UN Yemen envoy makes 1st visit to Iran to push for peace – National

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen arrived on his first visit to Iran Sunday for talks on the grinding war in the Arab world’s poorest country, Iranian state TV reported. Martin Griffiths was set to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other officials during his two-day visit, his office said. The […]

Azerbaijan, Armenia begin prisoner exchange as part of peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh – National

Azerbaijan and Armenia started the process of exchanging prisoners Monday, a move stipulated in the peace deal between the two ex-Soviet nations that ended recent fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani authorities said an all-for-all exchange of prisoners and hostages have been agreed with Armenia, and a plane with some of the […]

‘We just want blue skies’: Armenians, Azerbaijanis plead for peace as third ceasefire violated – National

Irina Safrayan, 23, awoke the morning of Sept. 27 to the sounds of heavy artillery, and her apartment building in Hadrout, located within the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, shook from ongoing shelling nearby. Amidst the chaos, she crammed her passport and money into a red backpack and fled, managing to escape with her sister and […]

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues despite U.S. mediated peace talks – National

Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The heavy shelling forced residents of Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, into shelters, as emergency teams rushed to extinguish fires. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said other […]

Heavy fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues as U.S. hosts peace talks – National

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh  — Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan traveled to Washington for negotiations on settling the neighboring countries’ decades-long conflict. Read more: 2nd attempt at ceasefire frays as Armenia, Azerbaijan both report renewed shelling U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled talks with Armenia and […]

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize as hunger soars amid pandemic – National

NIAMEY, Niger — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting […]

Armenia prepared to defend against Azerbaijan attacks despite Macron’s call for peace – National

Armenia said on Saturday it would use “all necessary means” to protect ethnic Armenians from attack by Azerbaijan, as the opposing sides pounded each other for a seventh day and the latest international peace call fell on deaf ears. Azerbaijan said Armenia bore full responsibility for the new outbreak of the decades-old conflict, which […]

‘No justice, No peace’: Protesters march in Louisville Saturday over Breonna Taylor case – National

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A diverse crowd of hundreds marched in Louisville’s streets chanting “Black Lives Matter” on Saturday night, the fourth night of protests after a grand jury declined to charge officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. People in the crowd also chanted “No Justice, No peace” as cars honked along a […]

Israel strikes Gaza after facing rocket attacks during peace deal signing in U.S. – National

The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The barrage against Israel began Tuesday night just as the ceremony in Washington […]

Taliban almost took key to Afghan city weeks before historic peace talks: examination – National

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban’s attack on the strategic city in northeastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him. “Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living in fear,” Agha, a 46-year-old driver, told Reuters. “Looking […]