Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
ceasefire
syria ceasefire

Assad Vows To Take Back All Of Syria Hours Before Ceasefire

An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favor.

September 12, 2016

Ukraine Threatens To Scrap Ceasefire

Turmoil in the Ukraine means that the cease-fire law may be on thin ice.

November 4, 2014

Ten Killed In Ukraine’s Donetsk On Back-To-School Day

The Donetsk People’s Republic shot at teachers and parents at a local Ukrainian school on the first day of classes.

October 1, 2014

Mortar Round From Gaza Strikes Israel; First Since Cease-Fire

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A mortar round fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Tuesday, the first such shelling since a truce took effect last month, ending seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which caused no […]

September 16, 2014

Ukraine And Pro-Russian Rebels Agree Ceasefire

By Tatiana Kalinovskaya and Amelie Herenstein Minsk (AFP) — Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed a ceasefire Friday in their five month conflict, which has plunged relations between Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. “A preliminary protocol to the ceasefire agreement has been signed in Minsk. This protocol should enter […]

September 5, 2014

Ukraine President Says ‘Understanding’ On Cease-Fire Reached

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times An understanding on steps to a cease-fire in the volatile regions of southeast Ukraine has been reached between Kiev and Moscow, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday. During a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, a “mutual understanding was reached in regard to steps […]

September 3, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Agree To Long-Term Cease-Fire In Gaza Conflict

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — The warring parties in the Gaza Strip agreed Tuesday to a long-term cease-fire, both sides said, raising hopes that a 50-day-old conflict that has killed more than 2,200 people might be at an end. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the accord, mediated by Egypt, […]

August 26, 2014

Palestinians Say Long-Term Gaza Truce Agreed With Israel

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a “victory.” There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the […]

August 26, 2014

Israel Hits Gaza, Quits Cairo Talks After Rocket Fire

By Mai Yaghi Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel hauled its negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza Tuesday after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce. Nine days of relative quiet in the skies over Gaza came to an abrupt halt on […]

August 19, 2014

Gaza Truce Deadline Looms; Israel, Hamas Stick To Demands

By Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times The latest Gaza truce is the longest so far, lasting five days, but an agreement over demands remains elusive. Hamas appears at odds not only with Israel but other Palestinian factions in the delegation to the Cairo talks. As the clock ticked down on yet another Gaza […]

August 18, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As U.S. Ties With Israel Show Strain

By Steve Weizman Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace. Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the […]

August 15, 2014

White House In The Dark Over Arms Supplies To Israel: Report

Washington (AFP) — Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel’s campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls […]

August 14, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As The Two Sides Talk In Cairo

By Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times After a shaky start, a new temporary truce in the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding Thursday. The two sides, which have been holding indirect talks in Cairo, agreed late Wednesday to a five-day cease-fire, according to Palestinian negotiators and the Egyptian government, which is mediating the […]

August 14, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds; Israeli Officials Head To Cairo For Truce Talks

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times As a three-day cease-fire appeared to hold on the ground in Gaza on Monday, Israeli negotiators returned to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials and indirect discussions with Palestinian militants over a permanent truce and long-term arrangements. Banks and shops reopened in Gaza, allowing people to resume a cautious […]

August 11, 2014

Gaza Fighting Erupts Again As Cease-Fire Expires

By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times Fighting broke out in the Gaza Strip again Friday morning after a three-day truce expired, with Palestinian militants lobbing dozens of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military firing back with fresh airstrikes. Egypt, which has been hosting indirect talks between the two sides, was struggling […]

August 8, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds, But Sharp Rhetoric Suggests Truce May Be Fragile

By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip held their fire on Thursday, the final day of a three-day truce, but sharp rhetoric from both sides suggested that the lull was a fragile one. An emboldened Hamas held a rally in Gaza for […]

August 7, 2014

Gaza Cease Fire Begins; Egypt To Mediate Talks On Longer Truce

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — A planned 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began Tuesday as Israeli forces completed their withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and both sides prepared for indirect talks in Egypt on a longer truce to end a nearly monthlong war. The Israeli withdrawal made it more likely that […]

August 5, 2014

New Gaza Cease-Fire Begins As Israel Withdraws Troops

By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times After four weeks of ferocious fighting, the guns of Gaza fell silent Tuesday with a 72-hour truce in place and talks on tap in Egypt aimed at forging a stable accord between Israel and Palestinian militants who rule the coastal enclave. Though several previous cease-fires broke […]

August 5, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Agree 72-Hour Truce From Tuesday: Source

Cairo (AFP) — Israel and the Palestinians have agreed a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire that would start at 0500 GMT Tuesday, said a senior official in Egypt, which is hosting truce talks. “Egypt’s contacts with relevant parties have achieved a commitment for a 72-hour truce in Gaza starting from 0500 GMT tomorrow morning, and an […]

August 4, 2014

Seven Hour Truce Ends In Gaza; Israel And Hamas Both Claim Violations

By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY — A seven-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Monday ended as have previous short-term truces: with the two sides accusing one another of violations. At the same time, a pair of relatively small-scale attacks in Jerusalem — one carried out with a piece […]

August 4, 2014

Child Killed, 30 Hurt In Gaza City Strike During Lull

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – A child was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on a refugee camp in Gaza City on Monday just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said. Witnesses and several AFP correspondents based at a nearby hotel, reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 […]

August 4, 2014

Gaza: United States Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Hamas Ceasefire Breach

Washington (AFP) — The United States blamed Hamas for the breakdown of a ceasefire with Israeli forces Friday, accusing the Palestinian militant group of launching a “barbaric” attack to capture an Israeli soldier. “This is an outrageous action and we look to the rest of the world to join us in condemning it,” White House […]

August 1, 2014

U.S. Hopeful, But No Timeline On Gaza Ceasefire: Kerry

New Delhi (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he remained hopeful for a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict but declined to predict when. Kerry, on a visit to India, said he had stayed in close contact on the telephone with players in the Middle East to try to end the Israel-Hamas […]

July 31, 2014

Any Gaza Truce Must Lead To Hamas Disarmament: Kerry

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas. Kerry, who arrived back in Washington late Sunday after a week-long mission in the Middle East to try to stop the fighting, told reporters […]

July 28, 2014

Children Killed In Gaza Camp As World Pleads For Truce

By Hazel Ward Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Exchanges of fire killed eight Palestinian children in a Gaza refugee camp and four people in Israel on Monday, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. The missile that slammed into a public playground in the seafront Shati UN refugee camp also […]

July 28, 2014