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By New York Times News Service | January 22, 2008
DAKAR, Senegal -- Congo's government reached an agreement yesterday with a renegade general to end an insurgency that has forced more than 400,000 people from their homes and threatened to undermine the new democratically elected government, according to Congolese officials and Western diplomats involved in the negotiations. Under the terms of the agreement, which was completed yesterday and is expected to be signed today after nearly two weeks of difficult negotiations in the eastern city of Goma, the government and the rebel troops will withdraw from some of their positions and United Nations peacekeeping forces will establish a buffer zone.
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By Jules Witcover | December 2, 2013
General Douglas MacArthur, in being relieved of his command by President Harry Truman in the Korean War, famously declared that "old soldiers never die, they just fade away. " The last part of that has most often applied as well to defeated presidential nominees. F. Scott Fitzgerald somewhat similarly noted in "The Last Tycoon" that "there are no second acts in American lives" -- an observation that also could be said in politics of most also-rans in presidential sweepstakes.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 14, 2001
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonian political leaders signed a peace deal yesterday that is widely viewed as a critical first step toward ending a six-month conflict with ethnic Albanian rebels and averting the fifth Balkan war in a decade. The success of the deal, however, will hinge on the guerrillas' leaving occupied land and handing over their arms to NATO troops. The terms of the disarmament as well as an amnesty for the guerrillas are being worked out, and those issues are likely to be as difficult to negotiate as the peace deal itself.
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By Feisal Abdul Rauf | October 1, 2013
Suddenly, after decades of impasse, it seems possible - just possible - that the stars are aligning for a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East. Three major developments are happening right now. Iran's new president, Hasan Rowhani, has made a peace overture after more than three decades of conflict with the United States. President Barack Obama's phone call to Mr. Rowhani was a breakthrough in diplomatic relations with Iran that have been frozen since 1979. The United States and Russia have brokered an agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | November 20, 1993
JERUSALEM -- The campaigns by Jewish and Palestinian extremists to derail the peace pact have succeeded in turning public opinion here against the agreement, at least for the moment.The violence of both groups has discouraged many Jews and Arabs whose hopes were raised by the Sept. 13 agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.This pessimism may be a temporary shift. The agreement has yet to take effect on the ground, and when Israeli troops begin to withdraw from Jericho and the Gaza Strip Dec. 13, it might bring a new wave of optimism.
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By Henry Chu and Henry Chu,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 22, 2006
NEW DELHI -- After a decade of armed struggle and the deaths of thousands of people, Maoist rebels and the government of Nepal entered into a peace agreement yesterday designed to bring one-time fighters into the political mainstream of the state they once swore to overthrow. As onlookers cheered and Nepalese in the streets celebrated, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and rebel leader Prachanda signed an accord calling for the Maoists to surrender their guns and assume positions in an interim government and parliament.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 28, 2000
ASSIRA ASHMALIA, West Bank - Israel's effort to capture its most-wanted Islamic terrorist suspect went badly awry late Saturday, leaving three Israeli soldiers dead from what may have been "friendly fire." The fugitive, Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, escaped from this village with minor injuries but later surrendered to Palestinian security forces when he sought medical treatment. Israel praised Palestinian authorities for their cooperation, raising troubling questions about whether the army could have spared itself a tragedy by working more closely with the Palestinians in the first place.
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September 2, 2008
While Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has committed himself time and again to forging a peace agreement with the Palestinians this year, his government has overseen a robust expansion of Jewish settlements in the contested West Bank. Mr. Olmert is not unlike other Israeli leaders in this respect, talking about peace while ignoring one of the most divisive issues in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The more settlements, the less land will be available for a future Palestinian state. It's a problem that only deepens with time.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 23, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration, which told Congress last week that 20,000 U.S. troops that would be sent to help enforce a peace accord in Bosnia would come home ZTC within a year, now says that the one-year time frame is merely an estimate.In separate appearances on television news shows yesterday, Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and Secretary of State Warren Christopher left open the possibility that the mission could be longer.Asked on the NBC news program "Meet the Press" whether he could guarantee that the United States would stay in Bosnia only a year, Mr. Perry said: "Not at this time.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 16, 1995
SARAJEVO, Bosnia -- The most critical -- and probably least feasible -- part of the new Bosnian peace agreement is the right it gives refugees to return home.Few diplomats, human rights experts or refugee officials believe that the provision will work. Its failure would leave a festering sore that many predict will erupt into war again in a matter of months or years.A handful of "confidence-building" refugee-return projects have failed miserably in the past several weeks, with dozens of families blocked from going home.
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August 15, 2013
After the bloody crackdown on protesters in Egypt on Wednesday, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel peace laureate who had served as vice president and lent a civilian face to what can now only be described as a military dictatorship, resigned in protest. "It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," he wrote in his resignation letter. "I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood. " If only the leaders of the world's oldest democracy, the one that set the precedent for the supremacy of elected, civilian leaders over the military, could muster that same kind of moral clarity.
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By Robert O. Freedman | August 12, 2013
One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the United States currently faces in the Middle East - crises in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, to mention only the most obvious ones - it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace talks, having visited the area no fewer than...
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
When Gov. Martin O'Malley canceled his planned trip to the Mideast this morning, it wasn't for any of the obvious reasons. Like, he didn't want the delegation to be in harm's way. Or, the powers that be in Israel might be too preoccupied to deal with a Maryland development tour. No. O'Malley thought his presence in Israel could scuttle the entire peace plan. “After many days of monitoring the situation in the Middle East, I've decided to reschedule Maryland's Economic Development Mission to Israel," he said in a statement.
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By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | July 18, 2011
The Quartet for Middle East peace met in Washington last week, and after the meeting a senior U.S. administration official said, "there are still gaps [between the Israelis and Palestinians]," and "more work needs to be done. " A new path to peace and better lives for Israelis and Palestinians are desperately needed, and the pro-democracy movements sweeping across the Middle East point the way. A key lesson of the Arab Spring - that everyday people can and must play a critical role to achieve fundamental change in the Middle East - also applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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By Michael Lerner | May 24, 2011
President Barack Obama is reported to have said to his advisors last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would never make the concessions necessary for a peace accord. Well, we in the peace movement say, "duhhh. " If the president really understands this, it is time for him to go over the heads of the leadership in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and directly to the Israeli and Palestinian people, with a full-blown peace accord that would show what the U.S. could enthusiastically support.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2010
The peace agreement that had held since last summer between a Baltimore church and a group that advocates for feral cats appears to have broken down, with the pastor saying he'll order a feeding station and two small shelters removed from the property. The Rev. Reginald Turner, pastor of Northside Baptist Church on East Northern Parkway, said members of the congregation met Sunday and decided to end the arrangement made last August with Alley Cat Allies, a national group based in Bethesda that had acted as mediator in a dispute between the church and several people who have been taking care of a group of cats that have lived for years in a wooded area behind the church.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 20, 1993
CAIRO, Egypt -- To a subdued reception reflecting the Arab world's deep misgivings, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat sought backing yesterday from the Arab League for his peace agreement with Israel and pledged solidarity to force Israel to withdraw from all occupied Arab lands.Standing before the disparate, quarreling body of Arab nations that has alternately ignored the Palestinians and backed them through 45 years of conflict, Mr. Arafat raised his clasped hands in salute and pleaded his case for what many Arabs have viewed as a premature peace pact with Israel.
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By Mark Matthews and Tom Bowman and Mark Matthews and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
WASHINGTON -- After the bombing, then what?NATO officials hope that once cruise missiles and bombs "degrade" the Yugoslav army, President Slobodan Milosevic will see the error of his judgment and agree to the Western-drafted peace plan that he has rejected for weeks.That would open the way for the entry of 28,000 peacekeepers, including 4,000 Americans, to enforce the agreement, protect civilians and ensure an autonomous -- but not independent -- Serbian province of Kosovo.No one can guarantee this outcome, and the Clinton administration has said little about what might follow bombing if Milosevic persists in his refusal to accept a plan that includes NATO forces on Serbian soil.
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By Raj Purohit and Howard Salter | February 6, 2009
In the coming days, President Barack Obama will be presented with an opportunity to tackle a foreign policy challenge frequently raised on the campaign trail: the human rights crisis in Darfur. Since 2003, the Sudanese government and its militia allies have killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of Darfur's civilians. The government has also obstructed international efforts to stop the killing. As a consequence, the U.N. Security Council authorized the International Criminal Court to address this matter.
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By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2008
JERUSALEM - With a year-end target date for a Middle East peace agreement certain to be missed, international mediators pledged support yesterday for continued Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and their envoy, Tony Blair, urged President-elect Barack Obama to make the peace effort a priority. Meeting at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, representatives of the so-called Quartet - made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia - were briefed by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on talks launched nearly a year ago at a conference hosted by President Bush in Annapolis.
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