18 killed in Libya clashes despite peace talks

At least 18 people were killed and 44 others wounded in fierce clashes in Libya`s second largest city of Benghazi, medical sources said on Tuesday, even as a new round of peace talks gets going in Geneva.

Syria UN envoy to head government team in Moscow talks

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, will head the government team in peace talks due to open in Moscow, a pro-government newspaper reported.

EU official proposes widening Mideast peace talks body

Diplomats must take a fresh look at the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the hopes of reviving the negotiations after March elections in Israel, the EU`s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.

New round of peace talks on Ukraine set for Wednesday -Germany

A new round of peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine will be held in Berlin on Wednesday evening with the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France taking part, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Upsurge in Ukraine violence prompts new peace push

A massive assault by Russian-backed insurgents on a Ukrainian force hanging on to a ruined airport near the rebels` main stronghold prompted Germany on Tuesday to announce urgent new peace talks.

In Israel, Japan PM talks business with tough line on peace

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with top Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Monday in a bid to deepen economic cooperation while also bringing a tough message on peace.

Libya's Islamist-backed Parliament sets conditions for talks

Libya's Islamist-backed parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), announced Sunday to join the UN-sponsored peace talks on the condition that they were held within Libya, according to officials.

Cancelled Ukraine summit to go ahead at `end of January`

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed Thursday that the delayed talks on Ukraine conflict with leaders of Russia, France and Germany will take place at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday.

Kerry backs Russian bid for fresh Syria peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday backed Russia-led bid for fresh talks to bring about a peaceful resolution to the catastrophic Syrian crisis that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced nearly three-quarters of the war-torn country's population.

Ukraine to pursue talks with rebels before delayed peace summit

 Ukraine said on Tuesday that a peace summit President Petro Poroshenko had hoped to convene to end his ex-Soviet republic`s separatist uprising would require more preparation and talks with pro-Russian rebels.

Six killed ahead of planned Ukraine peace talks

Four Ukrainian soldiers and two civilians were reported killed today in an upsurge in mortar and rocket attacks launched just days ahead of planned international talks on the crisis.

UN envoy meets Libyan stakeholders to restart peace talks

The UN special envoy to Libya has held discussions with Libyan stakeholders over ways to end hostilities and convene a political dialogue, the UN mission in Libya said in a statement Friday.

UN chief urges North Korea to accept talks with Seoul

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a South Korean proposal to hold high-level talks with North Korea and urged Pyongyang to accept the offer.

`Difficult` Ukraine talks end without new date agreement

 Ukranian and rebel envoys concluded "difficult" marathon talks on Wednesday without agreeing the date of a new round aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising devastating the ex-Soviet state`s industrial east.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Ukranian and rebel envoys prepared for intense talks on Wednesday aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties.

UN says Libya rivals agree ''in principle'' to peace talks -envoys

 The United Nations informed the Security Council on Tuesday that rival factions in Libya have agreed "in principle" to hold a new round of peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis early in the new year.

Ukraine`s Poroshenko to hold peace talks with rebels `this week`

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday a fresh round of peace talks with Ukraine would take place this week following an international push to revive the stalled negotiations.

Palestinians mourn official as Israel braces for unrest

Thousands of Palestinians gathered Thursday to mourn a senior official who died in a confrontation with Israeli troops, as the army sent reinforcements to the West Bank and braced for unrest.

Syria's Assad backs Russia peace bid, Moscow in touch with US

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to re-launch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting.

FARC and Colombian government resume peace talks: Officials

The FARC and the Colombian government agreed Wednesday to resume peace talks that stalled over the kidnap of an army general, according to Cuba and Norway, the two countries shepherding the peace process.