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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.

UN Security Council visits Haiti ahead of peacekeeper departure

Port-au-prince - The United Nations Security Council began a visit to Haiti on Thursday to assess the poorest country in the Americas three months before ending its 13-year peacekeeping mission there.

Congo peacekeepers accused of sex abuse to leave C. Africa: UN

New York - About 600 troops from Congo Republic serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic will be returning home following allegations of sex abuse, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.

UN council to vote on re-launching Western Sahara talks

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote Thursday on a draft resolution backing a UN bid to re-start talks on settling the decades-old Western Sahara conflict, diplomats said.

UN keeping eye on Haiti, envoy says

Port-au-prince - Sandra Honore -- a diplomat from Trinidad who has headed the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH since July 2013 -- says the UN will keep tabs on progress in the country even after the mission shuts down.

US envoy says sex abuse by UN peacekeepers 'must stop'

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that sex abuse by UN peacekeepers "must stop" following a media report detailing a child sex ring run by blue helmets in Haiti.

UN agrees to shut down Haiti peacekeeping mission

New York - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday agreed to shut down the peacekeeping mission in Haiti after 13 years and replace it with a smaller police-only force.

US says ending UN mission in Haiti is a 'strong example'

New York - The United States on Tuesday backed plans to shut down the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, saying this was a 'strong example' of how missions should change to take account of the country's political situation.

UN renews smaller DR Congo peacekeeping force

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Friday to renew the mandate of the peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but cut its numbers.

UN to scale back DR Congo peacekeeping force

New York - The United Nations Security Council will vote Friday to cut the number of troops in its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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