Africa

New massacre leaves 36 dead in eastern DR Congo

Published December 7, 2014 by AFP
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Suspected Ugandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo hacked 36 people to death with machetes and axes, authorities said Sunday, as an outcry grew against the failure of the army and UN peacekeepers to stop a repeat of such massacres.

Revenge killings in Central African Republic leave at least 14 dead

Published December 5, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - At least 14 people have been killed in tit-for-tat sectarian violence in Central African Republic, a Red Cross official said on Friday, and hundreds of Christians have sought shelter in the main church in the central town of Bambari.

UN could reduce DR Congo mission from 2015

Published December 4, 2014 by AFP
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The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the biggest in the world, said Thursday it could cut its presence from next year, despite continued bloodshed in the east of the country.

France Starts Pulling Troops From Central African Republic

Published December 4, 2014 by Reuters
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France is withdrawing troops from Central African Republic as a United Nations peacekeeping force nears its full deployment, but it will keep a presence to support the U.N. with a rapid reaction force, officials and diplomats said.

AMISOM Undertakes New Role in Somalia

Published December 3, 2014 by Voice of America
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The UN-sanctioned military mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is taking on a new role after freeing much of the country from al-Shabab control.

New operating guidelines will allow troops to re-open key supply routes once blockaded by militants in south central Somalia, where more freedom of movement is needed to help alleviate the impact of drought and food insecurity.

Five Somalis killed in al-Shabaab suicide attack on UN convoy

Published December 4, 2014 by DPA International
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Mogadishu (dpa) - Five people were killed in a suicide bombing by Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab on a United Nations convoy outside the airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu, security officials said Wednesday.

"The security escorts did their best to hit back [at] the suicide car bomber before he reached his target," security official Mohamed Hassan told dpa. "The vehicle detonated too early and didn't reach the UN convoy."

Anti-Balaka group to lay down arms in CAR

Published November 30, 2014 by Al Jazeera
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The 'anti-Balaka' armed group in Central African Republic (CAR) has announced that it would lay down its weapons and become a political movement.

Sudan closes UNAMID human rights office

Published November 26, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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November 26, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan ordered this week the closure of a human rights office of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), saying it contradicts the mandate of the operation and incompatible with the agreement signed the Sudanese government.

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