If the Middle East is a flashpoint for conflict that sparks diplomatic clashes among international powers, flare-ups on the hotly disputed India-Pakistan border in Kashmir have the potential to make the world's heart skip a beat.Monday, 14 January, 2013, 3:31am
Hamas has emerged from battle with the triumphal sense of a hard-won game change: by stopping its offensive when it did, Israel's hardline government seems to have grudgingly accepted that the Islamic militant group cannot soon be dislodged from power in Gaza.24 Nov 2012 - 4:46am
The Gaza ceasefire deal reached on Wednesday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis, or even say the country's name, mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.23 Nov 2012 - 3:02am
Israel and Hamas agreed yesterday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt, just hours after a bomb attack on a bus rocked Tel Aviv.
The ceasefire, which was to begin at 9pm (3am HKT) last night, would bring an end to eight days of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the enclave.22 Nov 2012 - 3:59am
Egypt, which has been leading efforts to secure a Gaza truce after nearly a week of cross-border violence, said yesterday the Israeli "aggression" would end in hours, but the bloodshed showed no signs of abating.21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am
Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels on Monday declared a unilateral two-month ceasefire, at the start of talks in Cuba with the Bogota government on ending Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.20 Nov 2012 - 12:02am
Syrian jets bombed parts of Damascus yesterday in what residents said were the capital’s fiercest air raids yet, underlining the collapse of a truce proposed by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.30 Oct 2012 - 4:50am
The Syrian army on Saturday accused rebels of committing increasing violations of a failed truce proposed for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and vowed to fight back.
“For the second day, terrorist groups continued to flagrantly violate the ceasefire announced and respected by the army command,” the military said in a statement on state television.28 Oct 2012 - 2:22am
A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus yesterday, inflicting many casualties and shattering a shaky temporary truce in the Syrian conflict on the occasion of a Muslim religious holiday.
State television said the "terrorist car bomb" had killed five people and wounded 32, according to "preliminary figures".27 Oct 2012 - 3:35am
Five people were killed and 32 wounded in a car bomb attack in southern Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.
A security source told Agence France-Presse that the bombing had targeted residential buildings for police officers and their families and that children were playing in the area when the attack occured.26 Oct 2012 - 11:57pm
Outbursts of fighting threatened to undermine a fragile ceasefire that took effect in Syria on Friday after Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the main rebel force agreed to down arms.26 Oct 2012 - 7:06pm
The Syrian military has agreed to halt military operations from Friday morning for the Muslim holiday weekend but reserves the right to respond to rebel attacks, the army announced.25 Oct 2012 - 11:33pm
The UN-Arab League mediator for the Syrian conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, told the UN Security Council yesterday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted a holiday ceasefire, although a final announcement was expected to come later.25 Oct 2012 - 4:45am
Rebels downed a helicopter in fierce fighting yesterday with troops seeking to retake a key Syrian town, a watchdog said, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned the conflict risks setting the region ablaze.
The battle for the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan even as Brahimi appeared to have won tentative support for a ceasefire plan.18 Oct 2012 - 3:57am
The Syrian regime rejected a UN call for a unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday as rebels confronted columns of tanks and troops sent to retake a town on the road to main battleground city Aleppo.10 Oct 2012 - 11:16pm