Dec 15, 2014

U.N. says death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April, and more than a quarter of the recorded deaths have come since a much-ignored ceasefire, U.N. rights investigators said Monday. A new report from the U.N. ...

Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

Nov 7, 2014

Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama has presented the highest U.S. military honor to a Union Army officer who was killed more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg, often described as the turning point of the American Civil War. Obama says he’s aware he ...

New wealth rises in Mogadishu as millions suffer

Nov 6, 2014

New wealth rises in Mogadishu as millions suffer

The first ATM and the construction of modern buildings and trendy restaurants are exciting signs of growth for those living in Somalia’s capital. That is, if you have money. Even as war-torn Mogadishu makes strides forward, thousands of residents are facing the prospect of ...

Yemen leader warns of civil war; rebels cry victory

Sep 24, 2014

Yemen leader warns of civil war; rebels cry victory

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned Tuesday of “civil war” in Sunni-majority Yemen and vowed to restore state authority as Shiite rebels in apparent near-total control of Sanaa hailed their “victory.” Yemen “is facing a conspiracy” and “the danger of slipping into civil war,” ...

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Aug 28, 2014

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an ...

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 17, 2014

War-torn South Sudan gets Chinese weapons delivery

The government in civil war-torn South Sudan has taken delivery of new Chinese arms, including anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers and assault rifles, the country’s defense minister confirmed Wednesday. The minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said the deal with China North Industries Corp (Norinco) was concluded ...