UN Security Council unanimously backs Syria ceasefire

With Russia’s backing, the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations as the death toll topped 500 people in the seven day bombing campaign. The resolution demanding the ceasefire “without delay” was adopted as Syrian government[…]

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Syria ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey

The Syria truce negotiated by Russia and Turkey is “only a first step” down a road towards political settlement, but it may prove to be long-lasting due to the ability of the parties to speak to the government and the rebels, Osman Faruk Logoglu told RT. The new ceasefire plan,[…]

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Yemen ceasefire ends without extension

The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Iran-backed Houthi militias said a 48-hour ceasefire ended at midday (0900 GMT) Monday due to repeated violations by Houthi militias and their allies. “There is no respect (for the truce), only violations,” the coalition spokesman Major General Ahmed Assiri said, adding that there[…]

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South Sudan’s warring factions declare ceasefire

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has declared a “unilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities”, and ordered government troops to “disengage” from fighting rival forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar, following days of violence that left hundreds dead. The order, which was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Ateny Wek[…]

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US, Russia reach deal on ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo

An agreement has been reached with Russia to extend a ceasefire in Syria to Aleppo province, including the besieged city of Aleppo, the US State Department said. The expansion went into effect on Wednesday just after midnight in Damascus (02:00 GMT), the State Department said, noting an “overall decrease in violence” since[…]

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Surge of clashes in Syria on eve of Geneva talks

Syria’s landmark ceasefire was threatening to fall apart after a surge of fresh fighting, especially in northern Aleppo province, just as peace talks were set to resume in Geneva on Wednesday. The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, who has said the negotiations will be “crucially important,” was in Iran[…]

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