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December 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Formal peace talks between Taliban insurgents and the central government may be at a dead end, but provisional peace negotiations are underway in the rugged and often unforgiving Afghan countryside. In some remote districts, Afghan army and police commanders have agreed to cease-fires with local Taliban commanders, according to international coalition officials, diplomats and former top Afghan government advisors. Driven by tribal and sometimes family ties, these informal accommodations are viewed as a possible blueprint for a wider, more meaningful national peace deal after 12 years of war. In many instances, former top Afghan government security advisors say, the Taliban is under intense pressure from tribes fed up with the militants' roadside bombings and intimidation of villagers.
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April 22, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A week after Pakistani militants refused to extend a cease-fire with the government, at least nine people, including five police officers, were killed and more than 30 wounded in two attacks in the country's restive northwest, officials said Tuesday. Officials said militants ambushed a police patrol in Bhadbare, on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Peshawar, late Monday night. Two police officials were wounded in the attack, and when other officers arrived at the site to retrieve the wounded, the attackers struck again, authorities said.
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January 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
India extended its 2-month-old unilateral cease-fire in Kashmir for another month, prompting a guarded reaction from rival Pakistan and scorn from separatist guerrilla groups. Pakistan urged India to resume deadlocked talks with the participation of leaders from Jammu and Kashmir state and allow a peace trip to Pakistan by a delegation of Indian-ruled Kashmir's main separatist alliance. India says it is up to Pakistan to take the peace process forward.
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In late January, Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, deciding to halt his public criticism of the team. Johnson has been critical of owner/executive Jim Buss, and the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni to coach the team over Phil Jackson. On Wednesday, Johnson couldn't hold his tongue. I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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February 28, 1992 | Associated Press
Shelling by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces shattered a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh only a few hours after it took effect Thursday, and both sides suffered casualties, officials and news reports said. Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan sent a special message to the leaders of 14 countries, including the United States, urging them to dissuade Azerbaijan from forming its own army and to help work out a peace plan.
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November 16, 1994 | Associated Press
Angola's warring factions signed a cease-fire Tuesday intended to allow their leaders to end the southern African nation's 19-year civil war this weekend. The truce reached after six hours of talks was the first agreed to by both sides since May 15, 1991. It cleared the way for further negotiations on final details of a peace accord. The peace pact is to be signed Sunday in Lusaka, the capital of neighboring Zambia.
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June 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Kurdish separatist rebels declared a "unilateral cease-fire" in attacks against Turkey and said they were ready for peace negotiations, but the guerrillas retained the right of self-defense. The government had no immediate response to the statement by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party. Turkey has rejected several past cease-fires.
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January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Warring rebels and militias in Congo, formerly known as Zaire, signed a cease-fire deal in the eastern town of Goma. The pact was signed by Tutsi rebels loyal to renegade Gen. Laurent Nkunda, President Joseph Kabila's government and several militia and armed groups from North and South Kivu provinces. Foreign observers welcomed the deal as a chance for lasting peace but warned that implementation could be difficult after the collapse of several previous cease-fires.
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January 3, 1992 | From Associated Press
The military commanders fighting the savage civil war in Croatia agreed Thursday to stop fighting within 24 hours, paving the way for dispatch of up to 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers to Yugoslavia. The agreement to halt Europe's bloodiest fighting since World War II followed 14 truces that were shattered within hours of being reached. But the latest accord appeared to have a decent chance of being honored because local field commanders find it "fully acceptable," said U.N. envoy Cyrus R.
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November 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
Sporadic shelling echoed around the strategic city of Osijek on Monday, but the 14th cease-fire in Yugoslavia's civil war reportedly held elsewhere in Croatia. There were growing signs that Serbia and Croatia were trying to extricate themselves from the increasingly brutal war, which began after Croatia's June 25 declaration of independence.
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March 3, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - In a rare assault on the heart of the Pakistani capital, militants stormed a district court complex in Islamabad on Monday, unleashing gunfire and explosives that killed at least 11 people, including a judge, and wounded 25 others. The attack marked a brazen rejection of a cease-fire declared over the weekend by the central leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan's main Islamist organization. A little-known faction claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it opposed the Pakistani Taliban's participation in peace talks with the Islamabad government.
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March 1, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced a one-month cease-fire in a move that could revive stalled peace talks with Pakistan's government. The militant group's announcement came hours after two roadside bombs killed 11 security officers and a civilian and injured five others in the Khyber Agency tribal area. The attack was aimed at a polio vaccination team, a frequent target of the Pakistani Taliban and its allies. Spokesman Shahid Ullah Shahid told reporters that the group, known by its Urdu name Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, would observe an unconditional cease-fire in the interests of the nation.
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February 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
HOMS, Syria -- Relief workers entered the Old City of Homs on Wednesday in the latest United Nations-backed effort to bring aid to civilians trapped inside and evacuate those who wish to leave the besieged ancient quarter. The U.N. has brokered a cease-fire between government forces who surround the war-battered district and armed rebels bunkered down inside the ruins of the Old City. [Updated, 6:04 a.m. PST, Feb. 12: At about 3:30 p.m. local time, evacuees began to emerge from the Old City in white U.N. four-wheel-drive vehicles.
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January 31, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012. Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise. Laker Nation: I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!
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January 19, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - In the lead-up to the so-called Geneva II peace conference this week, the Syrian government has quietly pursued a campaign of truce-making with opposition-held communities in and around Damascus that could further weaken the opposition movement and bolster President Bashar Assad's global standing. For months, the government has been negotiating cease-fires with civilian leaders of neighborhoods and suburbs of the capital that have been under the control of opposition fighters and therefore under bombardment and sieges that have kept food and medicine from reaching residents.
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January 17, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - With the U.S.-backed opposition mired in disputes, Syria's government on Friday proposed a limited cease-fire, a prisoner swap and measures to speed aid to civilians in a move that appeared aimed at ensuring it is an indispensable part of any effort to end the civil war. The diplomatic initiative outlined in Moscow by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, came just five days before the start of...
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October 12, 1995 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A countrywide cease-fire brokered by the United States began early this morning in Bosnia, a tenuous but essential step toward finding a permanent settlement to the 3 1/2-year war here. The truce took effect just after midnight, two days later than originally scheduled but within the time frame international mediators had said was necessary for peace talks to move ahead. Representatives of the warring sides are scheduled to meet in the United States on Oct. 31. U.N.
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October 22, 1994 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another long step toward peace in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister John Major announced here Friday that he accepts the current cease-fire in the troubled province, and he ordered all border crossings opened. The cease-fire now being observed by both sides in the long-running conflict is "intended to be permanent," Major said, and Britain will enter into talks with Sinn Fein, the political arm of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, "before this year is out."
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January 13, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Diplomats on Monday pushed for a limited cease-fire in Syria, a prisoner exchange and better access for aid efforts before a peace conference scheduled to begin next week in Switzerland. At a news conference in Paris, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had discussed measures to "set the stage for success. " One potential area for a cessation of hostilities, Kerry said, was the embattled northern city of Aleppo, divided for 18 months between government and opposition forces and also the site of recent rebel infighting.
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January 7, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The initial consignment of Syria's most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort widely seen as a success in the midst of a long civil war that has cost more than 100,000 lives. The announcement came as the leader of an Al Qaeda-linked rebel group tried to broker a cease-fire among Syrian opposition factions that have been battling one another. A "first quantity" of so-called priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the Syrian port of Latakia and loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel, Sigrid Kaag, who heads the international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, said in a statement.
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