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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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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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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.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 5, 1994
A cease-fire announced by the Irish Republican Army is scheduled to begin at midnight tonight in Northern Ireland and last for three days, the same length as the last IRA truce at Christmastime. Gerry Adams, leader of the political arm of the IRA, called on the British to engage in talks during the cease-fire in an effort to end the violence in Northern Ireland.
WORLD
January 9, 2009 | Geraldine Baum
After days of diplomatic wrestling, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday night calling for an "immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip that would lead to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Palestinian enclave. Arab and Western diplomats seemed unconvinced that their handiwork would silence Israeli guns or stop the militant group Hamas from firing rockets into Israel.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
SPORTS
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!
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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...
WORLD
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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October 10, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As NATO warplanes bombed Bosnian Serb positions, the Bosnian government Monday refused to join in a U.S.-brokered cease-fire because critical utilities had not been restored to this beleaguered capital. The postponement of the cease-fire came amid deadly shelling of civilian and U.N. targets, another wave of ethnic expulsions and continued fighting as Bosnia-Herzegovina's warring factions rush to consolidate battlefield gains.
WORLD
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.
OPINION
January 3, 2014 | By Nancy A. Aossey and William Garvelink
Once virtually eradicated, polio again stalks the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The innocent victims are mostly young children. The perpetrators are insurgents and indifferent governments. The polio resurgence is preventable and it is time to pull out an old but proven technique to halt its spread: Days of Tranquility. This 30-year-old quaintly named tactic involves a negotiated cease-fire during which insurgents and governments allow humanitarian groups to reach children trapped by fighting and immunize them against infectious diseases, such as polio.
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