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UN demands Turkey, Turkish Cypriots reverse Varosha action

Jul. 29, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday again demanded that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots immediately reverse all actions to reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and backed further talks “in the near future” on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island. ...

UN says closing Darfur peacekeeping operation has hiccups

Jul. 27, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. logistics chief said Tuesday that closing down the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s western Darfur region is proceeding on schedule, though with some hiccups. Undersecretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare...

UN says five peacekeepers injured in attack in northern Mali

Jul. 26, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Five U.N. peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised explosive device in Mali's restive north Monday, the United Nations said. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said a quick reaction force was immediately sent to the site in...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

Jul. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided...

Women’s groups call for UN peacekeeping force in Afghanistan

Jul. 16, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Women’s rights supporters and faith leaders are calling for a United Nations peacekeeping force for Afghanistan to protect hard-won gains for women over the last two decades as American and NATO forces complete their pullout from the war-torn country and a Taliban...

Haitian arrested as alleged tie to assassination masterminds

Jul. 11, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The head of Haiti's national police announced Sunday that officers arrested a Haitian man accused of flying into the country on a private jet and working with the masterminds and alleged assassins behind the killing of President Jovenel Moïse. ...

France to pull more than 2,000 troops from Africa's Sahel

Jul. 09, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will withdraw more than 2,000 troops from an anti-extremism force in Africa’s Sahel region by early next year and pivot its military presence to specialized regional forces instead, President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. Macron announced last month...

As France plans to shrink Sahel force, jihadi threat grows

Jul. 08, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

GAO, Mali (AP) — During a grueling, weeks-long mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the same strict Islamic rule that preceded France’s military intervention here more than eight years ago. ...

UN says it's `imperative' Mali holds elections next February

Jun. 29, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday extending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in crisis-wracked Mali and said it’s “imperative” the military government hold presidential and legislative elections on schedule next February. ...

12 German soldiers wounded in attack on UN base in Mali

Jun. 25, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations said 12 German troops and a Belgian soldier serving in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali were wounded Friday in an attack in the country's restive north. The U.N. mission in the country, MINUSMA, had earlier said that 15 peacekeepers...