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UN peacekeepers rescue 36 migrants outside Lebanese waters

Sep. 14, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said it rescued on Monday 36 people onboard a ship carrying migrants outside Lebanon’s territorial waters. The force, known as UNIFIL, said there were 37 migrants on the ship but that one had died by the time the peacekeepers rescued the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege speaks to the media during a news conference in Oslo, Norway. Death threats against the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Congolese doctor have alarmed his supporters who are urging in Sept. 2020 the United Nations to reinstate protection by its peacekeepers, but it likely won't return. (Lise Aserud/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)

UN protection back for threatened Nobel-winning Congo doctor

Sep. 9, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For weeks, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Congolese doctor has faced death threats, leading alarmed supporters to urge the United Nations to reinstate the peacekeepers who were withdrawn from his hospital months ago. On Wednesday, after international expressions of concern, the...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, a United Nations armored vehicle passes displaced people walking towards the U.N. Protection of Civilians camp in Malakal, South Sudan. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan said on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 that it has begun withdrawing its troops and police from the protection of civilians camps that continue to shelter more than 180,000 people two years after the end of the country's civil war. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

UN begins pullout from South Sudan civilian protection camps

Sep. 4, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan said Friday it has begun withdrawing its troops and police from the civilian protection camps that began as a frantic experiment in the heat of civil war and still shelter more than 180,000 people two years after the conflict ended....

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, U.N. peacekeepers parade during a ceremony to mark the transfer of authority between the outgoing and the newly appointed head of the mission at the UNIFIL headquarters in the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura, Lebanon. As the United Nations prepares to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping operation in southern Lebanon, Israel is working with Security Council members to push for tough changes in the way the force deals with the Hezbollah militant group, Israeli officials said Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

UN council approves cut in Lebanon peacekeepers as US sought

Aug. 28, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday cutting the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon and expanding its mandate to address U.S. and Israeli concerns about activities of the militant group Hezbollah in the area. The French-drafted resolution reduced...

UN calls for action to increase women in peacekeeping

Aug. 28, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday calling on the United Nations and its 193 member nations to step up action to increase the number of women in military and civilian positions at all levels in the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations. The...

A UN patrol drives past a Hezbollah flag and a concrete barrier in southern Lebanon on the border with Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Israeli attack helicopters struck observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group along the Lebanon border overnight after shots were fired at Israeli troops operating in the area, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel attacks Hezbollah posts after shots fired at soldiers

Aug. 26, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli attack helicopters struck observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group along the Lebanon border overnight after shots were fired at Israeli troops operating in the area, the military said Wednesday. Israel has been bracing for a possible attack by the Iran-backed Lebanese...

People cheer in celebration as security forces drive through the streets of the capital Bamako, Mali, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, a day after armed soldiers fired into the air outside President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's home and took him into their custody. African and Western leaders condemned on Wednesday the junta that forced Mali's president from power, warning the coup was a deep setback for the West African nation that could threaten the battle against Islamic extremism. (AP Photo)

Global leaders condemn Mali coup amid worry about extremists

Aug. 19, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — African and Western leaders condemned on Wednesday the junta that forced Mali’s president from power, warning the coup was a deep setback for the West African nation that could threaten the battle against Islamic extremism. Soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, U.N. peacekeepers parade during a ceremony to mark the transfer of authority between the outgoing and the newly appointed head of the mission at the UNIFIL headquarters in the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura, Lebanon. As the United Nations prepares to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping operation in southern Lebanon, Israel is working with Security Council members to push for tough changes in the way the force deals with the Hezbollah militant group, Israeli officials said Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Israel pushes for changes in UN's Lebanon peacekeeping force

Aug. 19, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As the United Nations prepares to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping operation in southern Lebanon, Israel is working with Security Council members to push for tough changes in the way the force deals with the Hezbollah militant group, Israeli officials said Wednesday. Israeli...

Malian troops and citizens gather outside the private residence of Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Bamako, Mali Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Mutinous soldiers surrounded the private residence of Keita on Tuesday, firing shots into the air and a West African regional official confirmed that the president and prime minister had been detained, following several months of demonstrations calling for his resignation. (AP Photo)

Mali's president announces resignation after armed mutiny

Aug. 19, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s president announced his resignation late Tuesday, just hours after armed soldiers seized him from his home in a dramatic power grab following months of protests demanding his ouster. The news of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s departure was met with jubilation...

People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

Aug. 12, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council remains at odds over the way the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon operates on the ground, with the United States backing Israel’s demands for major changes. At a closed council meeting Tuesday on the mission known as UNIFIL, whose mandate...