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UN envoy to Syria this month to pursue freeze start date

The UN special envoy to Syria will travel to Damascus this month to pursue a start date for a proposed six-week suspension of government airstrikes and artillery shelling in the city of Aleppo, a new report says.

US envoy to Africa`s Great Lakes stepping down

The US special envoy to Africa`s Great Lakes region, Russ Feingold, is stepping down next month amid speculation the former senator may seek to regain his seat in the Senate.

Foreign militants a growing danger on home soil: US envoy

The danger of foreign fighters and self-radicalised individuals who support Islamic State (IS) mounting attacks in their home countries is growing even as the fight against the militants makes progress, a US official said on Wednesday.

Obama passes law to appoint special envoy in Asia

US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill which calls for appointing a special envoy near East and South Central Asia to promote freedom of religious minorities.

Israel deserves Nobel Prize for `restraint`: Israeli envoy

Israeli soldiers should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the "unimaginable restraint" they are showing in fighting Hamas, Israel`s ambassador to the US has said, backing his country`s right to self-defence.

US Mideast envoy quits after attempt at peace deal

US special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

UN envoy Brown vows new school for kidnapped Nigerian girls

UN education envoy Gordon Brown has pledged that a school from where more than 200 girls were kidnapped by Islamist militants will be rebuilt, as he visited Nigeria for talks on boosting security. Britain`s former prime minister met President Goodluck Jonathan and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as part of his "Safe School Initiative" unveiled in May, which aims to help hundreds of schools hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Myanmar hands over Bangladesh paramilitary soldier`s body

Myanmar`s border force Saturday handed over the body of a paramilitary troop who was killed in Wednesday`s firing on Bangladesh paramilitary personnel.

Kidnapped Jordan envoy freed in swap for jihadist

Jordan`s ambassador to Libya has been freed, a month after being kidnapped, and is on his way home Tuesday in an exchange for a jihadist jailed for plotting bomb attacks.

UN chief to send envoy to Nigeria to discuss internal issues

In the wake of recent abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the UN chief today offered to send a high-level envoy to the country to discuss ways in which the world body can support them in tackling internal challenges.

Pakistan`s new envoy to US to play crucial role in 2014

Pakistan`s new envoy to the US, former Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, is expected to play a key role in steering bilateral ties ahead of the pull-out of foreign troops from war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Obama nominates Democratic senator Baucus as China envoy

US President Barack Obama today said he would nominate Democratic Senator Max Baucus as his new ambassador to China, at a time of spiking tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Malaysia summons Singapore envoy over spying claim

Malaysia`s foreign ministry summoned a senior Singaporean diplomat today over allegations that the city-state has helped the United States and Australia tap telecommunications links in Asia for espionage.

Pakistani envoy does U-turn on Dawood Ibrahim

In a flip-flop, Islamabad`s point man for Track-II dialogue with India, Shahryar Khan, has made a U-turn on his remarks acknowledging the presence in Pakistan of one of India`s most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim.

India to respect protocol for Bangladesh port project, envoy says

India on Tuesday assured Bangladesh that it would abide by the country`s laws for proposed construction of a port after Dhaka denied being aware of any such plan.

Amid Sri Lanka heat, Indian envoy to Geneva called

India recalled its envoy in Geneva for consultations on US resolution on Sri Lanka as Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa sought tough stand and DMK`s Karunanidhi demanded probe into "genocide" of Tamils.

Russian envoy denies’re-Sovietization` claims

Alexander Grushko has refuted claims by US Sec of State Hillary Clinton that Russia was aiming to "re-Sovietize" Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

‘Ex-Sri Lankan Prez threatened war with India’

Lakhan Lal Mehrotra has told Indian Foreign Affairs Journal that Premadasa held out the sensational threat when he called on the president at his Colombo office.

‘Cornered’ Assad ‘ready to use chemical weapons’

A top Syrian politician, who defected to the opposition, has said Assad’s regime will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if cornered.

Syrian envoy defects, turns the gun against Assad

Nawaf al-Fares on Thursday, urged the military and Ba’ath party to stand up against the President.