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EU slaps sanctions on Russian mercenaries, Wagner Group

Dec. 13, 2021 12:25 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed sanctions Monday on a group of private Russian military contractors it accuses of fomenting violence and committing human rights abuses in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine. EU foreign ministers agreed to slap asset freezes and travel...

Top US diplomat warns Russian group not to interfere in Mali

Nov. 20, 2021 12:51 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday warned a shadowy Russian company with connections to the Kremlin not to interfere in efforts aimed at restoring democracy in the West African nation of Mali. As he wrapped up a weeklong,...

Russia, West clash over Russian military presence in the CAR

Nov. 12, 2021 15:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic at a meeting Friday that saw Russia and the West clash over Russia’s military presence in the conflict-wracked nation. The vote on the...

Portuguese UN troops suspected in African smuggling scheme

Nov. 08, 2021 13:01 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Police in Portugal searched military installations and homes across the country on Monday following a tip-off that Portuguese troops stationed with a United Nations force in Africa have smuggled diamonds, drugs and gold back into Europe. Soldiers...

Central African Republic guards wound 10 UN peacekeepers

Nov. 02, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic’s presidential guard opened fire on United Nations peacekeepers in the capital, wounding 10 of them, the U.N. mission said Tuesday. One person was struck and killed by a U.N. vehicle as it fled the scene. ...

Central African Republic leader: Cease-fire aims for peace

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Central African Republic’s leader on Monday called his unilateral cease-fire announcement a new effort to restore peace to his crisis-wracked country. And he and strongly defended his decision to ask Russian instructors and Rwandan forces to help counter rebels...