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February 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the Syrian conflict appear to have stalled, even as the death toll rises daily and the rebellion nears its second anniversary. The major exile opposition group, irate over what it calls a "shameful" global silence about the bloodshed, has announced that it will not attend several planned international gatherings on Syria, spurning invitations to visit Russia and the United States. Both nations have said that they favor negotiations as a means to end the violence in Syria.
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April 24, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government. Israel's decision, announced after a six-hour Cabinet meeting, also calls for imposing new sanctions on the Palestinian Authority. "The government of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said, noting that the Cabinet decision was unanimous.
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July 18, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Despite heavy U.S. pressure, Palestinian leaders declined Thursday to endorse the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel. Though no formal decision was announced, an urgent meeting in Ramallah ended with leaders saying the proposal did not go far enough in meeting their demands. “There is opposition," said Azzam Ahmad, a member of the central committee of Fatah, the dominant Palestinian faction. The decision dashed hopes that had been rising frantically during the day that a breakthrough was imminent.
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April 16, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to revive moribund peace negotiations. Abbas told five Israeli opposition legislators from the Labor and Meretz parties that he was willing to extend the negotiations past their April 29 deadline "if the Israeli side commits to the principles that can allow an extension," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.  The Palestinians first want Israel to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners as promised, and to announce a total settlement freeze.
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November 19, 2012 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In what some analysts saw as an encouraging sign, Colombia's largest rebel group declared a two-month truce to take effect Monday night as peace talks resumed in hopes of ending the country's five-decade civil conflict. Ivan Marquez, a top commander and negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials FARC, said the truce was a goodwill gesture over the Christmas holidays. He spoke in Havana, where talks resumed this week after opening in Oslo last month.
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May 29, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia - Venezuela recalled its ambassador and ended its participation in peace talks Wednesday after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with the losing opposition candidate in Venezuela's recent presidential election. Santos received losing candidate Henrique Capriles at the presidential palace in Bogota. Capriles has charged that the Venezuelan presidency was stolen from him in the April 14 election by the apparent winner, Nicolas Maduro, the late President Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor.
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June 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland -- Senior Obama administration officials said Tuesday that the Taliban has agreed to participate in peace talks based in Qatar, a key step forward in the effort to jump-start a political resolution of the war in Afghanistan ahead of U.S. plans to withdraw troops. Officials said direct talks between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives could begin this week in Doha and would be followed soon after by a meeting between the Taliban and the High Peace Council, which will represent the Afghan government in the talks.
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April 16, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to revive moribund peace negotiations. Abbas told five Israeli opposition legislators from the Labor and Meretz parties that he was willing to extend the negotiations past their April 29 deadline "if the Israeli side commits to the principles that can allow an extension," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.  The Palestinians first want Israel to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners as promised, and to announce a total settlement freeze.
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January 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
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September 1, 2010 | By Michael Muskal and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
President Obama on Wednesday condemned Hamas for condoning the "senseless slaughter" of four Israelis in the West Bank and insisted that he would not allow such terrorist acts to derail the latest round of peace talks. Speaking on the first day of the talks, Obama said there had been progress and he condemned the attack on Tuesday by a Palestinian gunman, who killed four passengers in an Israeli vehicle traveling near the West Bank city of Hebron. Hamas, regarded as a terrorist group by the West, claimed responsibility.
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April 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - With the 8-month-old Palestinian-Israeli negotiations entering a state of deadlock, Palestinians spoke Monday about a "paradigm shift" in the U.S.-sponsored peace process. The talks, which were supposed to produce a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of April, hit a stumbling block last week when Israel did not release a group of Palestinians, as promised. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of reneging on its agreement to release 104 prisoners in four batches in exchange for a promise that the authority would not pursue plans to join United Nations organizations.
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March 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As indications mounted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will seek reelection, the government lashed out Friday at a United Nations mediator who said an election could doom U.N.-sponsored peace talks meant to end the 3-year-old civil war. Syria's top official spokesman charged that Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League peace envoy, had "overstepped" his duties by saying that Syria's apparent plans to forge ahead with an election despite...
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March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and underscored the vulnerability of the Pakistani government's attempt to open peace talks with insurgents. In the provincial capital of Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a bustling market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers.
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March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Aoun Sahi
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Bombs exploded in bustling sections of two troubled Pakistani cities Friday, leaving at least 19 people dead in the latest round of violence to mar government efforts to initiate peace talks with insurgents. In Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers. Nine people were killed and 30 injured, police and hospital officials said.
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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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February 23, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - - At least 10 people including a child were killed Sunday when a roadside bomb struck a passenger bus near the troubled tribal area of northeast Pakistan, police said. Sixteen others were injured in the bombing in Kohat, which has seen attacks in the past by Pakistani Taliban militants against the area's minority Shiite Muslim population. Police said most of the victims in the blast were Shiites. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred when a 10-pound bomb packed into a crate exploded along a busy road.
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September 8, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - When Israelis and Palestinians renewed peace negotiations this summer, they agreed on only one thing: No talking about the talks. Now Israel has complained to the United States of alleged Palestinian leaks it claims violate the agreement and aim to pressure Israel, Israeli media reported Sunday . "The only announcement you will hear about meetings is the one I just made," U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said on July 30th , upon resuming talks in Washington.
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April 24, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israel is suspending its involvement in peace talks and planning a series of sanctions against the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced Thursday. The decision, after a six-hour Israeli Cabinet meeting, followed Wednesday's announcement of a reconciliation agreement between the two leading Palestinian factions, which will bring the militant Islamist movement Hamas into a new Palestinian government within weeks. “The government of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas,” the statement said, noting the Cabinet decision was unanimous.
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February 17, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
GAZA CITY - Like many Palestinians, Marwan Hissi has closely followed reports of peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. An unemployed father of five living in a refugee community in the Gaza Strip, Hissi says he has a question for American negotiators leading the talks: "Where's Hamas?" The Islamic militant movement, which seized control of Gaza in 2007, has been excluded from the process as U.S. officials work out a preliminary agreement on key issues in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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