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Armed Egyptian Bedouins Blockade International Peacekeepers in Sinai

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Armed Egyptian Bedouins have surrounded an international peacekeepers’ camp in the Sinai Peninsula to try to pressure Egyptian authorities into releasing fellow tribesmen from prison. The Bedouin protesters have been blocking roads around the Multinational Force and Observers camp in northern Sinai since last Friday, preventing vehicles from entering or leaving the site. In a […]

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UN Chief Voices Concern for Tibetan Hunger Strikers

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern Wednesday for the well-being of three Tibetan activists who launched a hunger strike more than three weeks ago in front of U.N. headquarters in New York. Mr. Ban, in a statement released by a spokesman, said he “affirms the right of all people to peaceful protest.” However, he said […]

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Sudan/South Sudan Talks in Deadlock

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Talks between Sudan and South Sudan broke down in a shouting match late Tuesday, not long after the U.N. demanded the countries take steps to avoid war. A participant in the talks told VOA that the talks stopped after the sides could not agree on the wording of a draft agreement over citizenship issues. Negotiations […]

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UN ‘Demands’ Stop to Sudan, South Sudan Violence

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council is demanding that Sudan and South Sudan take steps to prevent war, as the sides begin a new round of talks in Ethiopia. The two Sudans are locked in a bitter dispute over oil, and accuse each other of supporting the other’s rebel groups. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of Britain, which […]

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UN Urges Anti-Piracy Action in West Africa

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is urging West African countries to hold a summit to confront the growing threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region. The 15-member body on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the countries and other regional organizations to develop a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy. Pirate attacks have become increasingly […]

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Darfur Rebels Release Int’l Peacekeepers, Hold Sudanese

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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((adds audio, new headline, new info & edits grafs 1- 4) Rebels in Sudan’s Darfur region say they have freed 49 international peacekeepers they seized Sunday but are holding onto three Sudanese nationals. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said the peacekeepers from the joint U.N.-African Union mission in Darfur entered rebel territory without permission. […]

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Darfur Rebels Claim Capture of 50 UN Peacekeepers

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A rebel group in Sudan’s Darfur region says it has abducted about 50 international peacekeepers, mostly from Senegal. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) says it detained the soldiers on Sunday, after they allegedly entered a rebel-held area without permission. A group spokesman, Gibreel Adam Bilal, says the soldiers were accompanied by three suspected Sudanese […]

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UN Calls for Reforms to Benefit Burmese People

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A top U.N. official urged Burma Friday to ensure that new reforms benefit citizens of the impoverished nation in areas such as healthcare and education. Vijay Nambiar, special adviser to the U.N. chief on Burma, made the appeal at the end of a five-day visit during which he met key figures including President Thein Sein […]

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UN: Mladic Trial Delayed Until May

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has announced a six-week delay in the trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic to give the defense more time to prepare its case. The United Nations court said in a statement Wednesday that the trial will begin on May 14 instead of the original start date of March […]

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UN Pledges Support for Burma Reforms

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations official has assured officials in Burma that the U.N.’s commitment to reforms in the Southeast Asian country is firm. Under Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar told a policy development conference in the capital of Naypytaw that the U.N. stands ready to help Burma “catch up with the changing world” by redoubling efforts to […]

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