North and South Korea soldiers cross DMZ in peace

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The historic moment was caught on camera by both sides North and South Korean soldiers have made several friendly crossings into each other’s territory for the first time since the countries were divided. The men were checking the dismantling of guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the…

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Demand Global Action on Mass Rape: ‘Enough is Enough!’

LONDON — Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for their campaigns to end mass rape in war, condemned on Monday what they called the international community’s indifference to wartime sexual violence and pleaded for new efforts to arrest or punish those responsible. “Thank you very much for this…

Afghan Election Dispute Brews as U.S. Pushes for Peace Talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — An election complaints agency on Thursday invalidated all of the votes cast in Kabul Province in October’s parliamentary election, more than a million in all, over fraud allegations, pushing the country toward another political crisis just as a top American diplomat arrived to build momentum for peace talks with the Taliban. The…

Yemen Peace Talks Begin With Agreement to Free 5,000 Prisoners

CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides agreed on Thursday to exchange prisoners, starting peace consultations in Sweden that aim to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, opened the talks, saying they represented a “critical opportunity”…

Yemen war: UN-backed peace talks set to begin in Sweden

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe UN says Yemen is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years if the war continues UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen are due to begin in Sweden. A UN team will work alongside delegations…

South Korea president unveils ‘peace gift’ puppies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSouth Korea’s President Moon Jae-in: “The dogs are designated as national treasures in North Korea” South Korea’s president has revealed the first pictures of puppies mothered by one of North Korea’s “peace gift” dogs, Gomi. The North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, sent the two dogs to his counterpart…

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government to attend peace talks

The government, headed by exiled President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, is the first of the warring Yemeni groups to publicly commit to peace talks spearheaded by UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths. The discussions would be the first official negotiations since talks were held between Yemeni parties in Kuwait in 2016. The announcement came shortly before…

Houthi leader: Ready for Yemen ceasefire if Saudi-led coalition wants peace

“We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honorable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people,” al-Houthi, head of Yemen’s Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement. Al-Houthi also said that his forces would stop launching missiles and drone attacks on “US-Saudi…

The women keeping peace… in the deadliest place

Image copyright Xaume Olleros The United Nations wants to recruit more women as peacekeepers, but only a small proportion of its Blue Helmets are female. In Mali, Jennifer O’Mahony meets some of women trying to bring stability to the region. Superintendent Catherine Ugorji is settling in for another 24-hour shift monitoring UN patrols in the…