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C. African president urges disarming armed groups

New York - The Central African Republic's President Faustin-Archange Touadera told the United Nations on Monday he wants to "accelerate" the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of members of armed groups.

UN peacekeeper, 22 fighters killed in C. Africa attack

New York - A peacekeeper was killed and 11 others wounded when a UN base was attacked early Tuesday in the Central African Republic, triggering heavy fighting that also left 22 fighters dead.

US says others should pay bigger share of UN peacekeeping bill

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley told countries at the United Nations on Wednesday they need to "step up" and pay a bigger share of the multi-billion-dollar bill for peacekeeping operations.

UN strengthens role of DR Congo mission in elections

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday tasked its huge peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare elections meant to end President Joseph Kabila's rule.

UN strengthens role of DR Congo mission in elections

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously backed a resolution that tasks the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare elections and avoid deadly violence.

UN peacekeepers could help prepare DR Congo vote: draft resolution

New York - The United Nations Security Council is considering a French-drafted resolution that would task peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare credible elections.

Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali: official

Ottawa - Canadian peacekeepers backed by helicopters will join UN Blue Helmets in the troubled west African nation of Mali before autumn, a government source said on Friday.

UN receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct

New York - The United Nations received 138 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse last year and nearly half were against UN peacekeeping missions, a report said on Tuesday.

UN report backs peacekeeping changes in face of deaths

New York - UN peacekeeping forces need to change the way they operate and not shy away from using force to reverse a worrying trend of escalating fatalities, according to a new report made public Monday.

Case dismissed against French troops accused of child rape in C. Africa

Paris - French investigating magistrates have closed a probe into allegations that French soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic while on a peacekeeping mission, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.

Brazil ready to send peacekeepers to C. Africa: general

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is ready to send at least 750 peacekeepers to join a United Nations force patrolling the Central African Republic, a Brazilian general said Tuesday.

Srebrenica massacre haunts UN peacekeeping

New York - UN peacekeeping hit a rock-bottom low when blue helmets in Bosnia failed to prevent the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, a year after peacekeepers pulled out of Rwanda as it was convulsed by mass atrocities.

UN agrees to send 900 extra peacekeepers to C. Africa

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to beef up the UN mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops and step up measures to prevent sex abuse by peacekeepers.

UN votes on more peacekeepers, prevent sex abuse in C. Africa

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to adopt on Wednesday a draft resolution that will add 900 troops to the UN mission in the Central African Republic and step up measures to prevent sex abuse by peacekeepers.

UN opens probe of peacekeepers' response in C. Africa

New York - The United Nations on Monday opened an independent investigation to determine whether UN peacekeepers responded appropriately to an outbreak of recent violence in the Central African Republic.

US backs 900 extra UN peacekeepers for C. Africa

New York - The United States signaled on Tuesday it was ready to back a French-drafted UN resolution that would bolster the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops.

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

New York - The United Nations reported 31 new allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in three months Friday, with nearly half of those involving staff or partner organizations of the UN refugee agency.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

South Sudan forces 'assaulted' UN commander

New York - South Sudanese forces stopped a UN peacekeeping convoy at gunpoint and beat the unit's commander in the latest clash with peacekeepers in the war-wracked African country, a report obtained by AFP on Thursday said.

UN chief to highlight world's 'forgotten crisis' in C. Africa

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is traveling to the Central African Republic next week to draw attention to the world's "forgotten crisis" and its heavy toll on aid workers and UN peacekeepers.

UN chief wants 900 extra peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - Warning of a risk of ethnic cleansing, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the Security Council to beef up the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops.

New rape claims against UN peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, the United Nations said Wednesday, the latest in a spate of rape claims that have hit the UN mission.

Long-running UN mission to Haiti ends

Port-au-prince - The long-running United Nations mission in Haiti officially ended on Thursday after 13 years, but its aim of restoring stability in the Caribbean nation has yet to be fully achieved.

US spars with council partners over UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon

New York - The United States is wrestling with its Security Council partners over renewing the UN peacekeeping mission mandate in Lebanon, which Washington is calling to strengthen against the opinions of Paris and Moscow.

France seeks UN force in Lebanon's extension with no change in mandate

New York - France said Wednesday it wants the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon to stick to its current mandate, opposing US calls to strengthen the force's authority to deal with arms movements by Hezbollah, the Shiite militia.

UN approves $600 mn budget cut to peacekeeping

New York - The United Nations on Friday approved a nearly $600 million cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States to reduce funding to the world body.The General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total $7.

UN agrees to draw down Darfur peacekeeping force

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday agreed to a major drawdown of peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled region of Darfur after US pressure led to a $600-million cut in the UN budget for peace operations.

Under US pressure, UN agrees on deep cuts to peacekeeping

New York - A deal on cutting nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached Wednesday following weeks of negotiations over US demands for sharp cost reductions, UN diplomats said.

Under US pressure, UN agrees deep cuts to peacekeeping

New York - A tentative deal to cut nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached on Wednesday, capping weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp reduction in costs, UN diplomats said.

UN calls on Haiti government to step up

Port-au-prince - The UN Security Council on Saturday urged Haiti's government to take on a more active role in the country's development, as international peacekeepers prepare to pull out after a 13-year mission.
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