Peacekeeping forces

December 07, 2017 - 5:00 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military has begun withdrawing dozens of its troops from a regional force in Somalia, a military official said Thursday, marking the beginning of the end of an African Union team that has battled violent Islamic extremists. Some 281 troops will leave Somalia by Dec...
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks with the media as she arrives for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. NATO foreign ministers meet for a two-day session to discuss EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 05, 2017 - 11:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Canada's foreign minister says her country would back e a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine but only if it could have access to border areas with Russia. Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Brussels Tuesday that "a peacekeeping option for the Donbas is possible only if those...
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November 24, 2017 - 8:13 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Four U.N. peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed and 21 others injured in two attacks on peacekeepers in Mali on Friday, U.N. officials said. Suspected jihadists attacked peacekeepers carrying out on an operation with Malian defense forces in Indelimane, about 70...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 10, 2017 - 11:16 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, shakes hands with people at Bangassou Cathedral Bangui, Central African Republic. Surrounded by hostile Christian militias, Muslim civilians in the volatile Central African Republic town of Bangassou have paid small fortunes to United Nations contractors to hide them in vehicles and take them to safety after U.N. peacekeepers repeatedly refused to do so, according to multiple people who made the journey. (AP Photo/Joel Kouam, File)
October 26, 2017 - 11:35 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Surrounded by hostile Christian militias, Muslim civilians in the volatile Central African Republic town of Bangassou have paid small fortunes to United Nations contractors to hide them in vehicles and take them to safety after U.N. peacekeepers repeatedly...
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In this photo taken Monday, June 5, 2017, a refugee pastor from the Yei area of South Sudan, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from South Sudanese intelligence officials, covers his face with his Bible inscribed with the word "Redemption," promising revenge, as he is photographed in his hut in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. When the region of Yei in South Sudan fell into ethnic cleansing in 2016, a handful of UN and US officials begged their leaders for help but the pleas fell on deaf ears, an AP investigation has found. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
October 23, 2017 - 1:48 pm
YEI, South Sudan (AP) — In a story Oct. 18 about the failure of the U.N. and U.S. to prevent "ethnic cleansing" in parts of South Sudan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.N. is still considering establishing a permanent base in the region of Yei. The U.N. decided two months ago...
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Sandra Honore, a diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago who has served since July 2013 as the head of the U.N. mission in Haiti known as MINUSTAH, listens to a question during an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti is coming to an end on Oct. 15. Immediately afterward, the U.N. will start a new mission made up of international civilian police officers and civilians. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
October 05, 2017 - 8:08 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are...
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September 18, 2017 - 8:18 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said sexual abuse is a problem that goes beyond peacekeeping missions and plagues the entire United Nations, pledging Monday to root out the problem "once and for all." The leaders of 57 countries joined a group established by Guterres to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 9, 2011, file photo, United Nations soldiers wave as they drive past forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, at a republican forces operating base on the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast is coming to an end Friday, June 30, 2017, 13 years after forces intervened to implement a peace agreement that left the war-wracked economic giant split into two pieces. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
June 30, 2017 - 7:46 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The General Assembly on Friday agreed to a significant cut in the budget for the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping missions, a reduction that the Trump administration fought hard to achieve though it wanted an even larger decrease. After lengthy and heated negotiations, the...
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FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Sri Lankan government troops perform a drill practice at a camp in Trincomalee, Sir Lanka. In 1983, civil war broke out, with rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (or LTTE, known as Tamil Tigers) fighting government forces for an independent homeland for ethnic Tamils in northern and eastern regions of the island nation. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)
May 26, 2017 - 4:11 am
Sri Lanka's participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations began while the country was embroiled in a brutal, generation-long civil war. Yet, even as Sri Lanka refused to investigate alleged war crimes by its troops during that conflict, the U.N. continued to deploy thousands of Sri Lankan...
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