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US warns Russia over Ukraine as OSCE meets

In principle, both Moscow and Washington have now expressed support for the idea of a UN peacekeeping mission to end the war between Kiev`s government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Dec 07, 2017, 19:58 PM IST

Azerbaijan holds referendum on boosted presidency

Azerbaijanis went to the polls Monday in a controversial referendum on handing extra powers to long-serving President Ilham Aliyev, with opposition and rights groups criticising the proposed constitutional changes as undemocratic.

Sep 26, 2016, 11:54 AM IST

EU says escalation in eastern Ukraine violates Minsk peace deal

Mounting attacks in government-held areas of eastern Ukraine violate a February peace deal with pro-Russian separatists, the EU said Tuesday.

Aug 12, 2015, 03:10 AM IST

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country`s rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

Jun 11, 2015, 18:48 PM IST

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Jun 10, 2015, 22:03 PM IST

European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office

Azerbaijan has ordered the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to close its Baku office ahead of the European Games, the watchdog said on Wednesday.

Jun 10, 2015, 19:09 PM IST

Azerbaijan ready for first European Games amid human rights concerns

The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, are set to kick off in Azerbaijan`s Baku on Friday as gleaming new sports venues await 6,000 athletes, lured by qualification spots for next year`s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Jun 10, 2015, 16:21 PM IST

`Intense shelling` in flashpoint Ukraine village: OSCE

OSCE observers said Monday they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons.

Apr 27, 2015, 12:38 PM IST

OSCE chief says `good chance for peace` in Ukraine

 The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged rival sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the war-torn region.

Apr 20, 2015, 16:44 PM IST

All heavy weapons removed from separation line: Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces have finished removing all their heavy weaponry from the line separating them and pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine, Efe news agency reported on Tuesday citing Anatoly Stelmakh, the Kiev military spokesmen.

Mar 10, 2015, 19:35 PM IST

Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday.

Mar 07, 2015, 02:26 AM IST

OSCE to monitor truce violation areas: Kiev

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 flashpoint sites on the country's eastern frontline to shore up a shaky truce, Ukraine said on Tuesday.

Mar 03, 2015, 16:49 PM IST

Tajik ruling party sweeps polls, opposition out

Tajikistan's ruling party looked set to win a hefty parliamentary majority while the main Islamic opposition cried foul after being shut out in weekend elections said by Western observers to have been marred by "significant" cheating.

Mar 03, 2015, 01:36 AM IST

Ukraine at a 'crossroads', still faces threat of war: OSCE

The OSCE's envoy to Ukraine warned Friday that while there were encouraging signs of a ceasefire taking hold in eastern Ukraine, the country still faced the threat of all-out war.

Feb 28, 2015, 00:13 AM IST

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Ukraine's military on Thursday said it had started the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline, bolstering a stuttering peace plan as the United States and Russia traded barbs over the conflict.

Feb 26, 2015, 23:29 PM IST

Access agreed for OSCE monitors in Ukraine: Berlin

The leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine have agreed on "concrete measures" to allow OSCE observers to monitor the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine, Berlin announced on Tuesday.

Feb 17, 2015, 12:15 PM IST

Quartet thrash out Ukraine summit as Merkel meets Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Monday to brief US President Barack Obama on the latest peace plan for Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed.

Feb 09, 2015, 15:14 PM IST

Use of cluster bombs in eastern Ukraine reported

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors the situation in Ukraine`s conflict-gripped eastern regions, Thursday said cluster bombs have been used during hostilities in Lugansk city.

Feb 05, 2015, 21:45 PM IST

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

Jan 27, 2015, 22:08 PM IST

Ukraine peace outlook is bleak: OSCE official

Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday

Nov 20, 2014, 17:32 PM IST