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The body of a man who was killed during a deadly attack is moved on a gurney, in the southern Helmand province, Monday, June 29, 2020. A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Helmand province on Monday killed over 20 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

UN says Afghan army mistakenly fired mortars that killed 23

Jul. 1, 2020 7:27 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. mission in Afghanistan said its findings indicate the Afghan military had mistakenly fired the mortars this week at a busy market in southern Helmand province that inflicted heavy civilian casualties. According to a statement from the office of the Helmand provincial...

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's resignation take to the streets in the capital Bamako, Mali.  The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday, June 29, to extend the mandate of the 15,600-strong  U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term road map with benchmarks and conditions for the force to hand over security responsibilities and leave the West African nation. Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)

Security Council extends peacekeeping force in Mali for year

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term and detailed plan for it to hand over security responsibilities and leave the West African nation. The resolution adopted by the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of handing Gold Stars medals to heroes of labor marking the Day of Russia holiday in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 12, 2020. The ceremony marked the first big public event Putin attended since announcing a nationwide lockdown more than two months ago. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin suggests he was key in Kosovo airport occupation

Jun. 14, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that he was a key figure in the takeover of Kosovo’s airport by Russian troops at the end of the 1999 war. The occupation of the Slatina airport outside the capital Pristina produced one of the most tense standoffs between Russia and the...

Differences on peace progress in Mali amid terrorist acts

Jun. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Belgium on Thursday criticized signatories to Mali’s 2015 peace agreement for failing to implement it while the U.N. secretary-general, France and others reported progress in the past year. The opposing views at a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting...

FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo, a French soldier stands inside a military helicopter during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the troops of Operation Barkhane, Islamic extremists in West Africa's Sahel region are trying to exploit COVID-19 to gain followers but haven't had much success, according to the commander of the French military's Operation Barkhane there. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP, File)

Sahel force fighting terrorism faces growing threat

Jun. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mauritania’s foreign minister said Friday the five-nation African force fighting terrorism in the Sahel is facing a growing security threat sweeping the region that is not only local but a global problem that demands an international response. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, whose...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. A statement from Hamdok’s office says deadly tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's South Darfur province that erupted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and continued into Wednesday have since subsided. (AP Photo, File)

UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur

Jun. 4, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country’s democratic transition. But the council did not set a...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

UN announces first 2 deaths of UN peacekeepers from COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday announced the deaths of the first two U.N. peacekeepers from COVID-19. He made the announcement at a ceremony marking the International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers, saying both peacekeepers, who died Thursday and Friday, were serving in Mali....

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, center, stands next to the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Major-General Stefano Del Col, left, as he reviews the honor guard of the United Nations peacekeepers, upon his arrival at their headquarters, in the southern coastal border town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The visit comes against the backdrop of a war of words between Israel and Lebanese officials, including the powerful Hezbollah group, over the mandate of the U.N. troops, known as UNIFIL, deployed in southern Lebanon since an Israel invasion in 1978. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanon extends mandate of UN force along Israel border

May. 29, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

Beirut (AP) — Lebanon’s government agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon along the border with Israel for another year, the country’s information minister said. The extension of the peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, comes as Israel is...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab reviews the honor guard of the United Nations peacekeepers, upon his arrival at their headquarters in the southern coastal border town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The visit comes against the backdrop of a war of words between Israel and Lebanese officials, including the powerful Hezbollah group, over the mandate of the U.N. troops, known as UNIFIL, deployed in southern Lebanon since an Israel invasion in 1978. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanese PM visits UN peacekeepers amid dispute over mandate

May. 27, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister visited United Nations peacekeepers in the country's south near the border with Israel on Wednesday, describing the presence of the force in the volatile area as a necessity. The visit by Prime Minister Hassan Diab comes amid the backdrop of a war of words between...