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Help wanted: UN mission struggles in troubled C. Africa

Libreville - Six months ago, the UN Security Council agreed to send an additional 900 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), reinforcing one of its biggest peacekeeping missions in one of the world's most dangerous countries.

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

Geneva - The United States led protests Monday as Syria took over the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) at a time when Damascus is widely accused of using chemical weapons.

Global economy to grow faster than expected in 2018-19,at 3.2 percent: UN

New York - The global economy is set to expand faster than expected in 2018 and 2019, the United Nations said Thursday, predicting a new a growth rate of 3.2 percent.

UN extends African peace mission in Somalia

New York - A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing Tuesday until July 31.

US pushes for UN resolution on Rohingya crisis

New York - US envoy Nikki Haley called Monday for the United Nations Security Council to take rapid action on the Rohingya crisis, which has seen over 700,000 people driven from their homes in Myanmar.

Canada aims for August Mali deployment of Blue Helmets: minister

Montr - Canada aims to deploy peacekeepers backed by helicopters to join UN Blue Helmets in Mali in August, the country's defense minister said on Sunday.

UN calls on Taliban to take up offer of direct talks

New York - The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan on Thursday urged the Taliban to take up an offer by the Afghan government of direct talks on peace.

New head of UN's DR Congo mission takes office amid tensions

Kinshasa - The new head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo took office on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the world body and the government.

UN's Guterres hails Colombia peace effort as rebels bomb pipeline

Mesetas - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday praised the "total commitment" of Colombia's government and former FARC rebels to peace-building, as the military blamed a smaller rebel group for bombing an oil pipeline.

Iran 'tested by its own citizens': Haley

New York - Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday Iran's government is "being tested by its own citizens" after three days of protests against the clerical regime.

In eastern DR Congo, Ugandan rebel group sows misery

Beni - Jean-De-Dieu was working in the fields in his village of Mamoundioma one day in October when he heard the distant but unmistakeable sound of gunfire.

400,000 children in DR Congo could die from hunger, says Unicef

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention.

UN peacekeepers honour 14 troops killed in DR Congo

Beni - The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century.

DR Congo makes arrests ahead of anti-Kabila protests

Kinshasa - Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday stifled street protests against the extended rule of President Joseph Kabila, making several dozen arrests according to campaign groups, despite a UN appeal to allow peaceful demonstrations.

Death penalty has 'no place in 21st century:' UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the death penalty Tuesday, insisting it has "no place in the 21st century.

Nobel winning anti-nuclear group urges Trump not to quit Iran deal

New York - The nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday urged US President Donald Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal to "avoid causing any more conflict.

Nine dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali

Bamako - Gunmen attacked two United Nations bases in Mali on Monday, killing a peacekeeper, a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks on its presence in the country.

UN peacekeeper, Mali soldier dead after gunmen attack UN base

Bamako - Gunmen attacked a UN base in central Mali on Monday, killing a UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier, the United Nations said, denouncing a "revolting terrorist attack".

New UN envoy to Libya vows 'respect' for sovereignty

Tripoli - The new UN envoy to Libya on Saturday started his first visit to the conflict-plagued North African country with a pledge to "respect" its sovereignty and unity.

UN to close five peacekeepers' bases in eastern DRCongo

Kinshasa - Five UN peacekeepers' bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style.

Appeals grow to pardon mentally ill US killer

Washington - Two top UN rights officials added their voices Wednesday to a growing chorus of appeals to Virginia's governor to spare the life of a mentally disturbed man found guilty of killing a police officer and prison guard.

No guarantee of success in Cyprus talks: UN envoy

Atenas - Next week's talks between Greece and Turkey on the reunification of Cyprus will not be easy and there was no guarantee of success, the UN envoy on Cyprus warned Tuesday.
 

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