U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

Mar 4, 2014

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended Monday deploying nearly 12,000 peacekeepers in Central African Republic to re-establish order in a country that has erupted in chaos and sectarian killing. The former French colony was thrown into turmoil after rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka group ...

Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

Mar 4, 2014

Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians, as he sought to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan. But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader ...

Mar 3, 2014

Pakistan suspends airstrikes against the Taliban

Pakistan said Sunday it was halting airstrikes against Taliban militants in response to a monthlong cease-fire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks. The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month, aimed ...

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

Jan 26, 2014

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

South Sudan’s government and rebels traded accusations Sunday that each had breached a cease-fire deal by attacking the other, but insisted they were committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict. Both sides insist they were attacked and have responded only in self-defence. The cease-fire, ...

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

Jan 24, 2014

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The peace deal represents the first real progress since political friction turned violent Dec. ...

Wave of clashes, bombings leave 30 dead across Iraq

Jan 19, 2014

Wave of clashes, bombings leave 30 dead across Iraq

Violence across Iraq, including a series of car bombings and fighting between militants and government troops over control of the country’s contested Anbar province, killed at least 30 people on Saturday, officials said. The bombings struck neighborhoods around the capital Baghdad. A car bomb ...

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

Jan 19, 2014

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

South Sudanese government forces, backed by Ugandan troops, on Saturday recaptured the strategic town of Bor, defeating an army of thousands of rebels, officials said. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said soldiers entered the town, capital of Jonglei state and situated about 200 km north ...

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Jan 10, 2014

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Three years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. Yet despite shared consternation by the Obama administration and Congress, no one is quite sure what the United States can do to ...