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July 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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May 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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March 30, 2007 | Noha el Hennawy and Megan K. Stack, Special to The Times
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.
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February 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 21, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 16, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 9, 2007 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
The rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah announced Thursday that they have agreed in principle to share power in hopes of easing months of deadly factional fighting and breaking a damaging international aid embargo. The tentative accord was announced in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where leaders of the two groups met for two days under the auspices of King Abdullah.
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January 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Nepal's former communist guerrillas began handing over weapons to U.N. monitors Wednesday under a landmark peace deal calling for thousands of fighters to disarm and stay in camps, officials said. United Nations monitors began registering the ex-fighters and their weapons at a camp in Chitwan, about 100 miles southwest of the capital, Katmandu, said a spokesman for the rebel unit there. The spokesman, who goes by the single name Abiral, said by telephone that the process was going smoothly. A U.
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January 16, 2007 | Paul Richter and Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writers
Seeking a fresh start for stalled Mideast peace efforts, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday won promises from the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet with her next month for their first discussion of a final peace deal in more than six years.
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