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Syria: Ceasefire Is Over

Fragile peace collapses after multiple violations in 7 days

(Newser) - Syria's military command has declared the US-Russian brokered ceasefire over, blaming the country's rebel groups for undermining the agreement that lasted seven days, reports the AP . In a statement Monday, the Syrian military said that "armed terrorist groups" repeatedly violated the ceasefire that came into effect last... More »

Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance as Truce Starts

7-day ceasefire takes effect in Syria

(Newser) - The latest attempt to bring peace to Syria has officially begun: A ceasefire brokered last week by the US and Russia went into effect Monday morning, reports the BBC . However, this being Syria—whose civil war is a many-sided conflict —it remained unclear just how effective it would be.... More »

New Syria Deal Creates US-Russia Partnership

They'll work together against ISIS, Nusra Front

(Newser) - The United States and Russia working in lockstep against ISIS and al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. A rejuvenated truce that will compel President Bashar Assad's air and ground forces to pull back. New flows of badly needed humanitarian aid. Those details emerged Saturday as US Secretary of State John... More »

US, Russia Announce Plan for Ceasefire in Syria

It could be a 'turning point' in the five-year civil war

(Newser) - Russia and the US announced plans for a ceasefire in the five-year Syrian civil war Friday, CNN reports. Under the agreement—which both the Syrian government and opposition groups have tentatively agreed to—calls for an end to hostilities starting at sundown on Monday. Secretary of State John Kerry says... More »

Colombia Ushers in Ceasefire That Was 52 Years in Coming

FARC-government peace took hold at 12:01am

(Newser) - The stroke of 12:01am on Monday brought a nascent peace to Colombia that was more than a half-century in the making . A bloody war between Bogota and the FARC rebels claimed more than 220,000 lives, reports the AP , but "never again will parents be burying their sons... More »

Kerry: 'Provisional' Syria Ceasefire Deal Reached

Could go into effect within days

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that a "provisional agreement" has been reached on a ceasefire that could begin in the next few days in Syria's five-year civil war. Kerry said he spoke in the morning with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss terms of a... More »

Moroccan F-16 Goes MIA Ahead of Yemen Ceasefire

So far Yemen has remained relatively tight-lipped about the missing fighter jet

(Newser) - A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen has gone missing, the North African nation's military said today, a day ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian ceasefire. It wasn't immediately clear what happened to the jet, which... More »

Ukraine Peacekeepers Would 'Destroy' Truce: Russia

Ambassador accuses Ukrainian president of calling for UN assistance

(Newser) - In an unraveling ceasefire with Russia-backed separatists, Ukraine lost the city of Debaltseve yesterday; the BBC also reports that shelling picked up in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, and that separatists have been conducting mortar attacks in the town of Shirokyne. So it's perhaps not surprising that Ukrainian President... More »

In Ukraine, a Glaring Exception to the Ceasefire

Neither side removes heavy weapons from Debaltseve

(Newser) - A ceasefire in Ukraine was supposed to begin early Sunday, but the town of Debaltseve is seeing its worst clashes yet. Both rebels and the government are claiming to have control of the town, the BBC reports. Outside Debaltseve, relative peace has held—but rebels see the town as an... More »

Ukraine Ceasefire Begins

But will it survive?

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the beginning of a ceasefire amid fighting in Ukraine, CNN reports. But as the AP reports, there are no immediate indications of whether either side in the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people is observing it. Under an agreement struck last... More »

Ukraine Ceasefire: Here's What Just Happened in Minsk

There are potential pitfalls

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged from marathon Ukraine peace talks with the leaders of Ukraine, France, and Germany by announcing a new ceasefire deal today, but "potential pitfalls" abound, as per the AP . What you need to know:
  • The timeline: Putin told reporters that the ceasefire will be effective
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Nigeria: We've Got Deal to Free Kidnapped Girls

No one's sure yet whether alleged ceasefire includes prisoner swap

(Newser) - A rep for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the country has reached a ceasefire deal with extremist group Boko Haram that secures the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. "[Boko Haram negotiators] assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are... More »

As Ukraine Truce Hangs on, EU Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

Ceasefire between rebels, Ukraine barely hanging on amid reported casualties

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels is hanging on by a thread after a weekend of reported shelling and casualties, but the EU warns that sanctions against Russia will be put in place as early as tomorrow, reports the BBC . The Kremlin said the proposed sanctions—which may include... More »

Shelling, Attacks Rock Ukraine Ceasefire

Rebel fighter says 'there is no ceasefire anymore'

(Newser) - Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril today, two days after it took hold . At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of Spartak, which lies just north of the main rebel-held... More »

Putin: I've Got a Peace Plan

He unveils proposal amid skepticism, NATO summit

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin insists that he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on the broad strokes of a peace plan, reports Reuters . But confusion and skepticism abound, especially because NATO is about to start a summit in which it will consider new sanctions against Moscow, along with a rapid-reaction military... More »

Ukraine Trumpets Ceasefire, Walks It Back, Rebels Kill It

Dizzying day in Ukraine-Russia diplomacy

(Newser) - Ukraine today announced a ceasefire deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin for eastern Ukraine. Then it quickly walked that statement back, as Russia denied it was even a player in hostilities and pro-Russia rebels outright rejected the move, saying no ceasefire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces. The back-and-forth... More »

Hamas: We Reached Open-Ended Ceasefire

Israel declines comment; Egypt to make announcement later today

(Newser) - Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the... More »

Ceasefire Over: Israel Strikes Again After Rocket Fire

Attacks come hours before ceasefire's planned end

(Newser) - The temporary Gaza ceasefire was broken today when three rockets landed in Israel, its military says, per the AP ; the reported attack prompted new Israeli airstrikes within minutes. The rockets landed in fields near Beersheba, southern Israel; no one was hurt, officials say. An Israeli official says the military's... More »

Gaza Blast Kills at Least 5, Including AP Journo

Palestinian translator, Gaza police also killed during bomb disarming

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after Gaza police tried to disarm a leftover bomb in Beit Lahiya this morning, reports the AP . Among the mortally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via the the New York Times : a Palestinian translator, three Gaza police officers, and 35-year-old AP... More »

Israel, Palestinians OK New 72-Hour Ceasefire

Egyptian deal gets thumbs up from negotiators in Cairo

(Newser) - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo today accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new, three-day ceasefire, and Israel approved the deal hours later in a decision that aims to clear the way for renewed negotiations on a long-term truce arrangement in the Gaza Strip. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But... More »

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