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16 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Alarming’ outbreak of violence in new area of South Sudan uproots 15,000, UN reports

08 January 2016 – Fighting between armed groups and Government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, with hundreds of houses burned down or looted, has uprooted 15,000 people over the past five weeks, and 500 a day are now pouring into Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


UN envoy in Central African Republic meets with presidential candidates following first election round

06 January 2016 – The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) reported today that the top UN official in the country has met with 28 of the 30 presidential candidates in the capital, Bangui, just days after the first round of presidential and legislative elections.


South African special forces commander appointed to lead UN troops in DR Congo

29 December 2015 – A former South African special forces commander with previous United Nations peacekeeping experience has been appointed to lead the troops serving with the world body’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it was announced today.


FEATURE: From a first mission of 120 unarmed men – UN peacekeeping across the decades

29 December 2015 – It began when the United Nations was not even three years old, in the fog of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, the Organization’s first peacekeeping mission – 120 unarmed men in motley uniforms, not a gun between them, fanning out across scrubby hilltops and desert cliffs to monitor a shaky truce.


2015 in pictures:
a review of some of the year’s major developments

23 December 2015 – Looking back at the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summed it up in two words: “breakthrough and horror.”


Central African Republic: ICC Prosecutor warns against election-related violence, atrocity crimes

23 December 2015 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for general elections, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today that her Office will record any instance of violence and that anyone committing atrocity crimes will be held accountable.