After a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Group of 20 summit, Obama said “we haven’t yet closed the gaps” between the two sides. Talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov could take “several more days,” Obama said.
“These are critical hours,” Kerry said upon arriving in the Swiss city late on Sunday. He added: “We look for Russia’s cooperation, and we obviously look for the regime to listen to Russia and to respond.” The Obama administration wants Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bombardment of the country’s second city.
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Life in the battered Gaza Strip began returning to normal Wednesday as a ceasefire held for a second day and Egyptian mediators engaged in shuttle diplomacy on extending the truce. Shops, banks and markets reopened around the devastated enclave where residents seemed more confident that the 72-hour ceasefire, which […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the wake of any ugly conflict, the question of who won can seem beside the point. Still, as fighting in the Gaza Strip gave way to a truce on Tuesday, Israel and Hamas both were quick to claim victory. And it was left […]
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – A three-day Gaza truce collapsed only hours after it began Friday as Israel pounded Palestinian militants in apparent response to renewed rocket fire, jeopardizing international efforts for a durable ceasefire. The skies over Gaza initially fell silent after the humanitarian truce announced overnight by U.S. Secretary of State John […]
New Delhi (AFP) – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday. Kerry said that the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo. The top U.S. diplomat […]
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel on Friday rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli public television reported. “The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands,” Channel 1 said, adding that ministers would continue discussing it. AFP Photo/Jack Guez This story […]
By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president said Wednesday that he has a peace plan that would provide for a unilateral cease-fire on the part of government forces, giving pro-Russia separatists a chance to lay down their arms and end a weeks-long confrontation that has left scores of […]