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Ceasefire

China and US can use influence to ease tensions in Kashmir

China can play role in the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir. Photo: AFP

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

Gaza truce splits Israelis, as Hamas claims victory

A Palestinian girl stands behind gunmen from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. Photo: AFP

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

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi hailed after brokering Gaza ceasefire

Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate what they say is a victory over Israel after an eight-day conflict. Photo: Reuters

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 agree to ceasefire

Police examine a bus that was hit by a blast in Tel Aviv yesterday, injuring 27 people in an apparent terrorist attack. Hours later it was announced in Cairo that Israel and Hamas had agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza. Photo: AP

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

Israel close to agreeing ceasefire over Gaza offensive, Egypt says

An Israeli man drops to the ground after hearing a Palestinian rocket siren. Photo: EPA

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

Farc rebels declare ceasefire as talks begin with Colombian government

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle makes a speech before boarding a plane to Havana at a military airport in Bogota. Photo: Xinhua

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 level '100' buildings in Damascus

Buildings on fire in Douma after shelling by loyalists. Photo: AFP

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

Syria army says will fight back against rebel violations

Syrian rebels announced the failure of a truce declared for Eid al-Adha, as fighting raged, warplanes buzzed key cities and at least 150 people were reported killed since a ceasefire came into effect.

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

Holiday ceasefire in Syria crumbles amid deadly fighting

Syrians searching through rubble for survivors at the site where a car bomb exploded in Daf al-Shok district, southern Damascus. Photo: EPA

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

Damascus car bombing shatters four-day ceasefire

Outbursts of fighting threatened to undermine a fragile ceasefire on Friday. Photo: AFP

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

Clashes threaten fragile ceasefire in Syria

Civilians carry belongings down a street strewn with debris in Aleppo. Photo: AFP

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

Syrian army says to halt operations from Friday morning

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

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepts holiday ceasefire, envoy says

UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: EPA

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

Brahimi warns conflict could set region ablaze

UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi at a press conference in Beirut. Photo: EPA

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

Syria rejects UN call for truce as rebels intercept reinforcements

Syrian armed forces in Aleppo province.  Photo: EPA

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