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More hostages to be exchanged in Israel-Hamas truce

Israel has said that more hostages being held by Hamas since the militant group’s cross-border attack on October 7 will be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners in what is the second day of a truce deal that has allowed crucial humanitarian aid into Gaza. On Friday’s first day of the four-day …

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Russia honors Christmas truce despite Ukrainian strikes – Moscow

Russian troops are observing a 36-hour Orthodox Christmas truce despite attacks by Ukrainian forces, the country’s Defense Ministry has confirmed. The statement came after Kiev rejected Moscow’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, due to expire at midnight on Saturday. The ministry said during its daily press briefing on Saturday that …

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Putin announces Christmas truce

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to impose a cessation in hostilities in Ukraine. Hours earlier, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, had called on both sides of the conflict to cease hostilities in the run-up to, and during, the Orthodox Christmas holiday. According to the Kremlin, …

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Palestinian militants confirm truce – media

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) confirmed on Sunday that it had reached a ceasefire deal with Israel, the Times of Israel reported. Israel reportedly agreed to the Egyptian-brokered deal earlier in the afternoon, after three days of airstrikes on Gaza. The militant group said that the ceasefire would come into …

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Ukraine sends mixed messages on ‘Easter truce’

The foreign ministry of Ukraine said on Wednesday that Kiev is in favor of a four-day “Easter ceasefire” proposed by the UN secretary general, and remains committed to resolving the conflict with Russia peacefully and through diplomacy. However, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, had a day earlier, contradicted this stance by telling French media the …

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Call for Ukraine Easter truce

Pope Francis has called for a truce in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and for the sides to start meaningful talks.  Delegations from both governments have already held several discussions – both in person and online – since Moscow attacked in February.  However, they have been unable to find an agreement. “Put the …

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Kiev explains why it’s not interested in temporary truce

A temporary truce with Moscow is “meaningless” and will only lead to a further escalation, a member of the Ukrainian team negotiating with Russia in peace talks has stated.  “We won’t agree to a ‘Minsk-3’ or ‘Budapest-2’ – it’s all pointless,” Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said …

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UN announces nationwide truce in Yemen

Yemenis may get a reprieve from hostilities in their war-shattered country, as Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition fighting to reinstate the country’s deposed government have agreed to a UN proposal to cease offensive operations for at least two months. The truce is scheduled to go into effect at 7pm …

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