Brexit talks suspended after EU negotiator tests positive for COVID-19 – National

As if the Brexit trade negotiations were not torturous enough, the coronavirus added a twist at a crucial stage on Thursday when top-level talks had to be suspended because an EU negotiator tested positive for COVID-19. It added uncertainty to the negotiations as a deadline looms ever closer and both sides are still divided […]

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 […]

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to cease-fire after talks in Moscow – National

With Russia’s mediation, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting at noon Saturday following two weeks of heavy fighting that marked the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in a quarter-century. The countries’ foreign ministers said in a statement that the truce is intended to exchange prisoners and recover the dead, […]

Trump changes tune, pushes for some COVID-19 relief after shutting down talks – National

The White House on Wednesday tried to salvage its favorite items lost in the rubble of COVID-19 relief talks that President Donald Trump blew up, with his administration pressing for $1,200 stimulus checks and a new wave of aid for airlines and other businesses hard hit by the pandemic. In a barrage of tweets, […]

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 […]

Long-awaited peace talks between Afghanistan, Taliban officially begin in Qatar – National

The opening ceremony for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, marking the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action, vexing […]

Taliban say negotiating team in Qatar for Afghan peace talks

The Taliban’s negotiating team has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman said on Saturday, in a sign that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan government are inching closer to starting. A date for the talks, to be hosted in Doha, has not been set but the warring sides have this week made signals that negotiations could […]

Indian army chief says talks can resolve border row with China

India’s army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday he was confident the ongoing border stand-off with China could be resolved through talks, even as thousands of troops remained amassed along a disputed Western Himalayan region. “We are sure that the problem can be resolved fully through talks,” Naravane told Reuters partner ANI during […]

Afghan women negotiators to face hardline Taliban in peace talks

Five Afghan women who endured the Taliban’s oppressive rule and fought for fragile gains since the militants were ousted are now preparing to face the hardline group in peace talks. Their presence at the negotiating table is significant in patriarchal Afghanistan, though they will be outnumbered by the rest of the Afghan government’s team of […]