Colombia celebrates FARC rebel ceasefire

 War-weary Colombia celebrated Monday the start of a FARC rebel ceasefire after a half-century of hostilities, with hopes still high that its fragile peace process can hold.

Fulfilling end-of-life wishes gives peace

 Asking for and honouring last wishes helps to bring peace to critically ill patients and their families, says a new study.

UN envoy to present new Syria peace proposals

The UN peace envoy for Syria plans to present new proposals at the end of July on the next steps needed in efforts to end the war, the UN spokesman said Friday.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar helps to bring peace to Colombia

 Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has played a role in brokering a peace deal between the Colombian government and left guerrilla organisation FARC, has asked the former to understand that the ceasefire would take some time to come into effect.

Peace essential for development, says SC judge

Supreme Court judge Justice T S Thakur, who was jointly felicitated during a programme in the Tripura High Court by the High Court Bar Association and Tripura Bar Association, has said that peace is the precondition for development.

UN appeals for $1.6bn for war-ravaged Yemen

The United Nations on Friday appealed for $1.6 billion to help the 21 million people in need of aid in war-torn Yemen, warning of a "looming catastrophe".

Assad, UN envoy agree to keep pressing for Syria peace

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura agreed Tuesday to continue talks to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict, Syria`s state news agency reported.

India committed to peaceful use of nuclear capabilities: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that India was committed to the peaceful use of its nuclear capabilities.

Centre strongly on path of peace and development in Northeast: Jitendra Singh

The Centre was strongly on the path of peace and its endeavour for it and development in the Northeast will not be hampered by insurgent activities, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Friday.

Peace, terrorism, tolerance take centre-stage at religious congress

The words terrorism, peace and tolerance reverberated throughout the final day of the two-day Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions that was held at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in this Kazakhstan capital Astana.

Regional interests "undermine" South Sudan peace: Report

 South Sudan`s floundering peace talks are being undermined by the economic interests of the regional states leading the process, an advocacy group warned Wednesday.

Israeli defence minister sees no peace with Palestinians in his lifetime

Israel`s defence minister said on Tuesday he did not believe a stable peace agreement could be reached with the Palestinians in his lifetime - one of the bleakest assessments from a top-level cabinet member since talks collapsed last year.

Time to take `bold political decisions`: G7 to warring Libyan sides

G7 leaders urged Libya`s warring factions to take "bold political decisions" at UN peace talks Monday, as fears grew that the oil producer is on the verge of collapsing into a failed state.

Ukraine talks postponed as Kiev blames Russian `sabotage`

Kiev on Tuesday accused Moscow of sabotaging Ukraine crisis talks, after a meeting in Minsk aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine was postponed.

Myanmar opposition, 88-Generation student group to work together

Myanmar opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and 88-Generation Peace and Open Society Group agreed on Wednesday to work on elections, constitution amendment and domestic peace process.

Colombian President calls for peace as FARC death toll climbs

The president of Colombia called Saturday for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, as local media reported that seven rebels had died in an ongoing government offensive.

After day of calm, Burundi orders immediate end to protests

 Burundi`s government on Saturday ordered protesters to immediately end weeks of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza`s third term bid and ordered all barricades to be removed within 48 hours.

Sri Lankan artist's ideas on peace in Kolkata exhibition
Sri Lankan artist's ideas on peace in Kolkata exhibition

 Ideas exploring concepts of freedom and space, captured through oil paintings by a Sri Lankan artist, will go on display at an exhibition beginning here on April 24, the organisers said on Saturday.

Only Samajwadi Parivar can bring peace to nation: Azam Khan

Welcoming the merger of Janata Parivar, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Tuesday stressed that only the socialist ideology can create an atmosphere of amity amidst hatred and anarchy.

Libya rivals discuss UN-backed peace proposals: Envoy

Libya`s rival parliaments discussed Wednesday proposals unveiled a day earlier aimed at ending violence and establishing a provisional government, UN envoy Bernardino Leon said.