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UN extends peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Nov. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic for a year, with a mandate to protect civilians, support peace efforts, and assist in preparing for elections starting in 2020. The French-drafted resolution welcomed...

Clarification: Central African Republic-UN-Sex Abuse Report

Nov. 4, 2019 8:22 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story Nov. 1, The Associated Press included quotes from U.N. OIOS investigator Ben Swanson which suggested that he questioned the findings of a draft report on an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic. The story should...

Leaked UN report shows failed investigation on sexual abuse

Oct. 31, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations botched its investigation into accusations of sexual abuse in Central African Republic, letting down victims, according to a draft report. The report, written in 2017 but not yet made public, was leaked to The New Humanitarian and seen by The Associated Press. A...

Putin aims to boost Moscow's clout with Russia-Africa summit

Oct. 23, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, reflecting Moscow's new push for clout. Speaking at the two-day summit attended...

Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift

Oct. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is following China's lead and making a splashy bid for influence in Africa, hosting the continent's leaders this week in the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit. The Kremlin on Monday said 43 of the continent's 54 heads of state or government are expected to...

Senegal helicopter crashes in C. African Republic, killing 3

Sep. 27, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three Senegalese soldiers died after their helicopter crashed in Central African Republic on Friday, Senegal's armed forces said. The air force helicopter was returning from an operational mission with the United Nations peacekeeping force when it crashed in the town of Bouar. Another...

They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

Sep. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That's what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices...

Prospects of war and chances for peace dominate UN speeches

Sep. 25, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Prospects for war and peace from the Middle East to Europe, Africa and Latin America dominated the second day of the annual gathering of world leaders Wednesday, reflecting the complex global landscape where conflicts persist and terrorism is spreading. Iran remained foremost on...

Nobel laureate starts fund for survivors of sexual violence

Sep. 22, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize-winning surgeon whose hospital in war-torn Congo has treated over 50,000 victims of sexual violence has launched a fund with the goal of providing reparations for survivors of conflicts around the world. Dr. Denis Mukwege said in an interview Saturday that he and...