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African Union to send 5,000 peace keepers to Burundi to protect civilians

African Union to send 5,000 peace keepers to Burundi to protect civilians

Uganda said on Saturday it would resume mediating peace talks for Burundi after violence that has pushed the Central African country close to civil war and led the African Union to prepare for the imposition of a peace keeping force. Both the government and Burundi’s largest opposition coalition welcomed the move to restart talks. On […]

UN to Send Expert Monitors to Burundi

UN to Send Expert Monitors to Burundi

The top UN human rights assembly has approved a resolution calling for the immediate deployment of experts to Burundi to investigate abuses and prevent the escalation of violence, as the Africa Union warned that it won’t allow a “genocide” to take place. At least 87 people were killed on Friday in the worst violence in […]

Fuelled By Corruption, South Sudan War Enters Third Year

Fuelled By Corruption, South Sudan War Enters Third Year

South Sudan is an oil-rich country with fertile soil and a wealth of untapped mineral riches. Pilfering money is easy for those who are so inclined, and the attraction of diverting revenues for personal benefit is a key reason why the young country has been mired in a deadly, destructive two-year conflict. “There are many […]

UN Failed to Respond to Sex Abuse Claims in Central African Republic

UN Failed to Respond to Sex Abuse Claims in Central African Republic

A new report has condemned the UN for failing to respond to allegations of child abuse against peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). The independent investigation released on Thursday said the UN handling of the case was “seriously flawed”, accusing it of not taking the required action after the alleged abuse of young boys […]

Central African Republic Rebel Leader Declares Autonomous State

Central African Republic Rebel Leader Declares Autonomous State

A Muslim rebel leader in the Central African Republic (CAR) has declared an autonomous state in his northeastern stronghold after rejecting upcoming elections aimed at ending years of conflict. A spokesman and chief lieutenant for Nourredine Adam, the leader of a splinter faction of the Muslim Seleka rebel group, said the Republic of Logone was […]

Kidnappings Skyrocket in Congo-Kinshasa

Kidnappings Skyrocket in Congo-Kinshasa

At least 175 people have been kidnapped for ransom during 2015 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. Former and current members of armed groups appear responsible for many of the kidnappings. The vast majority of the cases documented by Human Rights Watch were in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province, in […]

South Sudan Commanders Accused of Using Child Soldiers

South Sudan Commanders Accused of Using Child Soldiers

More than a dozen senior commanders and officials who children say recruited them as soldiers in South Sudan should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday The United Nations says 16,000 children have joined armed groups since South Sudan’s civil war erupted two years ago. “It’s the brutal recruitment that is the most […]

US and Britain confirm they will fight Russia if it attacks Turkey: Putin wants war as he sends warships

US and Britain confirm they will fight Russia if it attacks Turkey: Putin wants war as he sends warships

A ‘monstrous’ new crisis has begun after Turkey shot down a Russian military plane, sparking fears of a war.Vladimir Putin has accused the Turks of a ‘stab in the back’, branding them ‘accomplices of terrorists’. Russia warned the incident the first time a Nato country has downed a Russian military jet since 1953 would have […]

Turkey shoots down Russian jet after violating its air space

Turkey shoots down Russian jet after violating its air space

Turkey’s military have today shot down a Russian war plane near its border with Syria after the jet violated Turkish air space.The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter planes after ignoring nearly a dozen warnings, Turkish army officials said. However, Russia’s Ministry of Defence claims the jet was in Syrian […]

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