Pak envoy's meet with separatists undermined constructive engagement: India

Pakistan envoy's meeting with separatist leaders here had undermined the constructive diplomatic engagement initiated by India in May because of which Foreign Secretary talks had to be cancelled, government said today days after Pakistan questioned India's decision.

NATO says separatists in Ukraine violate ceasefire

Ukrainian forces are doing what they can to respect the peace agreement signed in Minsk, while that country`s pro-Russian separatists, with Russian backing, are violating it, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

Second phase of polls in J&K, Jharkhand on Tuesday
Second phase of polls in J&K, Jharkhand on Tuesday

Stage is set for second phase of elections in 18 seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 20 spread across seven Maoist-hit tribal districts of Jharkhand on Tuesday which will seal the fate of several high-profile candidates including two former chief ministers, seven state ministers and a former separatist.

Voters in J&K defy separatists' poll boycott call

Power of democracy prevailed over the separatist-sponsored call for boycott as voters from five constituencies of the Kashmir Valley today thronged polling stations to exercise their franchise in the first of the five-phased elections in the state.

Ukraine accuses Russia of cross-border shelling

Ukraine Friday accused Russia of carrying out cross-border shelling against Ukrainian positions in the eastern part of the country even as pro-Russian separatists put the toll in the ongoing conflict at 5,000.

Doors open for separatists: BJP

BJP on Friday appealed to the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to join the political mainstream and approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead of knocking at the doors of Pakistani PM.

Ukraine rattled by Russia troop movements as separatists vote

Separatists in eastern Ukraine held elections Sunday as claims of "intensive" troop movements crossing the Russian border cast new doubts over a truce.

Separatist elections an illegal "power grab": Ukraine

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Ukraine separatists 'violate' month-old ceasefire

Ukraine's military accused Russian-backed separatists of again violating a month-old ceasefire on Sunday, saying their forces came under attack in several parts of the east including the airport at the big city of Donetsk.

Ukraine rebels set on independence: Top separatist

 Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday insisted they intend to break away and become independent, despite a vow from President Petro Poroshenko the restive east will remain part of Ukraine.

Choose between government and separatists: Arun Jaitley to Pakistan

In a stern message to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said it was for the neighbouring country to decide whether it wants to talk to the Indian government or the separatists.

Modi govt shouldn`t have agreed to talks with Pakistan in first place: Congress

Congress on Monday raised questions on India calling off the Foreign Secretary level talks scheduled between the two countries on August 25 in Islamabad, stating that the government shouldn`t have agreed to talks in the first place.

Bilateral talks cannot resolve Kashmir issue: Separatist leader

Senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday welcomed the upcoming Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks but maintained that bilateral dialogue between the two countries would not resolve the Kashmir issue as people of the state were principle party to the dispute.

Separatists in Ukraine agree to ceasefire until June 27: Rebel leader

Separatist leaders in two main areas of Ukraine`s east have agreed to observe a ceasefire until June 27, one of them, Alexander Boroday, said on Monday.

Ukraine forces fight fierce battle with eastern separatists

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists were locked in a fierce battle in the rebellious east of the country on Thursday, Ukrainian military sources said.

Separatists in eastern Ukraine attack border post

Ukrainian forces fended off an attack by pro-Russian separatists on a border post in the east of the country late on Thursday in the second major attack on a post straddling Ukraine and Russia in recent days.

Ukraine separatists confirm they detained OSCE observers

The leader of pro-Moscow insurgents in the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine on Thursday confirmed that his forces had detained four observers from the European security body OSCE who have been missing since Monday.

Don`t sideline K-issue: Separatists to India, Pak

The moderate Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on welcomed the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan but cautioned both the countries against sidelining Kashmir issue.

Rebels seize two Ukrainian journalists on spying charges

Two Ukrainian journalists accused of "spying" have been taken hostage by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern district of Luhansk, the OSCE`s monitoring group said Tuesday.