September 22, 2007 |
united nations -- If Sudan swiftly supports peacekeepers and talks to end the conflict in Darfur, the world will help rebuild the beleaguered region, ministers and other senior officials from more than two dozen nations said Friday in a high-level meeting on the region's crisis.
September 17, 2007 |
Saudi King Abdullah oversaw the signing of a reconciliation agreement negotiated by several Somalian factions in an attempt to stabilize their country and battle the Islamic opposition. Cheers filled the hall in the Saudi city of Jidda, where members of a high-level Somalian delegation congregated after the pact was signed. The group included the premier, parliamentary speaker and president of Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government.
August 15, 2007 |
A small but encompassing word explains why Nagamuthu Nagalingam fled his home of 80 years, and why he has little intention of going back: "Fear," he says flatly. Fear of brutal intimidation by Tamil Tiger rebels. Fear that his youngest son may wind up being "disappeared," by people and for reasons unknown.
July 17, 2007 |
Pakistani officials are trying to save a peace deal that was supposed to contain militants near the Afghan border, despite U.S. concern that the pact provided the Taliban and Al Qaeda with an increasingly safe haven. The top official in the northwestern region said Monday that the collapse of the deal could have dangerous consequences. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has long insisted that the 10-month-old accord was key to ending extremism in the tribal region.
May 18, 2007 |
A major outlawed Protestant group reopened negotiations with international disarmament officials, raising hopes that it could soon follow the Irish Republican Army's lead and surrender weapons. The Ulster Volunteer Force waged a 1966-94 campaign of terror against Northern Ireland's Roman Catholic minority that claimed more than 500 lives.
April 2, 2007 |
A truce between Somalia's government and Islamist insurgents failed to halt fighting that has left the streets of Mogadishu strewn with corpses. Uganda, which has about 1,400 troops in Somalia as the vanguard of a larger African Union peacekeeping force, said it had lost its first soldier, who was hit by a mortar shell Saturday.
March 30, 2007 |
Arab leaders urged Israel to accept a 5-year-old peace plan that they say could end the decades-old Middle East conflict, calling for negotiations with the Jewish state as the annual Arab League summit drew to a close here Thursday. But key elements of the plan raise doubts about its chances for success.
February 22, 2007 |
South Asian rivals India and Pakistan signed an agreement to reduce the risk of accidentally triggering a nuclear war between them. Details of the pact, which was signed in New Delhi, have been kept secret, but officials say it includes confidence-building measures related to the countries' nuclear arsenals. The move is part of peace efforts aimed at ending more than half a century of hostilities.
February 21, 2007 |
Pakistan's top envoy arrived in India's capital Tuesday to nudge along a fitful peace process in the aftermath of a deadly firebombing aboard a train connecting the rival nations. The attack on the Samjhauta Express, in which at least 68 people burned to death, lent a greater sense of urgency to a previously scheduled visit here by Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri.
February 16, 2007 |
Fresh from a meeting with rebel commanders in the western Sudanese bush, leaders of a new joint United Nations and African Union peace effort expressed optimism Thursday about bringing warring parties in Darfur back to the negotiating table. In the latest diplomatic offensive to jump-start stalled peace talks, special envoys from the two organizations are wrapping up a weeklong series of meetings with Sudanese government officials, rebel fighters, civilians and tribal leaders.