April 13, 2012
BEIRUT - Two days into a fragile truce, and the question many are asking is, when is a cease-fire no longer a cease-fire? On the second day of a United Nations-backed peace plan to end violence and unrest in Syria's 13-month uprising, mass protests returned to the streets and in some places were met with gunfire, killing at least eight people, according to activists. In other towns, soldiers and security forces stationed nearby allowed protesters to gather, but the very presence of armed government forces was a violation of the plan.
July 15, 2009 |
The most prominent militant group in Nigeria said it would observe a 60-day cease-fire after the release of rebel leader Henry Okah. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, said it was halting its attacks, which have crippled Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, to allow for government peace talks. The military said last month it would observe a two-month cease-fire.
October 11, 2013 |
YANGON, Myanmar -- One day after a seven-point agreement was signed between ethnic Kachin rebels and the Myanmar government, analysts and members of the Kachin community expressed skepticism that this represented much of a breakthrough. The two sides failed to agree on a cease-fire over three days of talks that ended Thursday in the Kachin state capital, Myitkyina, instead signing a pact that includes new rules for monitoring fighting and the resettlement of citizens as a result of clashes.
March 31, 2012 |
BEIRUT -- Clashes and shelling were reported across Syria on Friday, even as the former secretary-general of the United Nations said he expected an immediate cease-fire by President Bashar Assad's forces. At least 45 people were killed nationwide in the violence, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a coalition of opposition activist groups. The killings, including 14 in the northeast city of Dair Alzour and 12 in the central city of Homs, took place amid large protests across the country by activists demanding action in the Arab world in support of their cause.
April 1, 2011 |
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's regime brusquely swatted down a truce offered by rebels Friday and continued to pummel opposition positions in both the eastern and western sections of the country. After rebels had refused for weeks to negotiate with Kadafi's government, the leader of the opposition's national council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, offered a cease-fire if Kadafi agreed to withdraw his forces from besieged Libyan cities and permitted peaceful protests. But Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the regime, dismissed the offer as a trick.
November 27, 1985 |
At a time when movies are turning Vietnam into a fantasy of daredevil POW rescue missions, "Cease Fire" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex) brings home the reality of the war as a lingering nightmare for the men who fought it. An unpretentious, low-budget debut feature made by a pair of University of Miami film school alums, "Cease Fire" is a work of determined simplicity, unswerving in focus and purpose. Don't be surprised if you find your eyes misting over at its finish.
October 27, 2012
BEIRUT - The first day of a cease-fire in the Syrian conflict in observance of the Eid al-Adha holiday went as many observers had expected: It was violated within hours, and both sides blamed each other. The four-day truce, which began Friday with the Muslim holiday, was brokered by the international envoy to Syria and was intended to provide at least a brief respite from the bloody violence, as well as possibly begin a long-term cessation of fighting. Instead, opposition activists said 49 people were killed across the country - a lower daily death toll than has become the norm in Syria - including about 10 who died after a car bomb went off in a Damascus neighborhood Friday afternoon.
October 29, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian government shelling of areas held by opposition forces and a car bomb in a suburb considered loyal to President Bashar Assad killed and injured dozens of people Monday, activists and state news media said. The fighting came on what was supposed to be the last day of a four-day holiday cease-fire. The truce, however, was broken within hours of its start Friday. Activists reported fierce government shelling in Damascus, the capital, and its suburbs. In the Hajar Aswad neighborhood, eight people in a minibus were killed when a shell struck a building and caused rubble to fall onto the vehicle, activists said.
February 23, 2012 |
The United States and allied governments seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad were expected to exert new pressure Friday on Syrian authorities to agree to a cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into besieged areas such as the battered central city of Homs. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the many diplomats scheduled to arrive Friday in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, with a goal of turning up the heat on Assad's government. "We've got to find ways to get food, medicine and other humanitarian assistance in to those affected by violence," Clinton said Thursday in London, where she and other diplomats discussed Syria, among other issues.
March 19, 2011 |
The Libyan government declared a cease-fire Friday in its battle with rebels, but pressed in on opposition-held cities despite stern warnings from the Obama administration and a U.N. resolution authorizing military force to protect civilians. Moammar Kadafi's government invited representatives from Malta, Germany, China and Turkey to observe the "immediate cease-fire and stoppage of all military operations" it had announced early in the day to widespread skepticism. "The door is open to any other country who wants to send observers," Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told reporters, pledging that the foreign officials would be able to go "everywhere.