The leader of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels confirmed on Monday that they were ready to take part in peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, now nearly 50 years old.
New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that he was "scared" at the size of the task of ending the Syria conflict.
The murder rate in drug-violent Mexico has almost tripled since 2005, government figures showed Monday, though officials did not specify how many homicides were linked to the country's war on drugs.
Syrian forces launched new air strikes and shelled rebel strongholds in several key cities on Saturday, a watchdog said, after the UN named a new envoy to try to end the conflict.
An emergency summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began late Tuesday with a proposal to suspend conflict-wracked Syria, a move strongly opposed by Iran.
The US on Tuesday accused Iran of setting up a pro-regime militia in Syria as Washington increasingly ties the crisis there to interference by its long-time foe Tehran.
The Syrian army pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo on Sunday, while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.
Elton John has reignited his public spat with Madonna, calling her a "fairground stripper" whose career is over.
Standing in front of the rag-covered tent that has been her family's home for 18 months, grandmother Halbo Maow says that while the men with the guns might have changed, life still remains tough.
The Egyptian army on Monday promised to "avenge" the deaths of 16 border guards in an assault the previous day on a post near the border with Israel, in a statement issued by state news agency MENA.
World powers traded blame on Friday after Kofi Annan quit as international peace envoy to Syria, complaining that his initiative to end the bloodshed there never received the support it deserved.
A labor conflict in the gold-mining company in Akmola oblast may escalate: Secretary of State.
13 labor conflicts have taken place in Kazakhstan companies since the beginning of 2012.
Oil prices hit two-month highs this week, driven by Federal Reserve stimulus hopes and Middle East unrest, while soyabeans soared to a record high as US supplies were hit by drought.
The self-declared state of Nagorny-Karabakh, recognised by no country in the world, votes in leadership elections as fears grow of a new conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over its status.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon and international envoy Kofi Annan called on the UN Security Council to take strong action on the Syria conflict ahead of a vote Thursday on a western-backed resolution calling for sanctions.
Only the wind is heard rustling the wheat fields at the Karabakh frontline, but the silence is deceptive -- the soldiers lined along the Mardakert Heights know that shooting can start at any time.
Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev has instructed to toughen the legislation against instigators of social and labor conflicts.
Possibility of further increase in conflicts and tensions in 2012 remains high in three Central Asian states: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
We have to be prepared for everything. That is why we hold trainings: Makarov.
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