New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message
New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Afghan Taliban stay mum on Mullah Omar death reports
Afghan Taliban stay mum on Mullah Omar death reports

The Taliban today rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Taliban, Afghan govt to hold second round of talks by July-end

The Afghanistan government and the Taliban representatives are expected to hold the second round of their peace talks at the end of this month, officials said on Saturday.

Second round of Afghan peace talks likely next week in China

China is likely to host a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives next week, an Afghan official said on Friday, raising hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed.

Issues can be resolved if India, Pak have 'will': Abdul Basit
Issues can be resolved if India, Pak have 'will': Abdul Basit

Amid the ongoing tension between the two countries over ceasefire violations, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Saturday said his country is committed to improving ties with India and that issues between both the countries could be resolved if they have the "will".

Taliban leader approves Afghan peace talks

Elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Wednesday described the peace talks with the Afghan government as "legitimate" and announced his outfit`s readiness for talks.

Afghan delegation in Pakistan for talks with Taliban: Official
Afghan delegation in Pakistan for talks with Taliban: Official

An Afghan delegation has travelled to Islamabad in the latest bid to start peace talks with the Taliban, officials said Tuesday, though there was no confirmation the militants would take part.

Libya rivals back in Morocco for fresh peace talks

Libya`s warring factions arrived Thursday in Morocco for a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks aimed at putting an end to months of fighting in the stricken North African state.

Two Ukraine troops killed ahead of peace talks

Ukraine on Monday reported the death of two soldiers in the past day of fighting with pro-Russian insurgents across the industrial east.

Three killed as clashes grip Ukraine ahead of talks

Ukraine on Sunday reported the death of two soldiers, while pro-Russian rebels accused Kiev`s forces of killing a civilian as fresh clashes preceded peace talks aimed at ending the 15-month war.

Inaction on Mideast peace risks setting conflict "ablaze": France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday that the stalemate in the peace process risked setting the conflict "ablaze" and urged both sides to return to the negotiating table quickly.

UN hopeful of Yemen truce, door is open for more talks

Talks on the war in Yemen ended without agreement on a ceasefire on Friday but the United Nations special envoy who presided over the process said the door was open for more dialogue and he was still hopeful of a truce.

Air strikes hit elite Yemen forces, Geneva truce talks break off

 Saudi-led warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the dominant Houthi faction in Yemen`s conflict on Friday, residents said, and UN-sponsored ceasefire talks broke off without a deal to end nearly three months of fighting.

No agreement at Yemen peace talks in Geneva: Foreign minister

Yemen`s warring parties have failed to reach a deal at UN-hosted peace negotiations in Geneva that are set to wrap up Friday, Yemen`s foreign minister in exile said.

Air strikes hit Yemen Republican Guard camps, Geneva talks struggle
Air strikes hit Yemen Republican Guard camps, Geneva talks struggle

Saudi-led warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the dominant Houthi faction in Yemen`s civil war on Friday, residents said, as UN diplomats in Geneva struggled to nudge the various sides towards a ceasefire deal.

Colombian government, FARC rebels resume dialogue
Colombian government, FARC rebels resume dialogue

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country`s largest insurgent group, have resumed their peace talks in the Cuban capital of Havana.

New Ukraine peace talks fail to halt escalating clashes

Ukraine on Tuesday reported the death of two soldiers as a fresh round of European-mediated talks with pro-Russian insurgents failed to break a deadlock over the future status of eastern separatist enclaves.

Taliban, Afghan government attend Norway conference

Taliban militants and an Afghan government delegation both attended a conference on conflict resolution in Norway on Tuesday, but peace talks between the two camps were not officially on the agenda.

Deadly clashes precede new Ukraine peace talks

Ukraine on Tuesday reported the death of two soldiers in advance of European-mediated talks with pro-Russian insurgents aimed at breaking a deadlock over the future status of eastern separatist enclaves.

UN's Ban urges two-week Yemen truce as opens peace talks

The head of the United Nations opened peace talks on Yemen on Monday with a call for a humanitarian ceasefire, saying the country was on the verge of a collapse that the Middle East could not withstand.