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N. Korea scraps US envoy's invite as tensions mount

Tensions tightened on the Korean peninsula Monday, as North Korea cancelled a US envoy's visit over a jailed Korean American, and Seoul and Washington set dates for military drills denounced by Pyongyang.

N. Korea scraps US envoy's invite as tensions mount
DR Congo army in 'last phase' push against M23 rebels
DR Congo army in 'last phase' push against M23 rebels

Democratic Republic of Congo troops were in a mopping up operation to rout the remaining pockets of the M23 rebel movement, after seizing their last stronghold in a push to finally break the back of the insurgency.

DR Congo army in 'last phase' push against M23 rebels
Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks
Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks

President Bashar al-Assad insisted in a meeting Wednesday with visiting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that Syrians alone will decide on the fate of an initiative for Geneva peace talks.

Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks
Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts
Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria says peace talks are in doubt unless a "credible opposition" takes part, overcoming rifts among its factions.

Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts
Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo
Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi begins a Middle East tour Saturday to pave the way for proposed peace talks on Syria, where dozens of people were killed in the latest fighting in Aleppo province.

Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo
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UN names envoy for Syria chemical weapons

The head of the United Nations on Sunday named Sigrid Kaag to lead the UN's joint mission with the chemical weapons watchdog tasked with eliminating Syria's arsenal.

UN names envoy for Syria chemical weapons
UN Council backs Ban's Syria disarmament plan
UN Council backs Ban's Syria disarmament plan

The UN Security Council on Thursday backed a plan by UN leader Ban Ki-moon for a joint mission with the global chemical arms watchdog to destroy Syria's weapons.

UN Council backs Ban's Syria disarmament plan
Egypt cabinet orders police to end pro-Morsi sit-in
Egypt cabinet orders police to end pro-Morsi sit-in

Egypt's cabinet Wednesday ordered a police crackdown on protests by ousted president Mohamed Morsi's loyalists.

Egypt cabinet orders police to end pro-Morsi sit-in
Venezuela ends rapprochement with US: official
Venezuela ends rapprochement with US: official

Venezuela late Friday said it has "ended" its rapprochement with the United States due to a statement by Samantha Power, nominated to become the US envoy to the United Nations.

Venezuela ends rapprochement with US: official
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Vatican envoy apologises to Malaysia over 'Allah' row

The Vatican's first-ever envoy to Malaysia has apologised for supporting the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims after he was summoned by the foreign minister.

Vatican envoy apologises to Malaysia over 'Allah' row
UN envoy in Syria talks as child toll mounts
UN envoy in Syria talks as child toll mounts

The UN's special envoy on children in war was in Syria for talks as concern mounted over the rising child death toll in the bloody two-year conflict.

UN envoy in Syria talks as child toll mounts
N. Korea in dangerous nuclear showdown: US envoy
N. Korea in dangerous nuclear showdown: US envoy

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is playing a dangerous game in his nuclear showdown with the international community.

N. Korea in dangerous nuclear showdown: US envoy
US names new Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy
US names new Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday named veteran diplomat James Dobbins to be the new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan at what he called "a pivotal moment" for the two nations.

US names new Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy
Ban talks Syria as UN envoy appears set to quit
Ban talks Syria as UN envoy appears set to quit

UN leader Ban Ki-moon discussed deadlocked efforts to end the Syria conflict with the major powers on Thursday amid mounting signs that peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to quit.

Ban talks Syria as UN envoy appears set to quit
Tibetan envoy says China can end immolations
Tibetan envoy says China can end immolations

An envoy of the Dalai Lama said Wednesday that Tibetans would likely end a wave of self-immolation protests if China reopened dialogue with the exiled spiritual leader to address grievances.

Tibetan envoy says China can end immolations
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon (L) and Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi. ©REUTERS/Evan Schneider
Ban says Syria nearing 'complete destruction'

International governments must act quickly to stop Syria's "complete destruction," UN leader Ban Ki-Moon warned Monday as the conflict entered a third year.

Ban says Syria nearing 'complete destruction'
Iran's Ambassador to the U.N. Mohammad Khazaee. ©REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Iran envoy warns West against nuclear pressure

A top Iranian envoy said Wednesday that increased Western pressure over his country's nuclear program could end hopes for a negotiated settlement.

Iran envoy warns West against nuclear pressure
Fierce fighting in Syria, UN envoy meets opposition leader
Fierce fighting in Syria, UN envoy meets opposition leader

Syrian rebels launched fierce assaults on government troops in several parts of the country on Sunday, as a UN envoy urged the leader of the opposition to seek dialogue with the Damascus regime.

Fierce fighting in Syria, UN envoy meets opposition leader
US, Russia seek to iron out Syria differences
US, Russia seek to iron out Syria differences

The US and Russia meet in Germany Saturday in a new bid to iron out their differences over the war in Syria, with the head of the opposition saying the world must not be a bystander to the tragedy.

US, Russia seek to iron out Syria differences
Massacre plunges Syria deeper into 'horror' spiral
Massacre plunges Syria deeper into 'horror' spiral

The Syrian war has reached "unprecedented levels of horror", UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday after dozens of men were killed in a grim new massacre.

Massacre plunges Syria deeper into 'horror' spiral