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South Sudan: UN Peacekeeping Chief Warns That South Sudan Is at a 'Critical Juncture'

Published December 4, 2015 by All Africa
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UN Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the UN Security Council on Wednesday (December 2) that with both sides repeatedly violating the ceasefire, and endangering progress so far made towards a political transition, the South Sudan peace process was at a critical juncture and in need of increased international support.

Central African leader says U.N. forces need news powers to guard vote

Published December 2, 2015 by Reuters
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U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic need stronger powers to take on armed groups trying to disrupt the build-up to presidential elections, the country's interim prime minister Mahamat Kamoun said.Central African Republic descended into turmoil in March 2013, when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power earlier in the year provoking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias forcing France to intervene.

Suspected jihadists kill 3 at U.N. base in north Mali

Published November 29, 2015 by Reuters
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The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people inside, in the latest sign that the West African country's Islamist insurgency is intensifying.

UN peacekeeper among 13 dead in Ugandan rebel attack in DR Congo

Published November 30, 2015 by AFP
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Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - At least 13 people, including a UN peacekeeper, were killed in an overnight attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, sources said Monday.

U.N. says Burundi on brink of war but no need for peacekeepers yet

Published December 1, 2015 by Reuters
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Burundi is on the brink of a war that could have "potentially disastrous effects in an already fragile region" but there is no immediate need to deploy United Nations peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday.

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U.N. urges deployment of more peacekeepers to South Sudan

Published November 23, 2015 by Reuters
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South Sudan is at risk of sinking into a cycle of revenge killings on a large scale, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he recommended an extra 1,100 peacekeepers be deployed to the world's youngest nation.In a Nov. 20 report to the U.N. Security Council on the world body's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, seen by Reuters on Monday, Ban questioned the commitment by the warring parties to a peace deal signed in August.

World's most dangerous peacekeeping mission

Published November 20, 2015 by BBC News
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Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, where 170 people were staying. At least 18 people have been killed and most hostages rescued. The BBC's Alastair Leithead recently went on patrol with the UN's peacekeeping mission in the country, which has suffered more casualties than any other in recent years.

"Deplorable" conditions of displaced in South Sudan U.N. camp threaten lives - agency

Published November 19, 2015 by Thomson Reuters Foundation
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NAIROBI, Nov 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 48,000 displaced South Sudanese sheltering in a United Nations base are falling ill in large numbers because of overcrowded and substandard living conditions, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Thursday.

New UNAMID chief to visit Sudan on Thursday

Published November 18, 2015 by Sudan Tribune
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November 18, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government announced today that the incoming chief of the African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi will arrive in Khartoum on Thursday for the first time since his appointment.

UN says displaced people threaten its staff in South Sudan

Published November 18, 2015 by Radio Tamazuj
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The United Nations says it is seeking ways for displaced people sheltering in its bases in South Sudan to return to their homes due to threats against UN personnel from these displaced people.

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