arrives in Saudi

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in the Saudi Arabia Tuesday, the first leg of a regional tour focusing on Iran`s nuclear programme and Syria`s civil war.

South Sudan ceasefire broken as rebels and army battle

South Sudanese rebels and government troops waged fresh battles on Monday, breaking a new ceasefire deal and dashing hopes to a swift end to five months of brutal civil war.

Warring South Sudan rivals ready for peace talks

South Sudan`s president and rebel chief prepared Friday to meet for the first time since brutal civil war broke out nearly five months ago, amid international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide.

Freed South Sudan `treason` leaders in Nairobi: Kenya

Four top South Sudan leaders freed after their trial for treason was stopped in a move seen as a step towards ending brutal civil war have arrived in Nairobi, Kenya`s presidency said Thursday.

South Sudan rebel chief promises talks to end war

South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar has promised to attend peace talks, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday as he pushed efforts to end a brutal civil war he said "enrages my soul".

`Chaos and risk of civil war` if no Ukraine vote: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande warned on Tuesday that Ukraine risked descending into chaos and civil war if the presidential election planned for May 25 is not held.

Russia engineered Odessa clashes claiming 40 lives: Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Sunday of engineering clashes in Odessa that led to the deaths of more than 40 pro-Russian activists in a blazing building and pushed the country closer to civil war.

South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia: mediators

Peace talks between South Sudan`s government and rebels aimed at ending a four-month-old civil war resumed in the Ethiopian capital on Monday, regional mediators said.