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Lack Of Trust Between US And Russia Hinders Syria Talks, Obama Says

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.

September 5, 2016
Boys carry boxes of biscuits near rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

‘Critical Hours’ For Aleppo As Kerry Bids To Revive Syria Truce

“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.

May 2, 2016
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Minsk, on February 11, 2015 (AFP/ Andrey Stasevich)

Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreed But Doubts Persist It Will Bring Peace

Will the temporary peace in Ukraine last?

February 12, 2015

Day Two Of Gaza Truce, Egypt Begins Shuttle Diplomacy

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 […]

August 6, 2014

As Israel, Hamas Claim Victory, Gaza Residents Ask What Was Gained

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 […]

August 6, 2014

Gaza Truce Shatters As Deadly Clashes Erupt

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 […]

August 1, 2014

Kerry Announces 72-Hour Ceasefire In Gaza

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 […]

July 31, 2014

Israel Rejects Kerry Gaza Ceasefire Proposal: Israeli TV

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 […]

July 25, 2014

Ukraine’s President Offers Unilateral Cease-Fire As Part Of Peace Plan

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 […]

June 18, 2014