Colombia: ‘proof that world peace is possible’
Last week a deal was agreed in Colombia that could end the western hemisphere’s last remaining war. It is proof, says the country’s president, that world peace is more than just a pipedream.
Japanese emperor hints at end of peaceful era
The head of the world’s oldest monarchy has revealed his desire to step down. He will be known as the emperor of ‘peace everywhere’ — but could Japan’s age of pacifism be coming to an end?
‘We looked for the food the rats were eating'
The first close-up portrait of life inside a Syrian city under siege -- only now possible because a ceasefire has been declared between government forces and rebels. Is there room for hope?
Syrian ‘savagery’ shocks the world
Evidence of widespread torture and executions by President Assad’s forces has been published just as a major peace conference starts. After such horrors, what can diplomacy achieve?
Deadly bombs mark 10th anniversary of Iraq War
Ten years ago yesterday, allied forces invaded Iraq to topple a dictator and build a democracy. But yesterday Baghdad was ripped apart by bombs. Was the invasion worth it?
Europe’s titans celebrate 50 years of friendship
France and Germany were once the warring giants at the heart of a troubled continent. Then, in 1963, the Elysee treaty made them best of friends. But will the relationship last?
Global war: after the battle
When the guns fall silent, war-torn nations face an even tougher challenge: keeping a stable peace. What problems do countries face in the aftermath of conflict?
Taliban ‘ready to share power’ in Afghanistan
After more than a decade at war with invading NATO forces, Afghanistan’s hardline Islamists are willing to see some foreign forces remain, and to sever links with al Qaeda’s terrorists.
UK Muslims hold rally against terrorism
This weekend, 12,000 Muslims attended the Peace for Humanity conference, urging peace and understanding between religions. Will a new Fatwa against Terror be successful?
Palestinian document leaks may kill peace hopes
Delicate peace talks in the Middle East have been ruptured by publication of secret documents. Palestinians didn’t know how much negotiators offered on their behalf.