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UN Attack Helicopters Support Congo Fight Against Ituri Rebels

Published June 5, 2015 by Bloomberg Business
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United Nations attack helicopters are backing the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army in its push to eradicate a rebel threat in northeast Congo, the UN said.

Rapid Support Forces Recover Four UNAMID Vehicles

Published June 4, 2015 by Sudan Vision
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Nyala – Rapid Support Forces in South Darfur State managed yesterday to recover for UNAMID vehicles which were carjacked by a group of criminals. Three of the hijackers were arrested.For his part, South Darfur Acting Deputy Governor, Omer Mohammed Bashir urged the UNAMID staff to coordinate with the security institutions in the state to enable confronting the criminal activities. He pointed out that the group that carjacked the vehicles are working with the UNAMID, calling on the UNAMID to review its contracts with the recruited staff in the future.

South Sudan explains why UN relief coordinator was expelled

Published June 2, 2015 by Sudan Tribune
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June 2, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has explained circumstances under which it expelled Toby Lanzer, the United Nations relief coordinator in the country.

Renewed fighting in South Sudan displaces over 100,000: UN

Published June 3, 2015 by Sudan Tribune
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June 3, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said over 100,000 people have been displaced over the last two months alone due to fierce fighting in South Sudan.

UN chief orders review of handling of claims of child abuse by French soldiers

Published June 3, 2015 by The Guardian
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The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has made a dramatic intervention in the scandal of French peacekeepers allegedly abusing children in Africa by announcing an independent external review of how his organisation handled the affair.

Ban condemns South Sudan’s decision to expel UN humanitarian coordinator

Published June 1, 2015 by UN News Centre
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1 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the Government of South Sudan's decision to expel his Deputy Special Representative and the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Toby Lanzer.

UN firms stance as peacekeeper child sex abuse allegations grow

Published May 30, 2015 by Deutsche Welle
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Rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein urged the countries to investigate whether troops they later assigned to UN missions sexually abused children. A six-page UN report details the alleged abuse by troops from France, Chad and Equatorial Guinea between December 2013 and June 2014 at a center for displaced people at M'Poko airport in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui.

Peacekeeper, South Sudanese IDPs Wounded in UN Camp Shooting

Published May 29, 2015 by Voice of America
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JUBA—A United Nations peacekeeper and nine civilians were wounded when an unknown number of South Sudanese army soldiers opened fire at the United Nations protection of civilians site in Malakal, an eye-witness and U.N. officials said Friday.

MONUSCO will make gradual withdrawal from DRC – Kobler

The UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) will make a gradual withdrawal from the country, the UN mission head Martin Kobler said in Kinshasa on Friday.Speaking at the Peacekeepers Day celebration, Kobler declared: “MONUSCO, like all peacekeeping operations, does not intend to last long in DRC

Kagame wants stronger Africa role in peacekeeping Publish Date: May 28, 2015

Published May 28, 2015 by New Vision
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KIGALI - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has said close coordination between Africa, the UN and other partners will be critical in the success of peacekeeping missions across the world.

In his keynote address at the opening of an international conference on the protection of civilians in the capital, Kigali, Kagame said the continent had built capacity to quickly respond to its crises.

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