Latest Cease fires News

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished

Feb. 8, 2019 4:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering expectations, the Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan said Friday that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, negotiations are far from finished. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he hopes a final deal is clinched...

Red Cross: Yemen prisoner release 'hanging in the balance'

Feb. 4, 2019 2:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The release of prisoners by Yemen's warring parties is "hanging in the balance" because of differences over the lists submitted by the government and its Saudi-led coalition partners and rival Houthi rebels, a senior Red Cross official said Monday. Dominik Stillhart, operations...

Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Feb. 3, 2019 1:51 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community. Francis earlier Sunday called for the...

Yemen coalition alarmed at Houthi cease-fire violations

Feb. 1, 2019 7:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's government and its key coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates expressed "growing alarm" at what they say are "persistent, deliberate violations" by rival Houthi Shiite rebels of the December cease-fire agreement in the key port of Hodeida. Ambassadors of...

UN envoy reported 'optimistic' on Yemen cease-fire

Jan. 31, 2019 7:57 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths "is optimistic" that a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida is holding despite some violations and that Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels are committed to redeploying their forces from the area, Kuwait's U.N. ambassador said Thursday. Mansour...

UN replaces Cammaert as monitoring chief in Yemen's key port

Jan. 31, 2019 1:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, who has been heading the U.N. operation monitoring a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida, is being replaced by a Danish officer. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who announced Danish Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard's appointment...

Peace with the Taliban? Trump warned of Afghan pullout risks

Jan. 30, 2019 10:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among the president's allies that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition that...

UN humanitarian chief urges aid delivery to Syrians

Jan. 30, 2019 5:50 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief urged Syria's warring parties on Wednesday to ensure the delivery of desperately needed aid to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan and warned again that a major military operation in extremist-controlled Idlib would be a humanitarian catastrophe....

Al-Qaida's advance in northern Syria threatens fragile truce

Jan. 30, 2019 6:56 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — It only took a few days for al-Qaida-linked militants to seize more than two dozen towns and villages in northern Syria from rival insurgents earlier this month, cementing their control over an area the size of neighboring Lebanon. The advance by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or the Levant Liberation...