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By PBS NewsHour
The first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years got off to a shaky start Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas restarted the effort at a peace conference two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Just hours after stepping down as British prime minister Wednesday, Tony Blair was tapped by the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations to head international efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.
The chairman of the African Union Commission expressed "deep regret" Thursday that two prominent rebel groups in Darfur had declined to sign a peace agreement before the May 31 deadline.
A surge in violence between rebel groups and the Sudanese army in Sudan's western Darfur region is threatening to derail peace talks in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and putting a shaky cease-fire in peril.
The Colombian Congress this week approved a controversial bill meant to disarm one of Columbia's largest paramilitary groups by offering legal leniency to its leaders who agree to enter peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to a face-to-face meeting next week in Egypt to discuss ways to implement the internationally backed "road map" for peace in the Middle East.
The latest round of peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels were suspended until January due to ceasefire violations, African Union mediators said this week.
While thousands of Palestinians mourn the death of their leader Yasser Arafat, officials in the United States, Israel and elsewhere expressed hope the death could renew efforts to end decades of violence in the Middle East.
The top negotiator in Fallujah peace talks with the Iraqi government said dialogue would remain suspended, despite his release Monday by U.S. authorities as an apparent bid to resume talks to end the fighting in the major insurgent stronghold.
One of the two rebel groups in Sudan's Darfur region reported Wednesday that peace negotiations with the government had collapsed.
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