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Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The offer receives short shrift from President Ivan Duque, who writes on Twitter: 'I will never stop complying with the constitutional duty to confront criminality throughout the territory'

COVID-19 IN COLOMBIA. Workers move the coffin of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at Serafin cemetery in Bogota, on July 4, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Tripoli gov't to boycott Arab League Libya talks

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:31 PM

The talks are called for by Egypt, a key supporter of the Tripoli government's archfoe, eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

CEASEFIRE TALK. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. AFP phot

U.S. launches 1st Taliban air strikes since Afghan ceasefire end

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:37 PM

US forces spokesman Sonny Leggett says the two assaults took place on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, in separate provinces in Afghanistan

AFTER CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attack' since ceasefire end

May 28, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The militants attack a checkpoint in Parwan, north Kabul, says a spokeswoman to the provincial governor. The Taliban have not commented.

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier escorts Taliban prisoners during their release from the Bagram prison,next to the US military base in Bagram, some 50 km north of Kabul. Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners on May 26, as calls grow for the militants to extend a ceasefire on its third and final day. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

U.N. chief deplores lack of ceasefire during virus

May 27, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Conflicts have continued to rage in Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere

CALL FOR CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi-led coalition extends Yemen ceasefire by a month

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The extension comes after Yemen's Iran-aligned Huthi rebels rejected a two-week ceasefire declared by the military coalition that ended on Thursday, April 23

CEASEFIRE EXTENDED. A member of the Yemeni Civil Defense sprays disinfectant on his colleague in the Yemeni capital Sanaa amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on April 12, 2020. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

'Coronavirus ceasefire' in Yemen's long conflict begins

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:24 PM

If the ceasefire does hold, it would be the first breakthrough since the warring parties agreed to a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hodeida during talks in Sweden in late 2018

AID. This handout picture provided by the Yemen Red Crescent Society on April 6, 2020 shows members of the society handing out assistant packages including blankets and cleaning and sterilization materials to a quarantine centre, as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/HO/YEMEN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY

As virus spreads, U.N. appeal for ceasefires gets worldwide positive response

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria move to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for ceasefire

LESS VIOLENCE. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Rare calm in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire deal

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and AFP correspondents in Idlib province say the truce that came into force at midnight appears to be holding

SUFFER THE CHILD. A wounded Syrian child sits at a makeshift clinic in the town of Maaret Misrin following Syrian government forces airstrikes on March 5, 2020 in the country's northwestern Idlib province. Photo by Aref Tammawi/AFP

Libya's Haftar leaves Moscow without signing peace deal

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's abrupt departure on Tuesday is a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insists it would continue mediation efforts

NO DEAL? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu hold a joint press conference following the talks on a ceasefire deal between the warring sides in Libya, in Moscow on January 13, 2020. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Libyans react to truce with relief and doubts

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The heads of Libya's warring factions are to meet in Moscow on January 13 to sign a ceasefire deal

LIBYA. A vendor sorts dates on display at a supermarket in the Libyan capital Tripoli on January 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Taliban: 'No ceasefire plans' in Afghanistan

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The statement from the insurgents comes as local and international forces brace for another bloody winter amid renewed US-Taliban talks

KABUL. A general view of the capital city of Kabul, Afghanistan is pictured on August 3, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Communists rebuke military: Ceasefire attacks initiated by gov't troops

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

'These were defensive actions by the NPA units involved in the face of armed attacks and sustained military operations by the AFP and the PNP,' says NDFP negotiating panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili

DEFENSIVE MODE ONLY. The New Peoples Army claims that the supposed attacks on government troops during the holiday ceasefire were defensive moves only to the sustained military and police operations against them. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gov't, communist rebels declare 16-day ceasefire

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Following a ceasefire declaration by the guerrillas, President Rodrigo Duterte also orders government troops to observe a holiday ceasefire beginning Monday, December 23, up to January 7 next year

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ceasefire takes effect after spike in Israel-Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The agreement stipulates Palestinian factions must ensure a return to calm in Gaza and 'maintain peace' during demonstrations, while Israel must stop hostilities and 'ensure a ceasefire' during demonstrations by Palestinians

PEACE AND QUIET. Children get ready to sleep in a shelter during a rocket attack from the neighboring Palestinian Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on November 13, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria says the ceasefire aims 'to stabilize the situation' in Idlib and urged anti-government fighters to 'abandon armed provocations and join the peace process'

CEASEFIRE. This file photo shows Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Taliban leader says no ceasefire anytime soon

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at the start of Ramadan early last month, but the Taliban rejected the offer

CAUGHT IN BETWEEN.Internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar City, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with U.S.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as 'puppets'

TALKS. This file photo shows participants attending the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Yemen's warring parties agree Hodeida ceasefire at U.N. talks

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM

If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine

CEASEFIRE. Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C), during peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Gaza truce largely holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) There are no reports of injuries in that strike and there is no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza after soldier killed

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

A ceasefire agreement has been reached early Saturday, July 21

BOMBING. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows explosions from Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Tens of thousands return home after south Syria ceasefire deal

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have since taken to the roads from the Jordanian frontier, heading back to their homes in the east or west of the province

REFUGEE. A child is among the displaced Syrians from the province of Daraa in a makeshift camp in the area of the village of Burayqah near the border between the Israeli-occupied Golan heights and Syria. Photo by Ahmad al-Msalam/AFP

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Calm reigns over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RETURN HOME. Syrian families return to their homes in towns and villages situated on the eastern outskirts of Daraa on July 7, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban says they will not be extending the truce beyond Sunday night

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NDF bares documents to show progress before Duterte halted talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stand-down agreement was supposed to take effect on June 21 and the formal peace talks would resume on June 28, according to a timeline provided by the National Democratic Front

SIGNED. Government chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a stand down agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. File photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

CEASEFIRE ATTACK. Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher to an hospital following a suicide bomber blew himself in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban agrees to unprecedented Eid ceasefire with Afghan forces

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Taliban says 'foreign occupiers are the exception' to the 3-day ceasefire order sent to its fighters around Afghanistan

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks – U.S. general

May 31, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it's occurring at multiple levels,' General John Nicholson says in a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon

U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

U.S., France, Britain launch new U.N. bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The 3 allies circulate a joint draft resolution that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and a ceasefire, signaling the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation.

CHEMICAL ATTACK. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on April 7, 2018, shows a wounded woman arriving at a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus, after rockets fired from Douma killed civilians. Photo by SANA/AFP

Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

First rebels leave Syria enclave under Russian-brokered deal

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) It comes as a spokesman for the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel group in the southern rebel pocket of Ghouta announces that 'agreement has been reached for a ceasefire, through the auspices of the United Nations'

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Duterte 'may reconsider' peace talks if communists declare ceasefire

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says his chief government peace negotiator has asked him to 'tone down' his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte says his peace negotiaters have asked him to tone down on his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Malacañang file photo

Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order – official

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says there has been no change in the situation around the rebel-held enclave in the Damascus suburbs despite a ceasefire resolution

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. File photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria for 'immediate' ceasefire

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Merkel and Macron stress that a ceasefire could be 'the basis to advance efforts toward a political solution in the context of the UN-led Geneva peace process'

STRIKES. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

UN bid for Syria ceasefire falters as Russia says no deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:32 AM

During a council meeting called by Russia, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia presents a new raft of amendments to a draft resolution that would allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations during the pause

UNSC ON SYRIA. Russia tells the UN Security Council that there is still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Peace talks with Reds in 2018? 'Malabo,' says Palace

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:31 PM

'Dahil nga po sa katraydoran nila, baka malabo na po iyan,' says the Palace spokesperson


Clashes erupt in Davao Oriental despite holiday ceasefire

Dec 27, 2017 - 12:22 PM

The military accuses the communist New People's Army of violating its own ceasefire

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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PH military on 'full alert' on CPP's 49th anniversary

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The Philippine military says it 'is on full alert and vigilant for possible CPP-NPA attacks on our people and vulnerable communities'

WELCOME HOME. Troops of the 1st Infantry Battalion are given a hero's welcome. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Division

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov't specifies dates for Christmas ceasefire with communists

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The ceasefire will now run from December 23 to 26 and from December 30 to January 2, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

CHRISTMAS CEASEFIRE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces a change in the dates for the Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Dec 20, 2017 - 2:26 PM

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Duterte declares Christmas ceasefire with communists

Dec 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This unilateral ceasefire would lessen the apprehension of the public this Christmas season,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders a ceasefire 5 days before Christmas. Malacanang photo

PH gov't stands by decision not to declare holiday ceasefire with NPA

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:20 PM

'Declaring a SOMO now is not to the nation's best interest as it would only expose our defenders to enemy attacks and embolden them to commit more atrocities,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Syria army announces halt in fighting in parts of Ghouta

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:59 PM

The army will retaliate in a suitable manner to any violation of the ceasefire without them specifying what areas are included

Quiet as southern Syria ceasefire begins ahead of talks

Jul 10, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says clashes and shelling have halted in the 3 southern provinces covered by the truce: Daraa Quneitra and Sweida

Gov't, NDF eye 5th round of peace talks in August

Jul 04, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Negotiators will have an informal meeting in July somewhere in Asia to ensure the success of the next round of formal peace talks

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza huddle themselves over breakfast on the day the formal talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National for the 5th round are to begin in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.(OPAPP photo)