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Japan extends peacekeeping mission in South Sudan through October

Published February 9, 2016 by The Japan Times
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The Cabinet gave its blessing Tuesday to an extension of the Self-Defense Forces’ peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by eight months until the end of October.

What drives South Asians to peacekeeping?

Published January 11, 2016 by Deutsche Welle
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Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal are among the top contributors to UN peacekeeping missions across the world. But what factors are driving these relatively poor nations to send troops to work under the UN flag?In a number of conflict zones across the world - stretching from Western Sahara to the Middle East - military experts, troops and police working under United Nations command are striving to foster peace and maintain order.

At least 848 Afghan civilian casualties in Kunduz: U.N.

Published December 12, 2015 by Reuters
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At least 848 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded following a Taliban attack on the northern city of Kunduz in September, according to a U.N. report that detailed the grim conditions endured by residents during two weeks of fighting.

Role of police in peacekeeping acknowledged at UN headquarters

Published November 10, 2015 by Xinhua News Agency
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The heads of police from UN peacekeeping missions on Monday gathered at UN headquarters in New York to discuss ways to improve their support to UN peacekeeping.

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns bomb attack in eastern town

Published October 26, 2015 by Xinhua News Agency
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KABUL, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday condemned the killing of two human rights workers in eastern city of Jalalabad earlier on the day.

ASEAN senior peacekeepers meet in Cambodia to exchange experience, expertise

Published October 7, 2015 by Xinhua News Agency
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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Senior peacekeepers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met here on Wednesday to exchange experience and expertise in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

Why China Is Suddenly Increasing Its Stake in U.N.'s Troubled Humanitarian Forces

Published October 6, 2015 by Europe Newsweek
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China used to disdain the U.N. For the three decades after it joined the Security Council in 1971, it mostly didn't even bother to vote on whether to approve peacekeeping missions, which it viewed as interference in the sovereign affairs of others. So when President Xi Jinping announced at the U.N.

Afghanistan: UN stresses need to protect civilians amid reported abuses in Kunduz

Published September 30, 2015 by UN News Centre
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30 September 2015 – Amid reports of extrajudicial executions, abductions and other abuses in Kunduz following this week’s attack by the Taliban, the United Nations today reminded all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan of their obligations to protect civilians and to respect human rights at all times.

U.S., India agree to jointly train peacekeepers in Africa

Published September 22, 2015 by Reuters
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The United States and India agreed on Tuesday to train troops in six African countries before they are deployed to U.N. peacekeeping missions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Deploring latest Afghan attack, UN calls for perpetrators to be held accountable

Published August 7, 2015 by UN News Centre
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7 August 2015 – The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has condemned the killing of at least eight civilians and the injuring of more than 200 in an attack that took place in Kabul today.

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