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Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh reached an agreement to end days of fighting in the disputed area.

Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh reached an agreement to end days of fighting in the disputed area.

From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Frances Alonzo reporting.

Azerbaijan and Armenian separatist authorities in the Nagorny Karabakh region reached an agreement Tuesday to end four days of fierce fighting over the disputed territory, according to Azerbaijan.

The country's defense ministry said in a statement after a similar announcement by separatist authorities in Karabakh that "military actions were halted as 0800 GMT on Tuesday."

The latest development comes as Azerbaijan said Tuesday that 16 of its troops had been killed in the past two days during fighting with Armenian-backed separatists.

The African National Congress has given President Jacob Zuma the support he needs to survive an impeachment vote called after South Africa's top court ruled he breached the constitution.

Parliament will later Tuesday debate and vote on a motion to remove Zuma from office after a constitutional court ruled last week that the president failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring an order to repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent on renovating his private home.

Syrian peace talks will likely resume in Geneva on April 11. However, (Syrian) regime negotiators will arrive several days later after the completion of parliamentary elections in the country, according to the UN Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Syrian state media and an activist group say militant shelling of a predominantly Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo has killed at least nine people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday's shelling came amid clashes between militants that included members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria and Kurdish fighters.

The activist group says nine people were killed.

The state SANA news agency says the rocket attack on Sheik Maqssoud neighborhood killed 14.

This is VOA News.


Words in This New

authorities – n. officials

region – n. an area

according – v. to give something to someone or something; to bring into agreement

GMT – n. short for Greenwich Mean Time (also known as UTC or Universal Time)

transaction – n. a business deal

backed – adv. supported

impeachment – adj. of or related to a process in which an official is accused of wrongdoing

breached – v. violated

motion – n. a measure

uphold – v. to support or defend

fund – n. money or financing

renovating – v. to fix or repair

resume – v. to begin again after stopping

regime – n. a form of government

meanwhile – adv. at the same time

predominantly – adj. largely

amid – prep. in the middle of; surrounded by

branch – n. a part of a government or organization; a part of a tree

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