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Pakistan releases Indian pilot as ‘gesture of peace’ between nuclear-armed rivals

Posted March 02, 2019 08:19:04 Pakistan has released an Indian combat pilot who was captured after his plane was shot down by their military amid a tense stand-off between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Key points: Pilot was released and taken for medical testsPakistan said the decision to release the pilot was a "gesture of peace"Hundreds of…

Ex-Afghan security boss Hanif Atmar calls for all-inclusive peace

Kabul, Afghanistan - Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan's powerful former national security adviser, will challenge President Ashraf Ghani for the country's top post in July's planned elections. Often referred to as "the shadow president" during his time as security adviser (2014-2018), Atmar backs an all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to advance peace efforts in a bid to end…

Afghanistan’s persecuted Hazaras have little hope in peace talks

Kabul, Afghanistan - On September 5 last year, a Wednesday, coach Ghulam Abbas, 58, heard gunfire at the Maiwand Wrestling club in Dash-e-Barchi, a neighbourhood in Kabul's west home to a sizeable Hazara community. A guard yelled "suicide attacker!" and Abbas ran towards the emergency exit door, slamming it shut behind him. But the attacker's foot was…

Jared Kushner heads to Middle East to promote peace plan

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, is on his way to the Middle East to promote the economic portion of a long-awaited US plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kushner, 38, left the US for a five-nation tour late on Saturday, according to White House officials. Accompanied…

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff boss Warnock hopes family find ‘peace & comfort’

Neil Warnock was visibly distraught following Cardiff's win over BournemouthCardiff City boss Neil Warnock hopes the recovery and identification of Emiliano Sala will bring "peace" and "comfort" to his grieving family.Argentine-born Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a light aircraft piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January.Cardiff…

Taliban launch deadly attack as they attend Afghan peace talks

The Taliban have killed at least 21 people in their latest attacks in Afghanistan, despite the beginning of peace talks with Afghan officials in Moscow. Among the dead were 11 policemen slain when fighters stormed a checkpoint in northern Baghlan province, provincial officials said on Tuesday. The attacks were reported as Taliban representatives began meetings…

Karen minority urge ‘respect’ in Myanmar peace park initiative

Mutraw, Myanmar - With a Myanmar government-backed peace process in deadlock, ethnic Karen political leaders and activists have declared thousands of square kilometers of land a "peace park" and the Karen people its rightful custodians. The Salween Peace Park, which was "established" last month in eastern Myanmar's Kayin (Karen) state where the Karen National Union (KNU) has…

Can the UN maintain peace around the world?

Lightly armed and with limited authority, UN peacekeepers are deployed to many of the world's trouble spots. These peacekeepers have been repeatedly targetted in Mali, now the most dangerous mission to serve in. The latest on Sunday when 10 soldiers from Chad were killed when gunmen stormed the United Nations camp. An al-Qaeda-linked group said…

Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan?

The United States is eager to end its nearly 18-year involvement in the war in Afghanistan, which has killed tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and Taliban fighters. But Taliban leaders are refusing to sit at the same table as the Afghan government. A US special envoy is in Pakistan, hoping government leaders there can…

Yemen’s warring sides meet face-to-face at Sweden peace talks

Rimbo, Sweden - Yemen's warring sides are holding face-to-face discussions over a planned prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures aimed at ending more than three years of war that has ravaged the impoverished country. Since talks began last week, United Nations officials have been shuttling between delegations from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels. But…
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