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Three Ivorian UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Bamako - Three UN peacekeepers from Ivory Coast were killed in central Mali on Wednesday, the UN and Ivorian government said, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state.

Minus UN peacekeepers, Haiti police face security challenge

Port-au-prince - The withdrawal of UN peacekeepers from Haiti over the next six months marks a milestone in the country's progress toward political stability but challenges remain for security and the independence of police.

Central African militias gather as French troops prepare to leave

Bangui - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian heads to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population.

UN refusal to recognize role in Haiti cholera a 'debacle': expert

New York - The United Nations' refusal to recognize its legal responsiblity for Haiti's cholera epidemic is a debacle that must be turned into a success story, a UN expert said Tuesday.

Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan 'protection force'

Nairobi - US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for the deployment of a 4,000-strong "protection force" to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

South Sudan president considers new, stronger UN force

Juba - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said Monday he was not opposed to the deployment of a strengthened UN force but expressed "very serious concerns" over the internationally-backed plan.

UN authorizes force of 4,000 troops to S. Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized the deployment of a robust force of 4,000 troops to South Sudan after heavy fighting set back efforts to end the country's devastating war.

DR Congo must guarantee 'space' for opposition ahead of vote: UN

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Sunday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect its citizens' civil liberties as the political climate has turned tense ahead of key elections next year.

Ukraine president calls for international peacekeepers

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday called for a UN-mandated peacekeeping force to monitor a tattered ceasefire deal in east Ukraine."We see the best format would be a police mission from the European Union.

Philippines' Aquino criticises UN for mission 'impossible'

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticised the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission "impossible".

Fijian joy as Syrian rebels release peacekeepers

Shamir - Jubilant Fijians celebrated Friday the release of 45 UN peacekeepers from the South Pacific nation who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked rebels on the Golan Heights, hailing them as heroes after their two-week ordeal.

Kidnapped UN peacekeepers in Syria released

New York - A group of 45 UN peacekeepers kidnapped two weeks ago in the Golan were released Thursday and are in good condition, a UN spokesman said.

UN peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels

Four UN peacekeepers were seized and detained by Syrian rebels near the the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. The peacekeepers were part of a UN force monitoring the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria.

Syrian rebels free UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels have released the 21 UN peacekeepers they captured on Wednesday, and have handed them over to Jordanian authorities.

Sudan: Rebels hold over 50 UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur region

A major rebel group in Sudan's Darfur region claims to be holding 52 international UNAMID peacekeepers mainly from Senegal, Reuters reports a rebel spokesman as saying on Monday, 20 February.

Protesters hope for greater publicity at Royal Wedding Special

A number of activist and protesters around the streets of Westminster Abbey are also putting up their tents and placards on the eve of the royal wedding celebrations

Study: Canada's military spending at highest point since WWll

Ottawa - A new study shows Canada will spend at least $22.3 billion on its military forces in 2010-11 which represents an increase of 54 percent since 9/11.

Kidnapped South African peacekeepers are alive in Darfur, Sudan Special

Cape Town - Four South African peacekeepers in Sudan’s strife torn province of Darfur have been kidnapped. The four, two men and two women are members of the South African Police Services (SAPS).

Two peacekeepers missing after ambush in Darfur

The United Nations is searching for two peacekeepers who have been missing since an ambush on a joint African Union-United Nations patrol in Darfur.

Peacekeepers shot at again in Darfur region

Peacekeepers in the western Darfur region of Sudan have been fired upon for the third time in less than a week. An armed Pakistani police unit was the latest to be targeted as it escorted a convoy outside Nyala, capital of south Darfur.

Sudan Wants UN Peacekeepers To Leave Darfur

Sudan has called for UN and African Union (AU) peacekeepers to withdraw from Darfur. The country’s UN ambassador, Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem, rejected a UN report criticizing conditions in Darfur.

Thousands Flee to African Union-UN Peacekeepers Base

Aerial bombardments over the South Darfur town of Muhajeria,have forced thousands to a United Nations peacekeepers base in search of safety.

Congo May Require More Peacekeepers

The violence in Congo-Kinshasa is growing and western diplomats are considering whether it will be necessary to send in more peacekeepers.

Peacekeepers Struggle To Feed Haitians Hungry From Hurricane Hanna As Ike Nears

Hurricane Hanna has devastated parts of Haiti. Aid workers are struggling to feed thousands left hungry by the powerful storm with Hurricane Ike ready to hit the island Saturday.

Peacekeepers Combat Organized Crime

Peacekeepers have taken part in “gang-clearing” operations in Haiti and acted against human trafficking and financial crimes in Kosovo, as well as drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

Egyptian Engineers Join Darfur Peacekeepers

129 Egyptian engineering personnel joined the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

National Peacekeepers Day

Canada's commitment to peacekeeping is recognized throughout the world. Today is the first National Peacekeepers Day in Canada and a celebration was held in Ottawa honouring those who have served their country.

Seven Peacekeepers Killed in Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a deadly attack on the joint United Nations-African Union force in Darfur that killed seven peacekeepers and wounded twenty-two.

Save the Children Group Says Sexual Abuse by Aid Workers, Peacekeepers 'Rife'

Apparently some UN peacekeepers and NGO aid groups are providing "aid" on their own terms. Save The Children UK has released a damning report on blatant abuses, including abuse of children. The problem is known, but not acted upon. Talk about sick.

Kenya: Opposition Leader Calls for Peacekeepers

Raila Odinga , the leader of the Kenyan Opposition, has called on the African Union to send in peacekeepers to stop the violence that is spreading across the country and leaving nearly 900 dead.
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Central African Republic s President Michel Djotodia leaves the presidential palace after speaking w...
Central African Republic's President Michel Djotodia leaves the presidential palace after speaking with civil society members in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 26, 2013
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UN peacekeepers from the Philippines cross the Israeli army crossing of Quneitra between Syria to the Israeli annexed Golan Heights on June 12, 2013
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