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Palestinian state likely not in US proposed peace plan: Report

A United States proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians dubbed "the deal of the century" will likely not include a fully sovereign Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported. According to sources familiar with the main elements of the deal, the agreement pledged practical improvements in the lives of Palestinians, but stops short of…

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ will end in peace, not war

"The battle of good and evil is a great subject for any book and certainly for a fantasy book, but I think ultimately the battle between good and evil is weighed within the individual human heart and not necessarily between an army of people dressed in white and an army of people dressed in black."…

Hope blossoms in spring as Afghans keep close eye on peace...

Asasabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan - The arrival of spring has turned the fields green in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, which shares a border with Pakistan.  Bukharis, traditional Afghan heaters, have been switched off as the rapeseed blossoms.  As well as picturesque landscapes, with spring comes a new fighting season in Afghanistan. Every year,…

Are Rwandans paying a price for peace after the genocide?

At least 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. On Sunday, the country began marking 25 years of the atrocities with commemorations in the capital, Kigali. Rwanda has made a remarkable turnaround since that time. It has one of the continent's strongest economies, and more women politicians in parliament…

SIGAR: Reintegration, economy among top risks after Taliban peace

Afghanistan will remain dependent on foreign donors and international help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached, a watchdog in the United States has said, adding that that prospect of a potential end to fighting raises its own risks to rebuilding efforts. The comments on Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghan…

‘No to war’: Middle East musicians collaborate on a ‘peace album’

Nearly 100 musicians from across the Middle East have collaborated for an album put together by Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian to promote peace in the embattled region. The album, titled "Middle Eastern", consists of songs played by artists from Iran, Turkey, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain along with some musicians from…

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 manager Neil Warnock hopes the recovery and identification of Emiliano Sala's body 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…

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